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... of a troubled past.
Sarande is the major town (port) in S Albania.
It was vibrant with signs of rejuvenation and development. There were numerous hotels and apartment blocks along the very beautiful shoreline. It has one of the most attractive high board diving venues - there was a 5m board over an ocean cove, with spectator seating. All they need now is paying guests to fill the place. It seems ludicrous that ...
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 ...
... and scotch than would have been good for ten couples. Carm did try to escape a couple of times, but Russ is a hard man to get around when we decides to block any exit from the "fun". Needless to say, our rising this morning was sluggish and not really full of grace. We got our timings mixed up and as a result missed a tour we'd intended to take before lunch. On reflection, that was not bad thing and we managed to do mundane things like washing, ironing and blog ...
... 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!
... and our cousins Don and Carolyn. We piled into Brian and Audrey's 4WD, with Audrey riding shotgun amidst the luggage (a position she maintained against all potential interlopers for the duration of our visit), and rode across town and up the steep hill toward the castle.
Like most of the old Albanian towns, Gjirokaster is built on steep slopes, for defensive purposes, with the modern part spilling into the flat of the valley. The old houses are ...