lower Balkans & Greece travel blog

President Clinton is revered for his efforts on behalf of Kosovo

KFOR convoys were noticeable in Prishtina

battle tanks were around somewhere

monuments referring to the new country were popular

Gilli found a new beauty salon

farmland, fresh air .... and so peaceful

traditional homesteads dotted the landscape

not everyone has a real home

coffee and cake .... yum !

We took a longer route to Peje to allow us to visit the country's capital, Prishtina, and also to see more of the countryside.

As expected, the capital did not have a lot to offer other than a couple of items referring to the country's recent history. One was a statue of Bill Clinton memorialising his contribution to Kosovo's existence and the other relating to it's 'New Borne' status. A river flowing through the town plus plenty of green spaces and a lively centre were its main features.

The Kosovo Force (KFOR) was very noticeable in Prishtina. The NATO led peacekeepers have been operating since 1999 to build peace and stability in the area. Hopefully its working.

Once again we enjoyed goods roads through undulating farmland scattered with old houses, basic farm equipment and left over war machinery. Many things had seen better times.

Temperatures during this drive hovered around 28-29C although felt more like mid 20's with the fresh mountain air.

Peje was a nice, quiet town although like many others the immediate outskirts were not overly welcoming. Things looked unorganised and messy.

Fortunately our hotel was a few kilometres out and was great. Dinner in the garden attended by waiters with senses of humour could not have been better. Our senses of humour took a beating when we got our bill which included a recommended 'She' red wine costing more than our accommodation. We thought we had ordered a half carafe but ended with the full bottle. Thankfully the wine was absolutely brilliant.

The hotel complex had it's own small zoo so hand feeding deer was a bit of fun.

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