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Ken Corey and his wife Carole spent a few years in the beautiful city of Skopje, Macedonia while Ken managed a building project. Let's view this part of the world through their eyes and experiences! To open this album, click on the title or the photo. Once inside, be sure to click on thumbnails to view larger images and read narrative.

01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia

01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia

Ken Corey is our man-on-the-scene reporter, and he and his wife Carole have very generously shared a number of photos and commentary with us so we can live their experiences vicariously through their words and images.

NOTE: APRIL 12, RAY REPORTS THAT THE COREYS HAVE MOVED BACK TO LIVINGSTON AND THAT KEN IS NOW IN "SEMI RETIREMENT". HOWEVER, I HAVE LEFT THE CAPTIONS IN THIS PHOTO ALBUM AS THEY WERE FIRST ENTERED WHEN THE COREYS WERE STILL LIVING IN MACEDONIA.


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02 - 13th Century Church, Ohrid, Macedonia

02 - 13th Century Church, Ohrid, Macedonia

Isn't this a gorgeous place? And Ken and Carole's skill with the camera is fabulous.


03 - Bay Homes on the Mountainside

03 - Bay Homes on the Mountainside

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia is a beautiful place and is about a 2-1/2 hour drive from Skopje, where Ken and Carole live.


04 - Czar Samuel's Mountain Top Fortress

04 - Czar Samuel's Mountain Top Fortress

...located in Ohrid, Macedonia


05 - Ken in Front of Their Apartment Building

05 - Ken in Front of Their Apartment Building

Carole writes, "This is a picture of Ken in front of our apartment in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. We live on the 2nd floor, corner apartment just above Ken's head. We're on a fairly busy road about 5-7 miles (I'd guess) from town center. Ken has a company car now, but any time I want to go someplace I can catch a cab about three doors down. Otherwise we do have an embassy-approved driver, Tony, available to us. He is Macedonian but speaks English really well and has been so helpful in communicating."


06 - U.S. Embassy Under Construction

06 - U.S. Embassy Under Construction

Ken is working for KBR, building the new American Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia. His title in his signature is followed by PM/CM (Program Mgt/Construction Mgt). He explains, "This means that I have enough years to have made all the mistakes a person can make and should now know better. On a project like this all the younger ones can always have a direction to point the finger and not expect it to come back."


07a - U.S. Embassy Under Construction

07a - U.S. Embassy Under Construction


08 - Ken Relaxing with Embassy in Background

08 - Ken Relaxing with Embassy in Background

Let's picture Ken sitting there on that bench, the construction project in the background, conversing with us in the words of the earlier referenced e-mail, "Several of you have asked me about Macedonia. It is a great and beautiful place - if they had weed-eaters, lawnmowers, a non-litter law and a drive to use them all...Needless to say we are behind schedule a bunch...Both Carole and I have enjoyed the countryside but it is not home and will never come close. We miss all of you a bunch."


08b Ken's Mountaintop Experience

08b Ken's Mountaintop Experience

Carole writes, "Ken walked to the top of the mountain with some embassy employee friends and their children. We all left about 10:30 a.m. and those who made it to the top (all the ones pictured) got back down about 3:30. At the top is a beautiful gold cross that lights up every night and can be seen from almost anywhere in the capital city of Skopje, Macedonia. Sadly I had the camera and Ken did not as he reached the top. Now I'm trying to get our driver to drive me to the top so I can get pictures!"


09 - Ken Amongst Ancient Ruins

09 - Ken Amongst Ancient Ruins

This is an especially dramatic photo with the city in the background framed by the arch of the ancient ruins.


10 - Ken Framed by Ancient Arch

10 - Ken Framed by Ancient Arch


11 - Ken Exploring the Ruins

11 - Ken Exploring the Ruins

"This obviously is the site of archeological diggings. Of course, they're extremely serious about not taking anything found with any historical value out of this country. We were 'just looking'. Ken is holding what appeared to be a knob at the end of a bone joint - perhaps a femur?"


12a - Ancient Watchtower

12a - Ancient Watchtower

I'm not sure how Ken will feel about all of these pictures of him with captions like "ancient" and "ruins". I hope he knows we are referring to the archeological digs.


12b - Old Stone Bridge

12b - Old Stone Bridge

. . . with the Tbrdina Kale fortress in the background.


13 - Water Leading to the Mountains

13 - Water Leading to the Mountains

Of this photo, Carole writes, "I just liked the water leading the eye directly to the mountains."


14a - Monastery Atop Mountain Near Skopje

14a - Monastery Atop Mountain Near Skopje

In answer to my questions re the cuisine of the area, Carole wrote, "Right next to this monastery is a restaurant where we enjoy eating (seen in the last slide, # 43). I can't find the name, something like "Panjellajkn."

A typical meal here might include Shopska Salad (Large chunks of cucumbers and tomatoes, then Mozzarella cheese grated heavily over the top). Sometimes you'll get Feta cheese and onion slices with the cucumbers and tomatoes instead of mozzarella. However, there is no cheddar cheese to be found here. We must go to Greece and bring it back to Macedonia.

Shish-Ka-Bobs are good here with skewered chunks of pork, chicken, and beef with onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc. French fries are served with this and are different tasting - kind of buttery flavored, really good.

When you order water, you have to specify "gas” (carbonated-like) or “no gas” (still). And if you want ice, you have to ask and hope they understand and have it. Most people here do not use ice."


14b - Fortress Kastle

14b - Fortress Kastle

Carole writes, "This is Tbrdina Kale (Fortress). We're not sure what it is, but there was a sign directing us to the Kastle."


15 - Cows Along the Roadway

15 - Cows Along the Roadway

"These next two pictures are not an uncommon sight as we travel in Macedonia. We had left Lake Ohrid, Macedonia (the first 'framed' pictures in this album) and were on our way further south to Cbetn Haym for lunch."


16 - Cow Eating from Tree Branch

16 - Cow Eating from Tree Branch

"We had to watch for cows on this strip of road leading south in Macedonia. We thought the one eating from the tree limb was pretty."


17 - Lamp Shop in "Plastic Alley"

17 - Lamp Shop in "Plastic Alley"

Carole writes, "I had an outing with some other wives from the U.S. Embassy. These next pictures are some of the things that I saw right here in Skopje.

This first picture is taken at an area of town called "plastic alley" but as you can see from this shop, it's much more than just plastic. This is a fun strip for the ladies to shop. This little boy was the owner's son and he was more than willing to pose for my shot. Plastic alley is probably 6-7 blocks long on either side of this busy street."


18 - Muslim Coats

18 - Muslim Coats

"Just outside plastic alley is "fit alley" which is more apparel type vendors - this one with the muslim lady coats, silk scarves, gold jewelry, etc. These alleys truly are just very narrow alleys with shops on either side of the path."


19 - Melons on Display at the Green Market

19 - Melons on Display at the Green Market

"This display of watermelons is at a "green market" where we shop for most of our vegetables, fruit, dried beans and spices, etc. These items are also available at the grocery stores, but are fresher here at the green market. This would be like a farmers' market in Texas."


20 - Marker to Mother Theresa

20 - Marker to Mother Theresa

This placque on the ground is near town center and is where Mother Theresa's birth home was located.


21 - Statue Honoring Mother Theresa

21 - Statue Honoring Mother Theresa

This is the statue honoring Mother Theresa.


22 - Museum in Skopje

22 - Museum in Skopje

"Here is a museum here in Skopje. There was an earthquake in 1962 that destroyed almost 75% of Skopje and the time on this clock is the exact time of the earthquake on that day. You can see some of the damage to the museum to the left corner."


23 - Beggar Along the Walk

23 - Beggar Along the Walk

"We'll often encounter beggars on the road, especially in the alley shopping areas. This lady was willing to pose for a picture for 10 Denars which would be about $.22. Any time you do give money to beggars, they'll keep begging for more. Even driving along the road, if you are stopped at a red light you often will have someone tapping on your window for money."


24 - A Rainbow of Fall Color

24 - A Rainbow of Fall Color

The next photos were taken by Ken and Carole during a drive in the surrounding countryside to view the beautiful fall colors.


25 - Ken and Carole, Relaxing

25 - Ken and Carole, Relaxing

Carole writes, "Ken and I went out for a countryside drive this morning to see some Fall colors. They were so beautiful, but for the earlier morning we didn't realize the camera lens was foggy and so many of the various colors looked like they were filtered. But these are some we liked.

The ones of us together were taken by Ken sitting the camera on the car, then RUNNING to get in the picture. Thus a bit of laughter on his part as he tried to look relaxed. "


26 - Fall Colors Along the River Road

26 - Fall Colors Along the River Road


27 - Treetops in the Fall

27 - Treetops in the Fall


29 - Enjoying Fall Foliage Along the River

29 - Enjoying Fall Foliage Along the River


30 - Ken and Carole

30 - Ken and Carole

Another "relaxed" pose...I can just picture the hilarity as Ken set the camera and ran to pose in one picture after another! But the results are wonderful!!!


30a - Tour of Thessaloniki, Greece

30a - Tour of Thessaloniki, Greece

Carole writes, "We went to Thessalonica (Thessaloniki) to trace the apostle Paul's steps. We had hoped to find a tour guide to lead us by the hand...but that was not to be found. Thessaloniki is the second largest metropolitan city in the country after Athens.

This photo shows the east Byzantine walls of Thessaloniki. At the top of the walls is a fortress (Heptapyrgio). The walls were built just after Thessaloniki's founding in 315 B.C. They originally formed a rectangle but the seafront walls were demolished during the last period of Turkish occupation. If you look really close you'll see Ken in his black t-shirt (lower level quadrant)."


30b Thessaloniki Sidestreet

30b Thessaloniki Sidestreet

Carole reports, "This is one of those narrow, confusing interior streets in Thessaloniki.

This is a confusing town to get around in (lack of street signs - some being on buildings between the first and second floor and some not - and being in three languages and in a different order at each corner - and extremely heavy traffic and cars honking - and the map not really matching up to their route, etc.) we just saw whatever we thought interesting. On this day we did not realize that Ken was about to suffer the effects of food poisoning from the night before; all we knew was that he didn't feel at all good. So here goes..."


31 - A Thessaloniki Open Air Cafe

31 - A Thessaloniki Open Air Cafe

What a beautiful view from this vantage point!

Said Carole, "This picture was taken from a nice open-air cafe over the city of Thessaloniki. The body of water is the Thermaikos Gulf. It is a beautiful blue."


32 - Thessaloniki, Church on Hill

32 - Thessaloniki, Church on Hill

"We don't know the name of this church, but thought it was pretty."


33 - Thessaloniki, View Down to the Sea

33 - Thessaloniki, View Down to the Sea

The flowers are beautiful in the foreground.

Carole writes, "We spent one night in Neo. Marmaris, Greece and were impressed with the beautiful water, rocks, beaches, etc."


34 - Thessaloniki Shoreline

34 - Thessaloniki Shoreline

This scene reminds me of some of the scripture passages of the Apostle Paul's travels through Greece.


35 - Thessaloniki, View to the Sea

35 - Thessaloniki, View to the Sea


38 - Thessaloniki, a Tour of Ruins

38 - Thessaloniki, a Tour of Ruins

"These next pictures were taken of the ruins of St. Demetrius church in Thessaloniki. The church was almost completely destroyed during the great fire of 1917 and restored in 1949. The remains date back to Byzantine times."



39 - Ken, Again Framed by Ruins

39 - Ken, Again Framed by Ruins


39 - Thessaloniki - An Urn in the Sunlight

39 - Thessaloniki - An Urn in the Sunlight


40 - The White Tower

40 - The White Tower

Of the White Tower in Thessaloniki, Greece, Carole writes, "I don't know the significance of The White Tower but it is definitely a landmark of some kind. It sits along the waterfront of Thessaloniki and is pictured in many postcards and on the cover of their Thessaloniki souvenier booklet. But nowhere in it can I find what it is."


41 - Roadside Memorials in Greece

41 - Roadside Memorials in Greece

"These were everywhere and we thought they were mailboxes because we could see mail inside, but we could also other items: bottled water, letters, knick-knacks, etc. Finally we just asked someone if they were mailboxes and were told that these were memorials for a loved one killed at that site. The styles were so varied - many elaborate and many very simple."


42 - Roadside Memorials in Greece

42 - Roadside Memorials in Greece


43 - Ken and Carole, Dining al fresco

43 - Ken and Carole, Dining al fresco

Thank you, dear friends, for sharing your adventures in Macedonia and Greece with us.

We are mindful that you are getting ready for retirement (reader - see Ken's words below). However, until that time comes, please enjoy the beauty and the culture of that place for us. And do continue to send us photos of new adventures as they become available. NOTE: APRIL 12, RAY REPORTS THAT THE COREYS HAVE MOVED BACK TO LIVINGSTON AND THAT KEN IS NOW IN "SEMI RETIREMENT".

See Ken and Carole's Thanksgiving greeting and his account of their Thanksgiving gathering in the comment section under "Current Events".

Ken's words re retirement, sent in an earlier e-mail: "We are looking forward to retirement in Feb of 2008 to our home in Livingston, and fishing everyday until I can not stand it anymore".

Postcript: While we have enjoyed so much seeing Ken in all of these photos (knowing that some of them required some athleticism on his part), acknowledgement of Carole for the time and attention she gave to writing all of the commentary and sending the photos along is appropriate. Thanks also to Ray for being the go-between when technology confounded our efforts!

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