September 22, 2014

Mount Diablo Group — “A Balkan Treasure: Stunning Macedonia” — Wednesday, July 9

1851 Sv. Joakim Osogovski monastery and hostel, Kriva Palanka. Photo by Carol High.

1851 Sv. Joakim Osogovski monastery and hostel, Kriva Palanka. Photo by Carol High.

Wednesday, July 9, 7 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

Join the Mount Diablo Group at our next meeting as we venture south into the Balkans to discover the natural treasures of Mace­donia. Carol High will introduce us to this up-and-coming country, a former part of Yugoslavia and independent only since 1991.

Macedonia, with mountain lakes and deep, green valleys, is a perfect place for hiking and outdoor exploration, especially from a mountain monastery that will be part of our journey. We will see Lake Ohrid (a UNESCO world heritage site) that Carol describes as “the Lake Tahoe of Eastern Europe”. Our journey will include Skopje, the birthplace of Mother Theresa and a capital city in transition. We will listen to traditional music and visit the Old Bazaar in Skopje, the largest bazaar in the Balkans outside Istanbul.

Carol High lives in San Francisco with her husband Todd. Last September Carol returned from her third trip to Macedonia, where she led a museum fundraising project and received a leadership award from the mayor of Kriva Palanka. Carol has been featured on Mace­donian television and print media.

This program is open to all, with no reservations necessary. If you have questions, contact Ken Lavin at ken_lavin@hotmail.com or (925)852-8778.

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