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... where we grabbed a souvlaki, boy how I'd missed them! And to think I left it until my last night in Albania to have another one... Sophie helpfully threw in she wouldn't mind if I wanted to sit at a bar and watch the football, a full 3 minutes from the end of the match! The next morning we planned to catch the bus to Montenegro. We were both hoping, praying that we got on something that looked like a bus, that went the speed a bus should, and one that would only melt an ice cube, not boil ...
... And I mean everyone. The girls get really dressed up, highheals and all. Many guys walking too but some just sitting on the sidewalk in the cafes eyeing all the talent. And they literally walk up the main street, turn around and then walk back ( multiple times ). Then at nine thirty everyone goes home, and the place is deserted. Reminds me of my childhood in Taihape on a Friday night when everyone came to ...
... and mountains.
Some of the more impressive churches, mosques and other ruins included:
- St. Theodore's Chapel, with wall paintings by the famous post-Medieval Albanian painter, Onufri;
- Church of St. Mary of Blacherna, a 13th century chapel with 16th century wall paintings by Onufri's son, Nikollė Onufri;
- St. Nicholas Church, with it's 13th century fresco;
- The Chapel of the Holy Trinity, a 14th century church in the form of a ...
... a little dish of homemade preserved cherries - syrupy sweet and delicious, like maraschino cherries but without the artificial taste, and about a hundred times better.
Bledi had told me an interesting thing last night about Albanians - though they are incredibly warm and accommodating with tourists, they really aren't that way with each other. Apparently, there's usually a bit of a competition amongst Albanians, especially ...
... the sidewalks and putting in new stone/brick walkways. We had to wander off the path and through the mud to get past them. We have a fine view of the entire valley before us and the Orthodox side of Berat. Almost directly down from us is the Muslim side and Klodi points out the Bachelors Mosque which we’d walked by last night and also a Harem but in the dark, we didn’t get much feel for it. Almost directly below ...
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