Flying back into Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) with a transfer onto Skopje with Pegasus Airlines – another airline which believes passengers are all small and leg room again is non existent … Must admit after travelling on trains for sometime now, the process of going to the airport, checking in, security checks and luggage allowances being monitored escalated my stress levels somewhat. Also, wondering if your baggage would arrive in one piece, and then having to make your way to the hotel with crazed taxi drivers is always a challenge – well for me anyway. A taxi driver will try to charge 20 Euro but there’s a bus outside the airport which takes you to the main train and bus station and onto the Holiday Inn for less than two Euro.
Skopje may be a small city, but it’s a true gem and on its way up the ladder in terms of accessibility and offering superior goods and services, thus realising the power of the tourist dollar. I have no doubt and mark my word, this city is already a drawcard for diverse travellers looking for a long-weekend escape.
The fortress is thought to have been built during the rule of Emperor Justinian I and constructed further during the 10th and 11th centuries over the remains of Emperor Justinian’s Byzantine fortress which may have been destroyed due to a number of wars and battles in the region.
From the very beginning, Mother Teresa also involved lay people in her service to the poor. In March 1969, the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa were officially begun. On April 16, 1984, the Lay Missionaries of Charity were established.