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My trip to Albania was a last minute surprise and I had little opportunity to develop expectations. This country blew me away with diverse geography, its eclectic history and its passion for sausage! It was never on my list of places-to-go, and now its my most wished for "return to" destination.
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Tirana, Albania
This is only one of the 'out-of-the-blue' images that regularly pop up as you're exploring Tirana. Apparently one of the former mayors of the city was an artist himself. In the post-communist era he actively encouraged the use of brightly colored...
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Krujë District, Albania
This is a great day trip from Tirana, only about a half hour drive from the capital city. Well, actually it takes about half an hour to get it within eyesight, but then the drive up the mountain and into the town takes at least another 20 minutes....
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Krujë District, Albania
As old markets go, this is now one of my favorites. Its completely contained along one short stretch of a cobblestone, pedestrian-only walkway. Wooden storefronts all have shade casting awnings that make it very comfortable to meander even on a...
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Ali Demi, Tirana, Albania
So one of the members of my host family was celebrating a birthday while I was visiting. The turning-sixteen boy requested only one thing: a full-on family war! We gathered as many willing competitors as we could find and drove out to Teg Mall, in...
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Tirana, Albania
(see Albanian Fauna Highlight too!) While exploring and adventuring into unknown territories, travelers tend to wax poetic on the new and the different. Stories to families and friends back home are usually full of exotic details. This is half the...
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Berat, Albania
As mosques go, it’s a rather typical one. It’s really the name that catches the imagination. When I first read about it in the guide book I had visions of young handsome men gathering around its doorways, intensely discussing manly-men topics,...
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Berat, Albania
It looks innocent enough. This road to the citadel in Berat has been ascended by thousands of others over the centuries. And while climbing UP the hill, towards the amazing castle and its collection of churches, mosques, museums and active homes,...