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Still going southeast in Albania. Now in Berat.
An old town with a castle but this time really just old city walls and a village within the castle. Of course its on top of a hill so more climbing. Also another old stone bridge, churches and mosques. A reasonably quiet city so basically chilling out.
Also took another day trip to a waterfall. A nice hike getting there and a nice swim. The water was ...
... footbridge, past St. Thomas Church (one of many churches that we would find in Berat) and into the Old Town.
At the end of the footbridge, we were greeted by the formidable fortress that was Berat Castle. The castle was built on top of a rocky hill by Roman and Byzantine rulers, with the majority of it's current buildings dating back to the 13th century. Heading off up the hill towards the castle, we passed by the Bachelors Mosque, an elaborately painted mosque which ...
... but graciously declined.
Even my arrival last night at the Lorenc Guesthouse, a wonderful little family-run place that has been in the family over seventy years, and houses three generations, was a brilliant example of Albanian hospitality. Immediately after setting foot in the house, a little Albanian granny asks me "Coffee?" Having hoofed it up to Gorica in 35 C heat, I declined, even though an Albanian coffee ...
... I was busy trying not to fall on the cobblestones. Nice having directors with me so I don’t miss any shots. I do appreciate the help although sometimes I have no idea what my hubby is talking about when he says “take a photo” and I haven’t spotted whatever awe-inspiring view he has seen already.
We curve around various churches and streets and alleyways through all these stone buildings and ...
... where literature and poems were staged. Durres does not have a Odeon that has been excavated that we saw.
There wasn’t much left of the agora, just a few lines of foundation rock, a circle of floor stone and a dozen or so columns left standing. We are in the middle of a neighborhood with apartments and shops around us. The modern city is crowded right up to the fence protecting the ruins. I believe the modern city would be into the ...
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