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Jun 2, 2019 - last morning in tirana

Whilst in France, cultural institutions seem to closed on Mondays (Sauf Lundi),for Albania, Sunday seems to be the preferred weekly closing day, which I discovered by chance today when procrastinating about visiting the Mosaic of Tirana. Fortunately for me, this small tourist attraction is just around the corner from the apartment I have been staying at, and in fact I used it to orient myself for Google maps as it's the closest site; but I had put off actually venturing inside the fences until now. Sipping my coffee from a cafe next to the...

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Helen in Europe

May 27, 2019 - Albania

Albania has always been this mysterious communist country that no-one I know had been to. We knew nothing much about it and even had to look up it’s capital (Tirana). We’ve filled in quite a few gaps after a very full couple of days and evenings here. And a lot of information from tour guides.....read information overload. I’ve been keeping notes as they talk because I just can’t recall it all. For the record Albania is a country of 28,000 sq kms of mostly mountains (70%) and has a long, fertile coast. There are nearly 3 million people, 1m...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Tirana

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...

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Aug 9, 2018 - 30th July

Dear all, Well still in catch up mode. On Monday, 30th we moved on from Macedona crossing into Albania, the poorest and slowest country to recover. The land is still dotted with the underground bunkers. In Tirana they have dug out around one and found several rooms on two or three levels that the have now turned into a museum. The new or renovated buildings in the city and peoples homes are often painted with bright colours in contrast with the drab cement buildings and apartment buildings left over from the communist rule. The hotels we...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 2, 2018 - Tirana

Unlike yesterday's drive to Berat the drive to Tirana was absolutely boring by comparison and therefore quite relaxing. The landscape was not all that interesting but passing through large fields of sunflowers certainly provided plenty of colour. We deliberately spent the final night of our 'lower Balkans & Greece' travels in a hotel near the airport rather than in the city to keep things simple for our flight connection the next morning. Great plan, shame it did not quite work out. Hotel breakfast and checkout …. tasty and easy. GPS...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Tirana

Leaving Tirana was not the easiest due to questionable GPS directions and terrible road conditions but we made the airport on time. Returning “Slim” Duster our faithful rental 4WD was a breeze so coffees were ordered to help pass the time until check-in

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Jun 9, 2018 - Tirana

The drive from Montenegro back into Albania was simple enough but the border crossing was one of the slowest yet. We had criss-crossed borders so many times we wondered if they thought we were up to no good and gave us an extra going over. With time in hand we made a visit to Tirana's Harley Davidson outlet but soon wished we hadn't. The overall presentation was terrible. Older model bikes, many covered in dust did not really appeal to us so we moved on to reach our accomodation for the next few days. If that hadn't been exciting enough...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Tirana

Breakfast at the hotel and a few pictures taken from the roof top of my hotel it is off to get my bus ticket to Prizren, Kosovo will be leaving at 6:00 am in the morning. Then off to explore the city of Tirana, this is the capital city for Albania, the main square is blocked off for a remodel and is to open today in the afternoon with a party. A stop for some lunch a Greek salad, then back to my room and let it cool down a bit. worked on pictures and my blog about up to date on both. After a bit of rest I head out just walking around the...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Tirana, Albania

Was not as early of a start this morning the bus left Kotor at 8:30 for a 6 hour trip down the coast to Budva, Petrovac then headed to Podgorica the last city in Montenegro, then across the border into Albania. About a 30 minute wait at the border to check passports checked the on to Shkoder for a short bathroom and lunch break, back on the bus to Tirana passing by the Mother Tessa airport. Then on into Tirana getting into a bit traffic jam roads for three lanes of cars but at least 5 cars driving there (glad I was not driving) LOL Got to...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Bus to Tirana

3/31 Woke up after 12 hour + 'nap' to Mare complaining about the Greek passport stamp being close to invisible. Bon looked at her and made the very astute observation, "Well, they've used up all their red ink on more important things!" The stamp was using a red ink pad, ha! Love it! Bus left right on time, 8:30 a.m.. The route out of Athens was accompanied by lots of road construction/expansion. In fact, all the way to, and some miles past the huge, beautiful Rion-Antirion bridge Info on Rio-Antirion Bridge...... ___ crossing the Rio...

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Nov 18, 2014 - Change of Plans

The plan for today was to roam the cobblestone roads of Gjirokaster again. It didn't work out that way. The day started normally. I first explored the Gjirokaster Castle that looms over the town. It turned out to be a curious mix of Ottoman, World War II, and Communist Era artifacts. It's no wonder why there would be a castle here. High up at the top of the hill, it provides a commanding view of the entire valley. The earliest archaeological evidence points to an iron age settlement in the 7th century BC. By the 13th century AD, there was...

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Balkans 2014

Oct 8, 2014 - Tirana, a castle and still no suitcases

What a gorgeous day in Albania today! Even our guide, Kristejan (Christian) says it's unusually nice at 72F. Last week, it was rainy and 60's so to have it be sunny and warm is a treat for them. We started off today with a 7:15 am wake up call; breakfast buffet at the hotel and our first tour at 9am. Of course, the first thing we did this morning was to check and see if our suitcases had arrived overnight--nope. There are 3 more flights from Rome expected during the day so we just hope that one of them will bring us our bags. Gate 1 Tours...

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