Ottoman Architecture || Sun-kissed Beaches || Communist History



  In this, my last post to wrap up our trip to Albania, I asked Lee and the kiddo to lend me a hand to help inspire you to start planning your own trip to this awesome little country. I asked them to select seven of their favourite photos that they each took on...

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5 Must-See Sights for your Visit to Tirana

Not nearly as 'behind the times' as one might think, Tirana is lively, colourful, and chaotic in places. The city has relics of its Ottoman, Italian and Communist past to explore and we'd like to share five of the sights that you shouldn't miss...

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A Photo Walk Around Durres

About 25 miles from Tirana you'll find Durres which is Albania's second largest city and its main port. It's not exactly the prettiest city one could visit, with busy cranes and docks right next to the city centre, but it has some interesting buildings and a few...

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The Blue Eye: A Great Place to Skip Rocks

When I told the kiddo the next post I was going to write about Albania would be about the Blue Eye his response was "I remember that. It's a great place to skip rocks!" So if you like to skip rocks, we've found your place to do it. About 25 km from Saranda, on the...

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UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint

On our 4th day in Albania we were up bright and early for one of the sights I was most looking forward to on our tour - the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. And it did not disappoint. Way back in 44 BC, Caesar arrived and recognized the potential for a town on...

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An Evening Stroll Around Saranda

Called one of the sunniest places in Europe with its Mediterranean climate and 270+ days of sunshine a year, Saranda is a great spot to stay if you're looking for something a little more urban and close to some of the best sights in Albania- like the Blue Eye and...

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Picture Perfect Palermo

As we continued heading south from Himara we were treated to more beautiful scenery out the windows the coach and then we reached Palermo.  Porto Palermo to be precise with its castle that has a highly debated and intriguing history. The castle is situated in the bay...

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Where to Stay in Gjirokastra: Hotel Kalemi

  When we stayed: May 2015 |  Rate: $40/night |  Website: Hotel Kalemi  The Things We Loved The Hotel Kalemi is a 200 year old Ottoman style house that the owner has put a great deal of care and attention into restoring. From the traditional woodwork, the...

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Where to Stay in Saranda: Hotel Brilant

  When we stayed: May 2015 |  Rate: starting at about $50 for standard double room to $85 for family suite |  Website: Hotel Brilant The Things We Loved The Hotel Brilant is a really modern hotel ideally located in Saranda and was a great place to be based for...

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