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7 things you didn’t know you could do in Albania

Travel October 31, 2016

Albania often doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. The country still suffers from the echoes of its Communist past: few people travelled in or out for decades during Enver Hoxha’s dictatorial rule, and as travel in Europe developed, Albania got left behind. It’s now somewhat overlooked by tourists, who would rather opt for Greece’s famously pretty islands, Italy’s gorgeous countryside or the romance of Croatia. But Albania’s low visitor numbers are no reflection on its offering for travellers. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know you could do in Albania…

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Take Five: Albania’s Best Adventures

Travel October 13, 2016

Albania sits on the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. The country is very small, but it’s very diverse. You can travel in an hour and be in a completely different landscape…

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48 Hours in Tirana

Travel September 29, 2016

Let’s start your first day in Tirana with a fresh cup of coffee in order to fuel your energy for the rest of the day. There are lots of  cafes located at Rruga Ismail Qemali street, so you can choose between them depending on your needs. Lincoln Garden Cafe is a perfect choice during the sunny mornings since almost all of the tables are placed outside. Well, if you are lucky enough, you may grab the table (there are only two!) inside the cafe, but we strongly recommend to stay outside and enjoy the special atmosphere of this place. The garden is huge and cozy, so you can simply relax and leisurely enjoy your morning coffee…

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Experience Tirana: A Local‘s Guide

Travel September 27, 2016

Vital and colorful Tirana… The capital of Albania may seem crazy and hectic, but at the same time – peaceful and preoccupied. Tirana perfectly reflects every period of the country’s history: Ottoman rule, World War I, World War II, communism and modern days. Colorful buildings combined with abandoned Soviet buildings give an impression of a constantly shifting city. The beautiful, but at the same time unpolished, city is surrounded by hills, has four insanely beautiful artificial lakes and the Adriatic Sea in the distance. The city has a lot to say and it wants to be heard…

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Kosovo Kaleidoscope – Tilt Shift 4k Aerial Time Lapse

Travel September 8, 2016

This clip takes us to the heart of the Balkans to explore historic Kosovo. Filmed in Prizren, Brod, Mirusha Waterfalls, Pec and Rugova Canyon, Joerg Daiber captured what he found most captivating about this landlocked country: “Kosovo may not be on the travel bucket list for many people. The Kosovo War seems somehow not too long ago and the lack of beaches makes this country a white spot on the travel map. However, if you do go there you will be amazed by the extraordinary beauty of the back country, the vibrant city life and friendly people.”… Continue reading …

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The Best Value European Destination You’ve Never Heard Of

Travel September 5, 2016

Prizren, the country’s second-largest city (with less than 200,000 people), is a medieval beauty at the foot of the Sar Mountains. A few of the attractions around the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 14th-century Dečani Monastery and three other medieval buildings. Some are currently under renovation, but you can gain access if you know the right people; or you can just wander around and enjoy them from the outside. As the city is doing its best to improve these sites for tourists, please be patient and understand that these things take time — but still go and check them out…

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The story of Majlinda Kelmendi – From the killing fields of Kosovo to the hallowed Olympic podium

Profile September 3, 2016

Majlinda Kelmendi is an inspiration to athletes around the world. This kind of modesty and understanding of life through her sports teachings, suggests we are talking of an individual who is not just a champion athlete but a complete human being, whose life is a story of unparalleled desire to excel for herself and for her country in the most adverse of circumstances. Meanwhile, in the sporting landscape, Kosovo got embraced by the soccer governing institutions FIFA and UEFA. The legend of Majlinda Kelmindi continues to grow…

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From Sister to Mother to Saint: Mother Teresa

Profile September 2, 2016

On Sunday 4th September 2016, Mother Teresa will be the 640th saint canonized since 1963. Half a million people are expected to attend the canonization at the Vatican, in a ceremony transmitted live to her adopted home of Kolkata and Catholic audiences worldwide. Many still do not realize that she was Albanian. Below is a short biography of this wonderful, holy woman. Continue reading …

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Awesome Albania – 4k Aerial Time Lapse

Travel September 1, 2016

Albania has been one of the best kept traveler secrets in Europe for a few years. Even with tourism expanding now it is still an amazing place to visit. Continue reading …

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A guide to transport in Albania: Its not impossible but it is an experience!

Travel August 30, 2016

Be flexible and don’t plan too much ahead. Getting around Albania on public transport is easily doable and we managed to get to some amazing places all over the country that way. But you do have to be patient, open minded and not too fussed about time. If you approach it in a relaxed and fun way then you will have a great time on the unique Albanian transport system…

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