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Jun 5, 2018 - Shkoder

Our new stop now became Shkoder nestled on the edge of a huge lake. Not a pretty town, in fact quite untidy, but our hotel was great and we were relieved. There definitely was no relief when driving in that town as everywhere you moved there would be dozens of bicycles in your path. They roamed and ruled just like cows did on outer roads. Across the river things were better where eateries provided a degree of respite and decorum. The river was quite broad and pretty but had weird, decaying, concrete structures jutting into it. An...

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Oct 9, 2014 - Over the mountains and thru the woods to Montenegro

Day 4! After breakfast this morning, we "packed up" (I say this facetiously as we have nothing to "pack") and left the hotel at 9am. As we departed Tirana...down the boulevard again...it was yet another sunny beautiful day. Today, we will be putting some miles on the bus as we have to travel north through the rest of Albania and into Montenegro. Our first stop, Shkodra, about 1.5 hours north of Tirana, is one of Albania's oldest cities and an important cultural center. Our goal was to see the ruins for the Rozafa castle altho it is really a...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Shkodra, Tirana, Kruja, Boga, Theft

TIRANA: Travel by bus. There is not much to see in Tirana. We were not able to get into the same hotel as Mike, but the receptionist phoned another one and gave us directions. It took us forever to find it!! No signs and no one in the immediate vicinity knew where it was. We finally found a young girl about 13 who spoke good English and found it for us. It was in an apt building that looked rather shabby, but the room was very clean and very inexpensive. It is very near a huge beautiful park with a lake in it. The lake reminds us a little...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Castle Rozafa

And on the 7th blister he rested. Well, actually, he (being me) broke down and bought a pair of sandals. I'm too wicked to rest. The photos speak for themselves, so I won't go into excessive detail here, but check them out. If there's one reason to travel, I've always thought, it's to wander through history, retracing the steps of men and women who lived before and left their energy behind. Castles have ever been amongst the most redolent examples of history lived, in my experience, though I've only seen a few--four or five in Wales, a...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Albania

The melodic invitation of the muezzin rings out through the city as I sit in my spartan hotel room in the Shkodra city centre. Monday night, a hum from throngs of people mingling in the streets and the dozens of cafes ringed around the main square. I’ve finally made it to Albania. I have wanted to go her since I was twelve years old. Most of my friends, if they wanted to travel at all, thought of London or Paris or the USA. I wanted to see those places, too…but I was fascinated by the fact that you couldn’t get into Albania under the Enver...

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Apr 16, 2009 - Tirana-Shkoder

This morning we were up at the crack of dawn (or just before), collected our bags and had a brisk 20 min walk down to the area that that the mini buses to Shkoder leave. We had asked around and found this was the best way to leave Tirana. There are no international train lines and no buses that head north to Montenegro, which is of course where we wanted to go. The way it works is the minibuses all go to this corner, and wait for customers. When the bus is full they go. The distance to Shkoder ia about 100kms and the trip takes about...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Albania by the Numbers

Country Number: 10 Total Days: 4 Wow, three stops in 4 days. We were cruising. Total Daily Cost: $79.55 Average cost of Accommodation: $28.83 For $28.83/night we had: A double room with an attached bathroom when we stayed outside of Tirana. This included sheets, towels and hot water. In Tirana, we had a bunk bed (top and bottom bunk) in a dorm room with shared common bathrooms. Sheets, towels and hot water were included. In Our Opinion: Albania has the coolest flag in the world. Check it out: Average daily cost of food and drinks:...

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Aug 6, 2005 - Ulcinj, MONTENEGRO

We left Durres early and caught a bus going to Shkodra to try and get across into Montenegro. A girl sitting in front of us spoke good english and chatted all the way there. When we got to Shkodra Enise and her grandmother helped us find a taxi to Ulcinj, just across the border, for 30 euros as there were no buses. As we approached the border we could see a very long queue of cars on a narrow road and our taxi driver stopped in the queue and then walked up near the front where he persuaded a family to take us through for him. So in effect...

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Oct 18, 2004 - SHRODRA (albania)

The journey for the 3 of us from Kotor to Shkoder was certainly an interesting one. Again we had to catch a series of coaches and taxis just to get us thru the various border crossings and then on to our detination. The first coach could only take us to within 30 mins of the border and when faced with having to find a taxi in the middle of nowhere our coach driver offered to take us there in his personal mercedes. Very nice. On the journey there he, for no reason at all or so we thought, stopped and got out of the car. He then came back...

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