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It turned out to be another bouncy crossing to Othoni a small island on the North West coast of Corfu and by the time we anchored for the night it was dark and windy and chilly!
Once the boat was put to bed for the night, we rested for a while in the saloon munching on Baklava washed down with mugs of tea.
The conversation turned to the plan for Monday. John wanted to pull a 200nm day and get us as far as Croatia without having to clear customs ...
From Corfu we went to Albania, taking the ferry across to Saranda and heading up to the capital of Tirana. We had a lovely 4.30 start and thanks to the pink palace shuttle times we were at reception by 5.15am although didn't leave until 6.30am, but we did get to watch a dodgy western on TV in a smokey reception with a few of the last revellers from the night before. Pretty funny actually as it set the scene for the full day of travel ahead. With a ...
... John the Baptist. David can attest to this as he was tall enough to see in the coffin when it was opened by a priest for a couple of worshipers whilst we were there. Well! He saw the gruesome sight of a mummified hand, as for who it once belonged to, we’ll take their word on that. Here too, is a splinter of the 'true cross’. A great many churches in Europe have a splinter of the cross.
The true cross was found and identified by ...
... and bread. It was very good. Briony remarked that there were no women in the whole place. Perhaps it was an Albanian men’s club.
Exploring further afield we wandered into the market area and picked up a few supplies. I browsed the street filled with second bikes for anything I could trade in the old second hand bike I picked up in London for the trip.
The route out of Tirana was much smoother than the arrival and we continuing ...
... we found, what seemed like the perfect place, I thought I best ask what looked like a policeman whether it was fine to park here. Unknowingly I asked the equiivalent to a Federal Guard to the President of Albania's White House, who told me it was fine but I should move it forward. Confused at first, and making 2 trips between the car and the guard across the street, I then managed to work out through hand gestures and broken english that ...