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Jun 23, 2013 - Albania

11 - 20th June We are near the end of our stay in Albania, shortly to cross over to Greece on the Ionian coast near Corfu. What to say about Albania? There is quite a lot; it is different from earlier haunts, but I will restrict myself a few oddities that will I hope give a flavour of the place. One of the fears that most travelers have spoken of is the state of the roads, from dirt tracks to missing manhole covers. The roads are the worst we have come across so far but they are not as bad as some have made out. True we have come across...

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Jul 1, 2010 - Tirana

Tirana wurde soeben zur billigsten Hauptstadt Europas gewaehlt, wenn auch nicht zur schoensten... Als erster Stop von Montenegro her kommend gewannen wir einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf Albanien. Tirana's Museumsoeffnungszeiten sind eher willkuerlich, daher hatten wir Pech: einmal war es zu, obwohl es eigentlich offiziell offen war, und tags darauf kam der Staatspraesident Berisha auf Besuch und das Geschichtsmuseum war daher nur fuer geladene Gaeste geoeffnet. Ansonsten bietet Tirana nun etwas buntere Ostblockbauten als vor 2004, neuere...

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Jun 12, 2010 - Random collection of photo's

The answer to a very common question is: yes, we have a lot of photographs. Probably not many by some standards but quite a few anyway. So what are our photgraphic interests? Well, they are varied and we are often seen taking photo's that seem of little interest to others. So here is a random collection of some of our shots (that hopefully have yet to appear in our journal), with no explanation and hopefully none needed! JyT

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Jun 11, 2010 - Tirana, Albania

Before doing any sightseeing, we needed to figure out how to move on from Tirana. After 4 hours of walking and asking questions, it was clear that getting to Tirana was far easier than departing, at least to where we wanted to go. Nevermind finding tourist info, or someone to give you a city map, it's not worth spending time on that. The key is figuring out when buses depart from which location. Is there a schedule? You must be kidding! Are the departure locations well marked? Unless an abandoned parking lot with a few people standing...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Where to today?

We knew the train departure time and the location of the decrepid train station in Virpazar, but what was not certain was our final destination. Disembarking in Bar, offers of help poured in, but as they realized we truly did not know where we were going or what we were doing next, the help faded. Quickly we thought to press on and headed in the direction of the bus station. "Wow in 5 minutes, a bus departs for Ulcinj, should we go?" "Yep let's do it". Once in Ulcinj, we needed to decide whether to stay there or press on. Before we even put...

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Oct 14, 2009 - Tirane, Albania

We have discovered that Albania is where old Mercedes come to die. Thousands of them - rattle-trap and rusting - but a shadow of their original glory, ply the streets in a system of somewhat organised chaos. Albania has been a democracy since only 1991, and the years of communist rule show clearly in Tirane's ... indeed the whole country's...crumbling infrastructure and chaotic transportation system. There are few regularly scheduled buses; cross-country transit is often via "furgons" - 9-passenger vans that gather at a place known only to...

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Apr 13, 2009 - Skopje to Tirana

What a night! Bus departed pretty well on time at 7:00pm last night. We arrived in Tirana at 5:00am. It was a large modern bus but they stopped just about every hour, either at another town's bus pickup or just to have a smoke. and it was not just a 5 minute stop, it was 15-20 minutes. The stopped only 100 meters from the main square. We had booked into "Freddys Hostel" and his web site gave us pretty good directions. Here they are: "From Skenderbeg square follow the street the horse and rider are facing between the brilliant mosaic...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Warding off the evil eye in Tirana

3/7/09 Tirana wears its history on its sleeve. The main square is dominated by the national museum, with a huge revolutionary painting showing brave soldiers in battle. Reminiscent of the great architecture of Russia, elegant communist-style official buildings flank the square, with helmeted soldiers carved into their windows. One of these buildings lies flush next to a restored mosque, again reminiscent of the Ottoman regime. Because Hoxha, the Communist dictator, outlawed all religion, the place is rife with missionaries attempting to...

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Oct 14, 2008 - Attractive Albania

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the botton left corner of the slideshow and click on Albania. This will take you...

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Sep 22, 2008 - We found your stolen Mercedes in Tirana

We took a minibus from Berat and arrived in the Albanian capital, Tirana, a couple hours later. At least we thought we were in Tirana. In reality, we had no clue where we were. The bus just stopped at some arbitrary location and let everybody out. The certainly wasn’t a bus station in sight. There wasn’t even a sign. We seemed to be in the middle of a suburban or residential area. Rows of Stalin’s condos – the communist-style, five-storey concrete apartments – lined the roads. None of the streets surrounding the area were marked or...

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Jun 28, 2008 - Montenegro and Albania

After a great time in Croatia we caught the bus south to the world's newest country Montenegro. It's very small and very mountainous, the mountains basically rise up out of the sea. Our first stop was Kotor which is an old town located on the Wagerian Fiord. Old Kotor town is surrounded on three sides by an amazing wall which runs half way up the surrounding mountains. We walked the 1300 steps to the top (phew!) but for our efforts were rewarded with some magnificent views. Our next stop was Budva, a more up market seaside town, where we...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Tirana

Made it at last. The mini bus was fine, turned up exactly on time and brought me all the way through the border and to Shkadar. Actually the journey was more than fine as the bus navigated the narrow twisty lanes up from the coast through frosted valleys and early morning mist towards the mountains and Lake Shkadar. The driver even asked whether I wanted to go to Tirana and when I said yes he dropped me next to an ATM, which I think was really thoughtful, and pointed out the bus to Tirana. There were a few people on the bus but no-one...

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