After leaving Belgrade, we drove on the main highway to the South of the Serbia towards Macedonia. It was pretty hot weather so we made a break to cool down in a small village. We walked to the river and I went swimming, while Eva and Jeroen enjoyed the view on the hills. In Macedonia we went off the highway to make a stop in Veles. Veles is a beautiful town, situated on both sides of the river Vardar. The town is as old as 2 centuries BC, with influences from Ottoman empire, who built ceveral bridges. Veles grew into an important trade center with a huge open air fruit and vegetable market. The Macedonian laguage is based on Veles dialect. In honor of the founder of modern Macedonian literature, Kocho Racin, the Racin Meetings in which writers from all the Balkan countries take part, are held here.
After buying some vegetables on the market we strolled along the street like everyone seemed to be doing there. We did not see any restaurant, but a local showed us a nice local restaurant where they served us a Balkan dinner with lots of meat. The place was populated mostly by men making long philisophical conversations with each other.
Some important historical monuments in Veles are the Churches St. Dimitrie, and St. Nikola which were build in the 14th century.