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Hidden Macedonia: The Mystic Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa (Armchair Traveller (Haus Publishing)) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus; 1st Edition edition (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905791046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905791040
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 13.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘There is a quirky charm to this attractively presented book.’ (Martin Davis Times Literary Supplement )

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While many vacationers are jetting off to the likes of the US Rockies or Florida beaches, fashionable European capitals or the Caribbean, Chris Deliso opens the window on a small, relatively undiscovered part of Europe, and reveals a delightful region of beauty, charm, culture, history and warmth. The lake region of Macedonia, which includes the enchanting lakes of Ohrid and Prespa, is made available to us through this brief travelogue in which Deliso travels with both companions and his family, stopping in little out-of-the-way villages and hamlets in Greece, Albania and Macedonia. Written in an easy, almost laidback style, Deliso throws in archeology, history, art, flora, fauna, geography, gastronomy, culture and a host of other subjects as he takes his readers on bumpy roads and across the placid lakes, spending time with the hospitable and warm folks who live there. Before you're halfway through the book, you might find yourself booking a trip to Macedonia to discover for yourself a unique and unspoiled part of Europe still unknown to most Westerners.
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Surprisingly very much non political but instead a descriptive account of what fantastic place to visit the lakes are. It is a good addition to any travel guide which does not convey the beauty of the area as this book does. It also offers some additional places to visit which I have not found a mention of in my guides.
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A predominantly vivid and lucid exploration which is a delight to read. Transports the reader into the ancient world of the Macedonian lakes, and at many points during the book, it is as if Deliso has managed to stop time and create a film-like frozen scene where grandeur takes over. There was a high contrast change between the first fast-paced half, and the family vacation half that followed, but both were equally enjoyable and to me it was the perfect demonstration to the diversity of the lakes. The book has certainly made me long nostalgically for the vacations I've spent at the many places Deliso visits, and I've made a promise to myself to do a tour of the lakes during my next visit to Macedonia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Little Journey 6 Aug. 2007
By Jason B. Miko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While many vacationers are jetting off to the likes of London, Paris or the Caribbean, Chris Deliso opens the window on a small, relatively undiscovered part of Europe, and reveals a delightful region of beauty, charm, culture, history and warmth. The lake region of Macedonia, which includes the enchanting lakes of Ohrid and Prespa, is made available to us through this brief travelogue in which Deliso travels with both companions and his family, stopping in little out-of-the-way villages and hamlets in Greece, Albania and Macedonia. Written in an easy, almost laidback style, Deliso throws in archeology, history, art, flora, fauna, geography, gastronomy, culture and a host of other subjects as he takes his readers on bumpy roads and across the placid lakes, spending time with the hospitable and warm folks who live there. Before you're halfway through the book, you might find yourself booking a trip to Macedonia to discover for yourself a unique and unspoiled part of Europe still unknown to most Westerners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Jewel 28 Aug. 2007
By S. Felletti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It was such a pleasant surprise to discover that someone was bold enough to write about the ineffable beauty and spirit that is Macedonia, and particularly its lakes - and succeed in it. As soon as I received my copy of Deliso's Hidden Macedonia, I wasted no time getting into it, and found that I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it. Poetic, vivid, anecdotal and factual - truly a book I recommend to anyone who dares risk or cares to know or is curious, inclined for whatever reason, to ponder (and wonder) over a bit of land in Europe deeply steeped in history, and so naturally almost forgotten - hidden - but for Deliso's careful archaeological, historical eye for things mystical. Deliso's circular journey through three countries in the name of two lakes, Ohrid and Prespa, is one you won't forget. I'll go as far as saying that you should judge this book by its cover.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Macedonia 25 Jan. 2013
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I tracked down a copy of this book before I moved to Macedonia in August 2012, and I am very glad I did; I thoroughly enjoyed it as a travelogue and as an introduction to a place that I would soon be calling home. An image that particularly stands out for me is that of Snake Island - I don't know if I will make it there before I leave Macedonia, but I will always have a vivid image of it in my mind because of this book. When I arrived in Skopje last summer, I also recognized different aspects of the culture that I had read about in the book - one that comes to mind is about the illegal and delicious lake trout that still manages to get caught and sold and eaten. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in this part of the world, if you enjoy a good travelogue, and if you are drawn to places that don't often make it onto the typical traveler radar.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 22 Mar. 2013
By #somanybooks,solittletime - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It arrived within the given time frame. This was especially important as it was being used to plan a honeymoon. It contains all the information needed to plan trip details.
3.0 out of 5 stars a book for every greek to read 4 Jan. 2013
By MR MACEDONIA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
it is worth a read.it is good to read about macedonians in greece and albania.it shows a glimpse of people lives around the lake
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