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Old April 15th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #941
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Testing the water in Albania Guardian UK by Killian Fox




Our first port of call had been Shkodr, the largest city in the north, overlooked by an impressive medieval castle built by Venetians and Ottomans, and crisscrossed by wide communist-era boulevards. When its population emerges in the evening to promenade and gather outside cafs, you could imagine you were somewhere in Italy – until you hear a muezzin's call from one of the city's many mosques, or fix your eye on a building that looks like it was transplanted from 1950s Moscow.

We planned to strike out the next morning for the Albanian Alps in the north-east. The best way to get there, if you want to avoid a long, precarious road journey, is by the Lake Koman ferry. But we had no idea how to get to the lake, couldn't find an information office, and even the guidebook was sketchy on the subject. Eventually a taxi driver with a few words of English called a friend and arranged for us to be picked up early the next morning. This was typical of our experience. Ask someone on the street and, even if they can't help, they'll find someone whose second cousin definitely can. If helpfulness and hospitality were a marketable resource, Albania would be rich.



It was 6.30am when George, a cheerful man with a thick moustache, ushered us into his minivan outside the Rozafa Hotel. At 6.32am, we drew up alongside a caf on the same street and George treated us to early-morning espressos accompanied by shots of Metaxa brandy. At 7.15am, we were finally good to go...

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Fantastic photos from Albania!
I really like this country!
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:26 PM   #943
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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:11 AM   #946
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Some aerial views outside of the capital, in Dajt.

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