OHRID PEARL - UNIQUE JEWELRY FROM MACEDONIA

The world famous Ohrid Pearl is made from the scales of fish Plashica (bleak), endemic species of fish in the lake Ohrid. Skills for making Ohrid Pearl remain a secret family tradition that is inherited from generation to generation. Secret is carefully kept for almost a century. It's the light and uniqueness of the original Ohrid pearl, a jewel for which the city is also widely known. In Ohrid, in the old bazaar today, you can hear many tangled stories about the pearl. Talevi family is considered one of the few who zealously guard the tradition and the single recipe for manufacturing this beautiful and unique jewelry.


The secret story of the origin of the pearl begins with the scales of the Ohrid fish - bleak, but the method of processing and recipe for the glaze is a family secret passed only to male offspring.

It is only known that in 1924, recipe was bought from a Russian soldier who was staying in Ohrid and that Talevi family brought the material for making the pearl from Bethlehem.
This beautiful pearl in its beauty undoubtedly carries the secret of its manufacturing. For this pearl, experts would tell you that it last forever!


Many famous people could not resist the glow of this pearl. Queen Elizabeth, former Foreign Minister Anna Lindh of Sweden and former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria Nadezhda Mihailova and many other famous names wore Ohrid pearl.

2 families are manufacturing original Ohrid pearl in Ohrid, Talevi family and Filevi family.


Talevi family


The family Talevi produces Ohrid pearls since 1924. The secret for preparing the emulsion is passed from father to son. The emulsion with which is coated the grain of Ohrid pearl, is from natural origin and made by extracting silver from the scales of fish Plashica. Kliment Talev is a second generation from family Talevi that makes the Ohrid pearl. His son Vane is the third and grandchildren Kliment and Mihajlo are the fourth generation. Talevi are especially proud that the Queen of England Elizabeth II wears Ohrid pearls, specially designed in their workshop.
Queen Elizabeth II wearing Ohrid pearl necklace

Kliment Talev

Filevi family

Among the contenders for the title "King of Ohrid pearls", with family tradition since 1928 is the family Filevi that manufactures Ohrid pearl. In 1928, Mihajlo Filev learns the secret of making pearls from the scales of fish Plashica. Filev family begins with making of pearls, transferring the skill from generation to generation. More than 80 years of manufacturing pearls, the Filevi family pearl jewelry becomes a leading souvenir in Ohrid, and refined by each new generation, becomes a part of the collections of many people in Macedonia and worldwide.
Filevi jewelry

ROSEHIP - DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY

Other names: wild dog rose, wild rose, dog rose, shepurnika, shipurina
Latin name: Rosa canina
English: Rose hip, Macedonian: shipka (шипка), shipinka (шипинка)

Rose hip is a permanent shrub with a height of 2 to 3 meters. In the first year appear straight branches that in the following years branch into multiple and withered hanging branches.The whole shrub is overgrown with sharp spines that are facing down. The leaves are odd feathers, gills with oval shaped and sharply serrated. The flowers are white to white-pinky color. The flowers are oval-shaped and contain a large number of hard seeds.
The flowers have a pleasing fragrance, and the fruits are with sour-sweet flavor. Seeds are odorless, but tea has many convenient fragrance.
Rose hip is widespread in Europe. You can find rose hip trees everywhere in Macedonia. In these parts it can be found in quite large quantities, and it grows in the hills, forests and other places. As a remedy are picked its fruits and flower petals.

It's a healing herb that mostly contains vitamin C. It is particularly important to say that with cooking, rose hip does not lose this vitamin. The tea is recommended for mothers during breastfeeding. Products from rose hip remove the so-called spring fatigue, paleness and reluctance, and any other problems associated with the lack of vitamin C.

It has also favorable effect on the digestive tract and excretion of urine without any irritation of the kidneys. Rose hip tea is recommended for prevention of stones in the kidneys and urinary tract.
Also acts on the purification of blood, and is used in processes of inflammation of the kidney, bladder and nephrons. Flower petals of rose hips are used for preparing tea for bleeding from the stomach, intestines, lungs and hemorrhoids, and against diarrhea and gut cramps. Mixed with other herbs is used in the treatment of other diseases.

MANAKI BROTHERS - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

International Cinematographers Film Festival "Manaki Brothers" is the first and oldest world film festival celebrating the creative work of cinematographers. Launched in 1979 at the initiative of one of the main founders AFWM/Association of Film Workers of Macedonia, in the first half of its existence existed as review/meetings and then it began a competitive festival of Yugoslav cameramen/cinematographers in the category of short/documentary and feature films.

The festival was established in honor and inspired by overwhelming photographic / film documentary opus of brothers Janaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964), who with Film Festival "Bioscope" camera with serial number 300 of the company Charles URBAN, bought in London, just 10 years after the Lumière brothers in Paris, recorded the first documentaries in the Balkans in 1905 in Bitola and their first "actress" was their grandmother Despina which at 114 years of age was registered how she weaves in the yard of the family home. Therefore, they naturally laid the foundations of the upcoming festival in the city under Pelister, city of consuls, in Bitola, where brothers Brothers had a photography studio/shop and cinema.
International Cinematographers Film Festival "Brothers," which is held annually in Bitola is organized by the Association of Film Workers of the Republic of Macedonia.
Each year, the ICFF "Manaki Brothers" is held under the patronage of the President of the Republic and is supported by the Ministry of Culture. The festival, with its striking program, is becoming richer from year to year and it's attractive to both film professionals and film aficionados around the world.

Pillar of the festival program is "Camera 300" - the official competition of feature films from the latest European and world production. The cinematographers of these films contend for the Golden, Silver and Bronze Camera 300. Those are Festival awards awarded by an international jury of five members.

Beside the Official Competition, part of the Festival belongs to the program of short film, which has no competitivecharacter and shows a selection of the best performances of the film production in the last two years. Student Program "Manaki Brothers" is dedicated to young talents - students of film academies and schools worldwide. Within the festival program are also workshops, seminars, roundtables, exhibitions ...
The festival also awards Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Camera 300, which is reserved for the world's leading cinematographers. Until now, winners in the Club of the Greats are: Vittorio Storaro, Vadim Yusov, Raul Poor, Tonino Delli Coli, Miroslav Ondrichek, Henri Alec, Freddie Francis, Jiri Vojchik, Sven Nikvist.

The festival maintains close relations, cooperating with other festivals in the region and beyond. Since 2002, it is a member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals. Over the years, ICFF "Manaki Brothers" gained many sincere friends in the area of ​​film from all over the world. Today, it enjoys a reputation as one of the few successful festivals, specifically honoring the art and creativity of the cinematographer.

FAST BISCUIT CAKE WITH INSTANT COFFEE (NO BAKING)

If you're fond of desserts that taste like coffee and if you want to prepare something sweet with not much mess, then, this is the right recipe for you.

Ingredients:

  • biscuits (lady fingers)
  • 2 tsp instant coffee

For cream

  • 250 ml oil
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs cognac

Preparation:

  1. Dissolve instant coffee in warm milk and melt in biscuits one by one.
  2. Prepare the cream by whipping the sugar with the oil. Gradually add the eggs one by one and finally add cognac.
  3. Line in a glass pan a row of biscuits, a row of cream. if you want more creamy cake than use less biscuits and more cream.
  4.  Finish with cream, decorate with instant coffee or as desired and put the pan in the refrigerator.
  5.  Enjoy!

BITOLA CLOCK TOWER (SAAT KULA)

Clock Tower is the most recognizable monument that identifies Bitola. It is located in the center of the city, in the northern part of Shirok Sokak, around which there are numerous cultural and historical monuments, as well as new constructions. With its height, the city clock dominates the area and broadcasts popular music when ticking certain time.
Bitola Clock Tower
Although there hasn't been found any documentation for its construction, according to some unconfirmed scientific knowledge, it is considered that the clock tower was built during the Turkish rule in 1830, along with the church St.Dimitrija. It is said that during the construction, 60.000 eggs were used as a material for binding the blocks, collected from rural households in Bitola. Thus builders thought that the walls would be much stronger. These past centuries justified their architectural mastery.
Clock tower and Phillip II
Clock Tower stands at 33 meters, it is set on a square base, with 5.8 m width each side. From the north side there are semi-circular entrance through which can be gone up stone spiral stairs. Clock tower is divided into three floors and the top is the mechanism of the clock. The original clock was replaced with a newer one and much more precise during the Second World War. There are entrenched special metal plates on every side on which are mounted the hands of the clock and are inscribed Roman numerals from one to twelve. The top part is a small dome, which offers a beautiful view of the City of Consuls. The new clock was purchased by the Nazis, in gratitude to the citizens for building German cemetery for the victims of World War I, along with English and French cemetery.

In recent times the tower has been conserved and restored, but that didn't change the original look of the clock tower, which continues to be one of the most representative monuments of Islamic art. The park around the tower is a place where people gather every day and enjoy the beautiful nature.