A visit to Albania's capital: Tirana

Admittedly I was happy to be back in a busy metropolis as you'd have to go back to Italy those weeks ago since I last sampled the heavily polluted city air. Since then its largely been rural villages, castles and vast amounts of walking. I came here then with minimal expectations and as such I would be less likely to be disappointed should the city not deliver me what I wanted it to. I needn't had worried though (not that I did) as I had enjoy ...

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A miserably wet afternoon in Berat

Yes folks finally a less than pleasurable afternoon. That's a grand total of two single bad experiences in seven weeks of travel so I can't grumble too much can I. (The first being THAT time in Cyprus of course). So the day started off reasonably bright and sunny enough for us to not feel cold or think we would need rain- ...

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Goodbye Saranda, hello Gjirokaster

As six of the last seven days have been spent in Saranda, it was finally time to say goodbye to the friends and temporary home I had made this last week. In addition to the wonderful ambience created by the manager Klardi, the Hairy Lemon hostel offered fantastic views of the beach that happened to very conveniently be just across the road. I made sure then that I spent at least a couple of hours down by the beach on this my final day. ...

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Is Albania the cheapest Balkan country?

I didn't think I would ever see prices cheaper in Europe than I saw in Romanian and Serbia but it's now looking like I have. Example 1: Bottled water of this size costs no more than 90 LEK - 40 pence. That's a 6 litre container! ...

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Adventuring along the Albanian Riviera...

Not only do they have a Riviera but its beauty is going to surprise you as it has me. And that wasn't the only surprise I'd thoroughly enjoy before the end of the day. But first it was time to check   out of the 'Hairy Lemon' hostel in Saranda. However, so welcoming and enjoyable has my stay here been that its had an affect on my normal analytical way of thinking. As such, I have decided that I will venture north, before head ...

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