Altea Beach Lodges
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- Continental Breakfast
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
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We had a navigational blip and went right into the port area. It was an interesting detour. There's huge renewal scheme under way. This includes redevelopment of derelict buildings, roads and pedestrian / cycle paths. There was a "small" cruise ship, docked and I guess they're aiming at attracting the big ones.
Roadside fruit stalls met my needs. Cherries, nectarines, apricots ...
... high above Saranda. We arrive just in time to see the sun set over the Ionian Sea. The sky is clear enough to watch the red disk sink into the water, but the elusive "green flash" doesn't make an appearance.
Entertainment at dinner is provided by an amazing group of polyphonic singers who are also great dancers. The "harmonies" are complicated and challenging to perform. Many of us join in dancing with the group to bring the evening to a rousing finale!
... is the second largest port city after Durres, and it was here that Albanian independence was declared in 1912 during the First Balkan War. We have dinner in the hotel, and then many of us take a long walk from the waterfront along the main street. Walking after dark appears to be an activity that only men engage in, as there are very few women to be seen. We enjoy the sightseeing, and it appears that the locals enjoy checking us out as well.
... you would see in a story-book or a film of Macbeth.
Some history: Albania was under Ottoman rule, often rather loosely, for a long time: from the 14th century untill 1912. Under the Ottomans, Muslims were favoured but conversion was not forced. King Zog ruled from 1925 to 1939. The communist era lasted from 1946 to 1991, almost entirely under the harsh rule of Enver Hoxha, who died in 1985. This was an isolated, quirky form of communism, brutal enough to ...
EM_TY in Alabania Cont's:
We didn't ride much distance that day, but it was draining riding. The level of alertness needed to navigate the disorder was more than we had exerted in some time. We still didn’t have a map, and discovered it was not simply a technical glitch that roads were not loading on the phone, they just weren’t mapped. As we progressed through the perilous roads we concluded Google must have been too frightened to bother. We ...