Monthly Archives: September 2015

beautiful berat

Berat is famous for its white stone houses and their windows, ‘the city of a thousand windows’. The area is known as the mangalem which was where we were based. A smaller area across the river is called gorica. Mangalem … Continue reading

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open wide! 16th september

The antigone restaurant became our restaurant of choice over the time we were in berat. It was up umpteen steps0 but had several terraces overlooking the river and mangalem. One particular waiter got to know us and we learned a … Continue reading

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dur…..durres 16th september

I was incredibly tired yesterday due to not sleeping much at all. I think the prospect of going out on the albanian roads again was playing on my mind. Suffice to say i was not at my sunniest and when … Continue reading

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traipsing around tirana part two

Our sightseeing days are developing a pattern due to the unexpected high temperatures, 31 – 34. We amble about in the morning, stop for coffee, amble some more and then look for somewhere inviting for lunch. The afternoon starts with … Continue reading

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traipsing around tirana part one

Lou had good news and bad news yesterday. Good – the national art gallery was closed so he didn’t have to trail around after me, bad – a highly recommended restaurant in a lovely old ottoman building was closed too. … Continue reading

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first impressions

We may have been concentrating on the traffic and cyclists with a death wish but we did gather some first impressions on the drive down to tirana. Lou was fascinated by the overwhelming number of gas stations. His enthusiasm spread … Continue reading

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a quiet nest on the second floor

It is always a bit of a gamble booking hotels in places you have never visited before. I flick from booking.com to trip advisor to google earth to try and get a feel for a place and still you can … Continue reading

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welcome to albania

 Well, what a day. Still trying to get my head around it. So many sights, so many emotions. Lou says he is ‘just the chauffeur’ on these trips but what a chauffeur!  The man has nerves of steel while i … Continue reading

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stepping out…and up! 13th september 2015

The italian influence is everywhere along this side of the adriatic and menus are awash with pizza and pasta dishes. Earlier this evening we decided we couldn’t leave kotor without making the effort to walk along the walls to the … Continue reading

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kotor or kator? 12th september 2015

Kator or kotor? Cats are king here. They slink under your cafe table, walk off in a hightailed huff if you try to take a picture and sunbathe in the middle of the busiest plazas, impervious to advancing ‘follow the … Continue reading

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