Blogs from Albania, Europe


Europe » Albania October 17th 2019

4 Reasons Not to Drive in Albania “Now” is the time to visit Albania, the travel blogs say. Why? It’s super cheap, not touristy, nature is pristine, safer than ever, not crowded, wonderful food, and the infrastructure is improving. Those are all good reasons to go. This is an actual quote I read from a blog about driving in Albania. “A road trip in an around Albania will be a wonderfully rewarding experience and one which will give you lasting memories…” The truth is, it’s not very far for us to drive from Croatia, but mostly it’s on the way to Greece, where our boat is spending the summer. Since we have other things to do besides sailing, we plan to drive back and forth…twice! Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what I tell myself about Albania. I’m ... read more
80 Euros for Engine Oil!
City Streets
Road Work in Gjirokaster

Europe » Albania » West » Berat October 13th 2019

We left Shkodër after breakfast on the balcony at our hotel. The drive from Shkodër to Berat wasn’t particularly scenic for most of the 3 hour journey, largely because of the haze but also because many Albanian cities and towns aren’t particularly beautiful (uninspiring buildings, litter, unfinished gardens). The roads were mostly pretty good though. We drove into Berat through the new part of town. Eventually we turned around a corner and caught our first glimpse of the beautiful old city Berat is famous for. Berat is the 9th largest city in Albania and is also home to a historic centre which, along with Gjirokastra’s, is UNESCO world heritage listed. Berat and Gjirokastra are recognised as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Berat’s historic centre consists of a castle (Kala) most ... read more
The new part of Berat
Kalaja district
Kalaja district

Europe » Albania » North » Shkodër October 11th 2019

The trip to Albania was slightly less straight forward than it was supposed to be thanks to the demise of Adria airlines. Instead of a direct flight from Ljubljana to Podgorica, Montenegro we first flew from Ljubljana airport (which was about a half hour drive from our hotel in Bled) to Belgrade in Serbia. After an approximately 3 hour long layover in the rather uninspiring Belgrade airport we caught the next flight to Podgorica. Podgorica airport must be one of the easiest airports for passengers; we hopped off the plane, queued for immigration as we entered the terminal building, clear immigration and headed to the baggage carousel which was about 10 meters away. After picking up our hire car for the next 3 weeks (a white VW golf), we set off for Shkodër in Albania. Along ... read more
Abandoned road construction equipment on the drive from Theth
View on the drive from Theth

Europe » Albania » South » Porto Palermo September 15th 2019

The next destination after Albania was Greece. We had to officially check out of the country and could have stopped at another town farther south, but we decided to head directly to Corfu, Greece. Our agent in Albania followed up with the check-out procedures and stopped at the boat to provide those to us so we could be on our way. We released the lines at 8:40AM on a very grey and cloudy day but it looked like we would have an opportunity to make it to Corfu with a fair weather window – not the best, but it didn’t sound like it would be too bad. We had a pleasant visit by 4-5 dolphin around 10AM, but they just stopped by for a short time and headed on their way. It was such a quick ... read more
A Mountainous Albanian Coastline
Views of the Terrain of Albania
Fishing Boats Are Numerous Along the Coast

Europe » Albania » West » Durrës September 14th 2019

When we left the magnificent Bay of Kotor, we headed south and stopped at the town of Bar, still in Montenegro as we needed to check out of the country and this broke up the trip to the next country we will visit, Albania. We had heard that it was quite easy to check out in Bar which is always a plus when dealing with the bureaucracy of various countries. We pulled into a large marina in Bar and were pleasantly surprised when we were given a side tie – always much easier for getting on and off the boat. We were helped by a very kind marina staff member who you could tell knew his way around boats by the way he dealt with the lines - he was an older gentleman that stated that ... read more
Not The Best Photos But Trying to Show
View of Durres As We Are Nearing the Harbor
Up Went the Albanian Courtesy Flag

Europe » Albania » East April 25th 2019

Der erste Tag, an dem ich weder Regenjacke noch wärmende Jacke angezogen habe. Hervorragend. 420 km sind eigentlich nicht viel, aber dazwischen war eine Fähre und 3 Grenzen und fast nur Landstraßen. Das dauert dann von 8.00 bis 18.00 mit kleiner Mittagspause. Kroatien, Montenegro und Albanien waren heute dran. In Albanien war dann schon ein deutlich anderer Fahrstil. Und was bedeuten die runden Verkehsschilder mit rotem Rand, in der Mitte steht eine Zahl. Z.B. 60 oder 20 oder auch 10. Am Tempo ändert sich aber nichts.... Ich fahr in solchen Ländern langsam aber stur und zeige an, wo ich hin will. Das klappt gut so lange ich nicht umschaue. Da packt mich regelmäßig das Grausen und ich verliere allen Mut. Also nicht umschauen..... Das Hotel kostet 30 Euro. Ausnahmsweise bin ich abgestiegen, wo auch Globebusters sind. ... read more

Europe » Albania » West » Durrës December 16th 2018

A few days’ previously, we had watched the chaos ensue near the Dogara roundabout as the road system struggled to cope with the volume. Pedestrians weaved precariously between the cars, as they attempted to cross the road to reach the Bus Station on the far side. It was our turn to join them this morning, as we had decided for our final full day on Albanian soil to take a trip to the seaside. Durres was the destination. We alighted opposite the Bus Station and decided the safest tactic to cross the road was to effectively use others as a form of human shield. If we let them take the initial plunge into the carriageway, they would get hit first. It worked. We made it the other side and the Bus Station. I say Bus Station, ... read more
Durres Venetian Tower

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana December 14th 2018

We headed to our normal table for breakfast. We were the only guests, apart from another guy who bizarrely sat and ate with his backpack on. He was either very wary of being parted from his possessions or it was surgically attached to his back. The coffee man did his duty and we asked him to translate an article on our intended football match for the day. It transpired that the fading light of the game yesterday had prompted an earlier kick off in the absence of floodlights at KF Kamza. Despite the rather confusing internet article in an online sports newspaper entitled the "match with the forgotten organisation", we also ascertained that the game was to be played at the stadium in Kamza. We set off to see the sights of central Tirana. A few ... read more
Hotel Rogner, Tirana
Dajti Ekspres, Tirana
Pyramid, Tirana

Europe » Albania » West » Tirana December 8th 2018

"Travelling is living", wrote Hans Christian Andersen according to the WIzzair magazine. It all sounds so glamorous. I can assure you the M1 at 3:30 in the morning didn't feel glamorous. The rain lashed down, as we sped south. The overhead warning signs flashed. M1 Closed. Junction 15 to 14. A quick check on the web showed long red line between the 2 junctions, indicating a serious queue of traffic. In the absence of additional information, we assumed an accident in the roadworks. We cut off on a diversion to avoid missing our flight. The alternative route worked well, so we arrived our 2nd home - also known as the Mid Term Parking at Luton Airport - shortly after 4:30. I suspect others would not be so lucky, as the morning traffic rush built up. Airport ... read more

Europe » Albania » East » Korçë October 5th 2018

You have definitely heard about the possibility to do your shopping online. It is a great invention that all the people can benefit from. What actually is online shopping? It is a shop that allows you to buy the products online. That means you don't have to leave your house and go by bus to the other part of the city - you can just sit comfortably on your couch in your pyjamas and watch thousands of products on the screen of your computer. You can actually even do shopping while going to work by bus - you only need to have your smartphone. What are the others advantages of online stores? Save a lot of time As already stated, you can do shopping wherever you want. There are absolutely no limitations - you only need ... read more

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