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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in AFaS, Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Croatia, Europe, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Photo Diary, Photos, Slovenia

Balkan Photo Summary – 30 Days

Balkans Route

Going through the Balkans was incredible. Ok – I snuck some European Union in here to – adding Italy and Slovenia to start and ending with a bang in Greece. The region is vibrant – its history, its food, its views! It was a region I’d been dying to visit for a long time, and my 30-day jaunt didn’t do it justice. But fulfilled all 50 reasons I wanted to explore the Region and gave me 1000 reasons to return.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Albania, Europe

Bunkers and Mercedes Benz

I love when you visit a country and you suddenly learn the most random facts. Then you stay a few days and you experience a few more quirky facts. And after 4 days in Albania, the oddities of the country remain and bring a smile to my lips with each reflection. So these are the Bunkers and Mercedes Benz of Albania. Among other things.

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Albania, Europe

A Place to Shut Off Your Brain

Albania - Berat Castle - Church

One thing I liked about Balkan Road Trip was the convenience of getting from A to B and having stops along the way. Hassle-free for me. But there is one major problem; and that arises when getting from point A to point B is a 3 day period, there are 6 destinations to see, and 3 countries to get through. That is a lot of everything all crammed in tight. So here is my rushed through tour of a castle of a hill: otherwise known as Berat Castle.

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Albania, Europe, Explore, Travel Info

Not JUST Another Ancient Ruin: Butrint, Albania

Albania - Butrint Ruins- church arches

Some people don’t like ruins. Some people think you can see too many ruins and it becomes monotonous. Ruin, after ruin, after ruin… But for me, it is more like RUIN AFTER RUIN AFTER RUIN *drools*. I really can’t describe how much I love ruins. Walking their ancient paths and being mesmerized by the architecture that has lasted through centuries. So when I visited Butrint in Albania, it was not JUST another ancient ruin.

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Albania, Europe

A City at Sunrise

Berat Albania - A fairy-tale city at Sunrise- Peaking through the Trees

Some cities are made to be adored. They have the perfect setting; amidst mountains, deep in the valley, with a river arching through it. They have little white houses, and rock laden alleyways between them. The two sides of the city appear as a mirror swooping up and onto the mountains on each side; The houses, with their thatched roofs, gazing at the opposite banks which shows the reflection of itself. Berat is one of them. And this is how I explored a City at Sunrise.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Albania, Europe

Lunches on the Albanian Coast

Albania - Adriatic Sea - Beach for Lunch

My Balkans Road Trip was a 3 day tour. And for 3 days I ate lunch on the Albanian coast. Albania is sometimes a forgotten country, forgotten by the general public, not by avid travellers, but the general public haven’t infiltrated this beautiful country. This beautiful country has its coast on the same beautiful Adriatic Sea that Croatia does, a country renowned for its beaches. But Albania is pristine – Albania is free of the ambush – for now. The beautiful Albanian coast was my backdrop for 3 seafood lunches.

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Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Albania, Europe

A Big Block Box Communist City

Albania is titled the last unspoilt country on the Adriatic. With its history of communism – the country remained closed to tourists until much later then its bordering countries, thus bringing development much later. I was excited to explore a country described as beachy, beautiful, and a place to party. If I wanted that idea to develop into reality, I should not of had Tirana as my introduction to the country. Tirana is a big block box communist city. 

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Albania, Canada, Europe, North America

A Night of Celebration, Confusion, and Canadianism

My Balkan Road trip was well underway. I loved the 14 other people on the bus with me and our driver and tour guide. The sights were incredible and the hard work our guide guaranteed us lunch breaks on the beach to break up the sweltering heat we encountered with each tramp through a new historic sight. But on out last night it was a cause to celebrate; it was the 18th wedding anniversary of a British/Australian couple on the trip PLUS the 24th birthday of an Australian boy. And celebrate we did – far beyond the cake and wine at dinner and on to the drinking in a bar scene which lead to my confusion and disbelief.

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