Albania’s Adriatic coast – Beaches and Vistas 

Posted by Pat on September 24, 2016 in Travel |

23 September 2016 Departing Corfu, our hydrofoil arrives into Sarandë after a quick, smooth crossing of the Ionian. It is a beautiful, sunny day and our route will be via SH8, a relatively new coastal road that snakes its way north along the spectacular and relatively undeveloped and unspoiled east coast of the Albanian Riviera. […]

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Gjirokastër, Butrint to Sarandë, surprising Shqiperise

Posted by Pat on September 21, 2016 in Travel |

19-20 September 2016 It is a beautiful 2-3 hour, 85-mile drive over very rough roads to reach a new highway through the mountains. New facilities are being built everywhere, Kostrati Gas Stations popping up like mushrooms, ultimately changing the landscape and culture of the Albanian. Rural Albanians are feeling the change – building of infrastructure […]

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Exploring the villages of Durrës and Berat – Shqiperise at its best

Posted by Pat on September 19, 2016 in Travel |

18 September 2016After a breakfast of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, shepard’s cheese, yogurt and fruit, we motor west to the second largest city in Albania, Durrës, which sits on a lovely bay of the Adriatic Sea. The blue-green seas are calm and beautiful. But we zip past the inviting seas in pursuit of knowledge. Our destination […]

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Tirana, Shqiperise – Capital of Albania

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2016 in Travel |

17 September 2016 Upon entering the city of Tirana, it strikes me as a typical capital city, a 1950s square concrete modern; Communist architecture at its “best.” Buildings are crowded, unremarkable, overbuilt. Streets are crowded and noisy. There lacks the charm of the smaller villages and cities mainly because it is so crowded I don’t […]

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Northern Shqiperise (Albania) – Land of Skanderbeg

Posted by Pat on September 16, 2016 in Travel |

16 September 2016 Today I am driven south through “rustic” scenes of drying corn fields, herds of sheep, flocks of turkeys, women working fields with large wooden rakes, simple villages, minarets, horse carts and pack donkeys, clearly a simple “peasant” life of a rural Albania. I see more women in traditional clothing but the homes […]

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Shkodër, Shqiperise – We ❤️ our Bunkers

Posted by Pat on September 16, 2016 in Travel |

15 September 2016  Departing our Drin River ferry at Lake Koman, we proceed by the worst “road” imaginable to Shkodër, located on the southern shore of Lake Shkodër. (The story on the road is the government paid to build it – twice. Currently, the pissant politician is enjoying his villa in the south of France […]

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Valbonë, Shqiperise (Albania) – Surrounded by Unbelievably Pristine Nature

Posted by Pat on September 15, 2016 in Travel |

14 September 2016 When I sailed past Albania in 1972, I was told the ship had to keep a clear birth of its coastline. “They will fire on us,” a Greek shipmate said. Cranky Albania was still isolated, Communist, and anti-social in 1972. I didn’t know Dictator Hoxha had built 750,000 bunkers to defend a […]

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