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Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro

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Kosovo
Albania recently built a freeway from the coast to Kosovo. However, unless you have a very good road map or speak Albanian, it can be hard to find the freeway. Like most Balkan countries, Albania likes to put the next town on road signs, rather...
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Desan
Stop at Decan monastery in western Kosovo near Peja/Pec for the Thursday night service, which is open to the public. Make sure to buy a CD in the gift shop. I still listen to my Decan monk CD, it's that awesome.
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Fantastic! A must-see if you are in the region. Make sure to rent a car so you can drive along the side of the lake - many of the most beautiful spots are outside of Ohrid town.
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Montenegro
You don't have to stay on the famous island! Avoid "the season" and stay in one of the numerous charming hotels on the shore. Warning - you cannot visit the island, it's for guests only. But the view is free.