Life along the Black Drin river in Macedonia
A swan song of Macedonia
Ilda lives in Struga, Macedonia, and shows us why her city is beautiful. Most of her shots of the city include the focal point of Struga, the Black Drin River. This feature attraction is attractive at all times of day, throughout the year, as Ilda shows us. From the reflection of the sun in daytime and the reflection of the building lights at night, to the ripple of the water from a group of swans (almost as common in Struga as humans), the Black Drin and the rest of Struga are a sight for sore eyes.
Along the river are boutique shops, apartments, restaurants, and cafés. We can see that the river cuts right through, and is, itself, the center of town. Little stairways line the river bank, along with grass, trees, and several types of flowers, leading to walkways on either side of the river. The lowered river bank removes oneself from the city, creating a sense of peace and serenity down at water level, all while the bustling of a city occurs just above one’s head.
Ilda also brings us a different view of the Black Drin and the surrounding city. From the top of Bluebird Mountain, she shows us the red-clay colored rooftops of Struga that encircle the Black Drin, a mix of dated and modern architecture. Don’t confuse Bluebird Mountain with an actual mountain, however, as it is a road named so due to its elevation. If you want to do some hiking have no fear, because Struga exists in the shadow of the surrounding hills. The hills, from the look of it, are a perfect juxtaposition to the rusty orange of the setting Macedonian sun.