along the Albanian Riviera...
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diving in the Ionian
I spent 4 days with my two aunts and cousin in Himare, Albania. This is one of the points on what is often called "The Albanian Riviera". It is a true wonder of the world, I think. All the beaches are less than a 20 minute drive so it's very easy to explore a different beach each day. Jale (pictured here) is one of my favorites. You can swim up to a large rock and jump off. When you turn around to look at the beach behind you, it is overshadowed by the tall mountains behind it. There is nothing more special than swimming in the Ionian sea and looking up at beautiful mountains.
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