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The pearl of the Balkans – A trip through the ‘Accursed Mountains’ of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro

Travel June 13, 2017

This is the story of our adventure along the ‘Peaks of the Balkans’ trail, leading us on an adventure through the less-known Alpine world of northern Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. The network of 125 miles of trails through the Prokletije or ‘Cursed’ Mountains was set up in 2011 with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Alpine Club. It offers breath taking views over one of the most remote areas of Europe…

The great Eastern European road trip, road trip across Albania

Travel May 30, 2017

As soon as we cross the border into northern Albania, near Shkodër, we are faced with a decision: coast or mountain? I’ve wanted to visit Albania since the 1990s, when I glimpsed its then unreachable coast from Corfu and heard it was the loveliest in the Med. But we’ve arrived in a heatwave – 40C-plus – so turn towards the cool mountains of the south-east. On their tour from the Balkans to the Baltic, Kevin Rushby and family arrive in Albania – once unreachable, now scruffy, eccentric and entirely lovable…

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…

  • Welcome to my place . . . Albania

    by on January 29, 2019 - 0 Comments

    ‘It’s good to appreciate how far Albania has come since the dictatorship ended in 1991’… Some 40 minutes’ drive from Tirana is the town of Kruja, set on a dramatic escarpment and home to the country’s largest antiques and handcrafts market. Handwoven kilims, bold and sometimes gaudy traditional costumes and carved wood utensils can all […]

  • Kosovo: Life in the land of popstars

    by on January 29, 2019 - 0 Comments

    When people think of Kosovo, they probably remember the war-torn country in the late 1990s. What they probably don’t think of is the fact that there is no place in Europe that can boast as many popstars per capital as Kosovo. Before telling you who those popstars are, let me emphasise that this was not […]

  • Tirana city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Albania’s capital

    by on January 22, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Albania is coming in from the cold. After decades of isolation, Europe’s last undiscovered country is set on modernising and attracting visitors. Its capital, Tirana, is at the heart of this plan. The first ever low-cost flights between the UK and Albania started in April 2018, when Wizz Air opened its new London Luton-Tirana route. […]

  • Ava Max: My parents left Albania in 1990 and lived in a church in Paris for a whole year

    by on January 22, 2019 - 0 Comments

    Albanian-American Singer-songwriter Ava Max has had a remarkable few months since the release of her breakout single Sweet But Psycho, which narrowly missed becoming the UK Christmas number one. Ava Max is buzzing. She’s bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and raring to go at the start of what many critics are already predicting will be a stellar pop […]

  • Communist Concentration Camps of the Past Haunt Today’s Albania

    by on January 22, 2019 - 0 Comments

    TEPELENA, Albania—Simon Mirakaj was 4 years old in 1949 when, together with his mother and two siblings, he was transferred to an internment camp a few miles from the town of Tepelena in southern Albania. His family’s odyssey of displacement first started in July 1945, when the communist government of Albania, headed by dictator Enver […]

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