Guide to SKOPJE
Attempts to build ideal religious societies give rise to cruel extremism

Balkon3 interview with Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, author of documentary films “Music by P...

SWEET AND BALKAN

A very basic sweet treat in the Balkans is common; mostly fruit (and vegetable or flower) can be turned into p...

Good Balkan jokes

1. A German, a Frenchman, an Englishman and a Greek are commenting about a painting of Adam and Eve in the Gar...

COFFEE ON THE ROCKS – THE GREEK WAY TO SURVIVE THE DAY

What is frappe? It is a cold coffee drink, shaken in order to create a frothy topping. It is served in a tall ...

Macedonian chef cooks Viking food in Norway

Explore the culinary delights of the Viking food with chef Trajce Kralev from Sveti Nikole, Republic of Macedo...

25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – What is to be done?

Franz Karl Prüller, Member of the Managing Board, ERSTE Foundation During 2014 we mark many anniversaries, wi...

“Turks and Greeks, as well as other neighbors are – indeed also literally – brothers”

Periklis Tsoukalas from BaBa ZuLa on interview for Balkon3 The BaBa ZuLa concert! Not just an event, but every...

Destan – connecting people

Ask any of the citizens of Skopje which is the most famous kebab restaurant where the taste of the kebabs has ...

Road to the World of Trade Skopje – Istanbul

Traders have been going back and forth the roads between Skopje and Istanbul for centuries. States and Empires...

Dance Me till The End of Love in Istanbul

Balkon3 report from Leonard Cohen’s concert in Istanbul They say that travel broadens one’s horizons a...

Matka – embrace of nature!

Balkon3 takes you on a boat ride through Matka Canyon, down the Treska river to Vrelo cave. The canyon is situ...

Get a taste of Istanbul in only six hours

Have you ever been stranded at an airport in a major city waiting for your flight for hours and hours? While y...

Was there life before tourism?

The fisherman’s past lives on… A white house with blue window covers. Vivid colors and strong cont...

Athens around the clock

Assuming you are so busy you only have 24 hours to spend in the vibrant, bustling and versatile metropolis of ...

THE SKOPJE – ATHENS LEMONADE

Many years ago, during my visit to a Skopje suburb, a friend’s grandmother offered me an amazing lemon/orang...

We all have a delicious cuisine but who eats the most?

  Sometimes we argue whose dish musaka, sarma or baklava is, or whether it’s called doner or giro. In t...

A bike journey from Macedonia to Istanbul

Travelling from Macedonia to Turkey isn’t a problem, even if you don’t go by car or plane:) He is an avid ...

Ramadan and 10 frequently asked questions about fasting

Before dawn I wait for the first smell of Suhoor from the kitchen. My mother is cooking. I can feel the smell,...

Balkon3 presents: I am underground

After many complications and confusion, after hundreds of kebabs and beers accompanied by heated but fruitful ...

The Gates of Naxos

A curious variety of gates and doorways in the main town of Naxos island (Cyclades). From the medieval Venetia...

Feel Prespa

High mountains, a valley, a lake, an island. Blue skies and blue waters shaded by folliage and rocky hights. O...

WHEN CINEMA GOES GREEK ISLANDS

Time and time again, international movie-makers decided to use the beautiful landscapes of the Greek islands a...

Bouldering between old monasteries in Macedonia

We find the gray-green stone hills above Prilep to be ideal When I read in the newspaper about the 250 boulder...

“Top Chef” Kevin Sbraga in Macedonia: Open your mind, there are ways to explore food!

The U.S. Embassy hosted Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga in Macedonia earlier this ...

Flija – irresistible traditional taste

Flija is one of the most favored dishes in Albanian cuisine. It takes only a few ingredients to make it, but t...

Don’t just peek over: Join in! (How to travel like a local to the Cyclades islands)

The geography bit The Cyclades archipelago is situated to the south of the Aegean Sea within close reach from ...

Exploring the arcades of Athens

The entire Athens center is run through by an incredible variety of arcades, reflecting the rapid evolution of...

Are you talking to me?

Perceptions of “Greek” I met across the neighbors’ fences You can’t draw definite conclusions about ho...

Mastika, Ouzo or Raki – That is the question!

I was sitting in a barroom, eating Greek salad and was finishing my second mastika. It was one of the last day...

Love story of Ataturk and Eleni – a tourist attraction

The story of unfulfilled love between Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and a beautiful girl from Bitola Eleni Karinte, ca...

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Videos

  • To Serve and Protect: Meet the Ezerani Park Rangers

    While most of us work in weekdays and wait for a little precious spare time to spend in nature, some were lucky enough to have nature as their working...
  • Diversity Day

    The day of celebrating the differences which was held in Tetovo under the motto “Different, but equal” was marked with traditional food and dances from different ethnic communities as...
  • Keep on riding, Dejan!

    Interview with Dejan Zafirov, a young man, who cycled 5.300 kilometers from New York to San Francisco. Five years ago, Dejan lost his left leg and since then he...
  • Musaka – a single name, a multitude of tastes

    Musaka is a favorite speciality on the menu in Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. It is known by the same name in all three countries, but the recipe for preparation...
  • Church in Munich unites religions

    One of the most important churches to the citizens of Munich, Saint Margaret is located in the worker’s quarter of Sendling and serves the Catholic believers throughout the year....
  • From the basement in Shutka to Sziget and Roskilde

    Interview with Shutka Roma Rap It was a cold autumn evening in the predominantly Romani community of Shutka in Skopje. We drove down the muddy alleys and got to...