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Oct 21, 2014 - Albania

Who would have guessed the coast of Albania was just off the coast of Corfu? We decided to take a fast boat ride over to Saranda and then a coach tour to a Roman site in Butrint about 20km from the port. Of course going to Albania meant passport control that turned out to be a cursory glance, except Vivian had no stamp to enter Greece as we never saw a customs or passport control since we left Gatwick!! After some hesitation they stamped the passport and we were on our way. The Roman site was designated a world Heritage site by UNESCO in...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Poor planning leads to... happy surprises

Last time I was in this corner of Europe I didn't manage to fit in any boat trips, so I'm quite excited about catching the ferry over to Sarandë, Albania today. I walked down to the port last night to scope it out and buy my ticket, so I already know it's about a 40-50 minute walk from my hotel. Despite the heat I just can't bring myself to take a taxi; I arrive at immigration control feeling extremely hot and uncomfortable. But at least I didn't spend any money getting there! The boat is small. Smaller even than I had expected. But...

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Oct 2, 2012 - Gyrokastra

Gyrokastra não fica longe de Saranda. No mapa são cerca de 30 km, mais coisa menos coisa, mas isto se fosse em linha recta, mas não é. Temos que contornar parte da montanha e isto leva cerca de 2 horas, num tipico "furgão", que são umas carrinhas que asseguram o transporte local. Voltamos a fazer a mesma estrada sinuosa pela montanha que fizemos quando entrámos na Albânia. Pela berma da estradas estreitas e vertiginosas sobre o abismo, vão-se sucedendo as pedras tumulares em mármore com as inscrições dos nomes e fotografias dos que aqui...

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Oct 1, 2012 - Passagem para a Albania

Saimos de manha de Kalambaka numa camioneta as 9 da manha que nos levou ate Ioanina, 2 horas depois. Aqui na propria estacao de camionetas, trocamos para uma outra que nos transportara ate a fronteira com a Albania...depois logo se vera. Viemos de Kalambaka com Larry e Sharon, um casal norte americano de reformados do Kansas, com quem partilhamos o taxi de Kastraki ate kalambaka e depois a mesma camioneta ate Ionanina. Andam a viajar por 2 meses e entao a Sharon e daquelas mulheres bem constituidas, de faces rosadas e da umas gargalhadas...

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Mar 12, 2012 - Sarande

Met a German (Berlin) couple on their way home from an internship in Istanbul, Turkey for a year and a half in social work. Interesting their perspective since it was a very liberal organization which was hoping Arab spring would come to Turkey. We asked at the hotel dsk after breakfast at checkout where we might catch a louage/bus to Sarande and she said at the corner by the university (which is right across from our hotel). However, she said the next one isn't until 1pm! We considered waiting at the hotel but instead we walked towards the...

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Oct 17, 2009 - Sarande, Albania

Located on the coast very near to the Greek island of Corfu, Sarande is to be our last stop in Albania before we go via ferry to Greece. Rather than take a furgon for the journey from Berat to Sarande, we bought tickets on a scheduled bus for the trip. But like so much in Albania, the bus was a rattle-trap affair that wandered from village to village over narrow, rutted mountain roads, picking up and letting off passengers at seemingly random points, taking 5.5 hours for a journey of only 115 km (72 miles)! We arrived in Sarande...

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Feb 26, 2009 - Into the Stamp Catacombs of Albania

2/26/09 Sadly saying goodbye to our beloved Greece, we raced to board a ferry for the port town of Saranda, Albania, under 20 km from the island of Corfu. The day was beautiful and we quickly got settled in. We had an interesting experience at the post office, which Christopher will tell you: Into the Stamp Catacombs of Albania by Christopher Malinosky We were walking along in a little town called Saranda on the way to lunch, when we spotted a post office. We had just arrived from Greece, so we had not gotten any stamps yet from this new...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Sarande & the Albanian night life!

We asked various Albanians over the last two weeks what one place they would visit in Albania. They usually said Sarande. Conveniently, its the perfect jumping off place for Greece, which is where we are headed. So we rolled into Sarande, or skidded and careened I should say. April already mentioned it, but the bus ride from Vlora to Sarande (the SEVEN hour ride which we were told was not longer than three hours) was the ride of a lifetime. Over two hours into the trip when we finally got seats, we were high in the Albanian mountains, on a...

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Sep 15, 2004 - Beaches of Greece

Hello everyone! (Only here for less than 14 hours so haven't quite learnt the lingo quite yet!). We're now in Corfu Greece and loving the fact that we don't have to get up at 6:30am for the next 4 days!!! Since I last wrote, we spent the days lounging on the private beaches of Nice and Cannes (I must be from there as I fit in so well with all of the rich fabulous folks!!!) The cities are so beautiful and ornate that you can't help but walk straighter and smile brighter when you're there. Spent one day on a private beach with waiters...

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