Hotel Paradise Beach
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Having visited many inland places it was time (and still warm enough) to head to the beach. This involved the incredible Llogaraja Pass, which runs along a section of the coast before reaching the beautifully undeveloped section of the Albanian coast just up from Greece. We spent our time swimming, enjoying a few beers and scarily booking ferries for the future journey back through Europe to the UK.
... the sunset! I returned to the hotel for dinner, which was a stew served with salad and half a loaf of bread! I didn't really want the bread, but.. well.. it was free! I went back to the beach bar to watch the football!
The following morning I wasn't so fortunate in meeting someone with a taxi so had an uphill walk back to the village to catch the bus on to Vlore. I took a walk around the village and then sat in a coffee shop where I knew the bus would stop. Having been ...
... a mode of transport, there's so many Mercedes Benz driving around not sure on their legality though. Apparently there's alot of corruption within the government, with billions made in growing marijuana up in the mountains. Found a seaside town Orikam where we had a traditional meal for dinner and had permission to stay in the car park for free overnight. ...
... with our ocean dreaming blinkers on. I say this, as after we settled into our room, only then did we start to notice the detail of where we had picked. While there was blue ocean, there was also dark sand speckled with cigarette butts, scrap metal and manky dogs. We were under a section of extremely tall pine trees, grown in a rank swampy area which caused damp air to hover and mosquitoes to appear in our vision and inhales.
We took the opportunity to bribe the ...
... us – in the end we used a mixture of Albanian, English, Italian and Russian!
We spent the afternoon trying to find the beach and, once we were there, enjoying it. It turned out that it was several kilometres from the village, though it was pleasant to walk in the rural environment. The problem is that construction is not limited in any way here and soon the whole hillside will be full of guesthouses and villas, haphazardly scattered everywhere. This ...