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Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren April 20th 2015

Imagine a place where the streets are named after Tony Blair and George Bush, where the main roads have speed signs for tanks and where the inviting looking mountains can't be hiked owing to land mines. You're probably not thinking of Europe, but Europe it is. These oddities are all part of the experience of visiting Europe's newest country, Kosovo. Starting from Skopje in Macedonia, my wife, I and our 11 month old daughter crossed the border into Kosovo for a couple of days to explore what is perhaps Europe's least known country. We turned off the main Skopje to Pristina road (look out for another signs thanking NATO and the EU) and drive across the Sharri mountains int he direction of Prizren, Kosovo's second city. The Sharri mountains looked great but some of the paths ... read more
Sharri Mountains, Kosovo
Kosovo-Macedonia border crossing
Ruth and Amy in the Sharri mountains

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren August 3rd 2014

And so next on to Europe's newest country, Kosovo, which we visited on an overnight trip from Macedonia. We split our time between the city of Prizren and the capital city Pristina. The trip from Skopje to Prizren through the Sharr mountains was spectacular. We stopped at the town of Prevalla for a coffee and later at an excellent restaurant called Vila Park, just outside Prizren, which served great meat dishes. Prizren turned out to be a real find, with lovely old cobbled streets, a beautiful mosque and churches, good restaurants and a nice hilltop view from the fortress. Amy's Mum and Dad were very excited to find baby high-chairs available and a decent cot in the hotel - very impressive! Our quick visit to Pristina was less interesting. It took longer to get there than ... read more
Prizren, Kosovo
Speed limit for tanks
Someone likes the EU!

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren September 20th 2012

Resumo: Dia de cão; Num quarto com músicos; Estou bem. Sai da pacata cidade Bitola (Sul da Macedônia) onde tinha um festival internacional de filmes (vi 2 ontem por menos de EUR1,00 os 2) para ver Kosovo novamente. Novamente??? Sim. Estive aqui em 2005 quando a região ainda lutava pela sua independência. Pois é, alguns dias antes de eu chegar aqui pela primeira vez, algumas bombas estouram na capital Pristina. Enfim .. isso é uma outra história (quem tiver interesse: http://angelinayamada.blogspot.com.br/2010_11_01_archive.html) Cá cheguei sem dificuldades de entrar no país. No entanto, uma chuva meio chata me pegou de surpresa. Assim, não consegui caminhar pelas ruas de Pristina (capital). Fiquei 1hora num boteco esperando a chuva passar e nada. Peguei meu bus para Prizren. O tempo estava pés... read more
People asking me to take pictures
New guest in the room
Kosovo's beer

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren August 11th 2011

The next day me and my new chum Michelle headed off from Berat to Prizren in Kosovo, to do this we first had to catch a furgon to Tirana, during the trip we were joined by an Italian Albanian who entertained us all for the journey, he didn't stop talking and had a typically Italian view on women much to the amusement of my travelling companion:-) Once we arrived in Tirana we had a walk round the building site and then caught the bus to Prizren, as with all the other buses it wasn't AC but this wasn't a problem when we were travelling through the mountains. The route took us on the brand new highway between these two cities, that had been built to the cost of an estimated 600 million euros. As it had ... read more
Sunset
Michelle and I at Besini
One of the many mosques

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren June 19th 2011

Hicran Cigdem Yorgancioglu Kosova 2011 Hicran Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu ‘nun Kosova devr-i Alem Hicri Alem Hicran Çiğdem Seyahatnamesi’nden ..seyahat notlarından alıntılardır . Her hakkı saklıdır .. / Eserin tüm telif hakları H.Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu’na aittir . Eserin izinsiz kopyalanması çoğaltımı ,yayını ,dağıtımı halinde 5846 sayılı Fikir ve Sanat Eserleri Kanunun hükümleri geçerli olacaktır. Kosova Cumhuriyeti Ne güneşten gözlerim kısılıyor ne de yağmur yağacak da ıslanacağım diye düşünüyorum. Balkanlar üzerine kelimenin dağlık anlamı üzerine , dağ dağ gidiyorum. Zaman yayını ve okunu alıp hazırlanıyor yine atmaya beni dünyanın bir köşesine .Her hâlükârda bir sesleniştir yazmak. Eski Osmanlı sancağını “Dardania” antik ismi ile çağırıyorum bakalım kim gelecek. Boomerang değil ya eko yapan ... read more
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Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren August 28th 2010

““Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to...”” We completely lost track of time this week. The other day we fruitlessly tried to calculate which day of the week it was. At the end we looked at our calendar and saw we were off by one day. It is such a liberating feeling not knowing or caring when you are. I’m not sure we fully knew where we where as well every time we when to bed. We surly didn’t know where we will be the next day. After finishing our last week (a week being 10 days in our case…) in northern Croatia we wanted ... read more
Dormitor National Park, Montenegro
National Park Biogradska Gora, Montenegro
Prizren, Kosovo

Europe » Kosovo » South » Prizren November 15th 2008

In retrospect, I guess it's a good thing that I still haven't learned how to say "no." When Matt asked me to join him for a visa run to the Balkans, my one condition was that we go as far as Kosovo. The time-spent-on-buses to overall-duration-of-trip ratio was ridiculously high - read: 4 nights on buses, 2 nights in actual beds, and no less than six border crossings. Although it was grueling, it turned out to be well worth the effort. The Balkans are a multi-course meal of languages, a buffet of cultures, and a glass of beer full of, well, full of beer. Surprises remain abundant in this quirky corner of the world. The bus we left İstanbul on progressively emptied as we moved west. Each of us on the bus, who hadn't purchased our ... read more
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from the window of a minibus
Prizren




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