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Travel Blogs from Tirana
... and another 3 hour drive into Tirana… Interesting sights.. Donkeys, chickens, dogs, teddy bears hanging off the outside of houses and an Albanian traffic jam involving some cows.. but we got to the capital. Were the roads were pretty bad, and Mark our driver made a wrong turn, down a single lane road. The only place we could pull in and do a U-turn was entering the Albanian secret service compound, we had ...
... seems to know how he did it)! He was the son of an Albanian prince but was handed over to the Turks as a hostage. He converted to Islam and was trained in military tactics in Turkey, where he became known as Iskander (after Alexander the Great). Sultan Murad II promoted him to the rank of Berg (Governor), hence the name Skanderberg.
We headed straight up the hill to Kruja Castle, where there were lots of tourist-tat stalls lining the streets. There wasn't much left ...
... I would actually say that Tirana and Tehran would be tied 1st for being the hottest cities on the whole trip. Its kinda surprising, as you'd kinda expect the people here to be all backward and inbred and definitely not attractive.
We then walked around the city. Its a lively place but at the same time you could see all these abandonned buildings everywhere which was a weird juxtaposition to the young coffee culture ...
... itself is fabulous, it just needs some renovation and a purpose. To place it in Dublin or London would render it iconic, though I guess Albania has so few western ties that something as awesome as a concrete disco pyramid could easily go unnoticed.
We didn’t have much of a plan for the day, Tirana doesn’t seem to cater to tourists, much like the rest of Albania, so there wasn’t much to do except people watch and explore the city. We again ...
No -where First, since my iPod won't let me reply to the comments. My favorite city so far is Rome but my favorite part was the Greek island crusing. Santonini was very nice but we didn't spend very long there, and since my tour was so long I didnt take the donkey. I think Rhodes was the coolest, but the best part was simply the downtime drinking in the sun on the boat. You actually do get very tired bussing around this distance and ...
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