After breakfast we headed to Tirana, the capital of Albania, with an excursion to Berat. Berat is on the Osum River and is known for its white Ottoman house. There is a castle high on a hill and is a living castle with some of the towns people living within its walls. There is a Byzantine church, the Red Mosque, and a restaurant where we had lunch. We spent the night in Tirana and after breakfast we had a lecture on the history of Albania in a quaint little restaurant that specialized in herbs and mushrooms. We then visited the national museum to learn more. For lunch we road the a cable car to the top the Dajti Mountains. When we got back down, we visited The Bunk’Art Museum, a five story labyrinthine, underground bunker with over 100 rooms full of historic artifacts of Albania’s turbulent past. During the communist area, 1945-1990, Enver Hoxha, head of the government then, had thousands of bunkers built. The oppression under Hoxha was extreme and a long depressing story. Today Tirana is a delight with good restraints and very good gelato.
We are way behind with our blog. We are now in Lithuania at our sons, resting up, doing wash, and trying to catch up on our blog. Our tour kept us busy - up at 7:00 for breakfast and often home after 9:00 from dinner, then often the internet has been poor and slow. So we have a lot yet to share.