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Little Tony Blairs of Kosovo: the boys named after the great man

History October 12, 2017

When Nato eventually intervened in 1999 to stop the ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, the UK prime minister Tony Blair was hailed as a hero. As refugees returned to the province, several new parents of baby boys called their sons Tony Blair. For Kosovan Albanians, Tony Blair is more than just an ex-British prime minister turned globetrotting statesman. He’s the hero of the nation, who saved them in their hour of need. And how better to show gratitude than to name their sons after him?…
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7 things you didn’t know you could do in Albania

Travel September 2, 2017

Have the beach to yourself… Eat superb seafood… Hike through alpine countryside… Explore underground nuclear bunkers… See a living citadel… Drink home-grown wines… Shop for antiques; Just outside the capital, the town of Kruja is famous for being the stronghold of Albanian national hero Skanderbeg during his resistance against the Ottomans in the fifteenth century. Today, an old castle remains with a few good museums inside, but the most entertaining activity by far is bartering for goods in the old bazaar just down the hill…

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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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  • Little Tony Blairs of Kosovo: the boys named after the great man

    by on October 12, 2017 - 0 Comments

    When Nato eventually intervened in 1999 to stop the ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, the UK prime minister Tony Blair was hailed as a hero. As refugees returned to the province, several new parents of baby boys called their sons Tony Blair. For Kosovan Albanians, Tony Blair is more than […]

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

    by on September 2, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Have the beach to yourself… Eat superb seafood… Hike through alpine countryside… Explore underground nuclear bunkers… See a living citadel… Drink home-grown wines… Shop for antiques; Just outside the capital, the town of Kruja is famous for being the stronghold of Albanian national hero Skanderbeg during his resistance against the Ottomans in the fifteenth century. […]

  • Unexpected Highlights of a Trip to Albania

    by on September 2, 2017 - 0 Comments

    What we found in Albania was a mix of remarkable natural beauty, deep history, tempting food, and some of the nicest people you’ll meet anywhere. It’s like Italy with limited public transportation and the French Riviera with more partially-constructed buildings and less attitude. Albania is like its neighbour to the south, Greece, but with far […]

  • Tales of heroism on the Second World War's forgotten battleground

    by on October 12, 2017 - 0 Comments

    It was hard to imagine these mountains in eastern Albania being anything other than serene. But this, I discovered, was the very spot where Brigadier Edmund “Trotsky” Davies, who was leading Special Operations in Albania against the occupying Germans, was captured in 1944. As a part-time soldier, I thought I knew my military history, but I […]

  • At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song

    by on November 3, 2017 - 0 Comments

    “Why not give yourself a break from the unending cavalcade of modern high-speed insanity, and rest up with this album of deep soul from Southern Albania.” – Ry Cooder Brazilian Samba, Bosnian Sevdah, New Orleans Jazz, Cuban son – and Albanian Saze! The turn of the last century saw mass migrations to the world’s cities […]

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