Albania
Shkodër

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  • Day3

    Søndag i Shkodrë

    July 2, 2017 in Albania

    Vores første stop i Albanien er Shkodër, den største by i nord, overset af et imponerende middelalderligt slot bygget af venetianere og krydset af brede kommunistiske æra-boulevards. Når dens befolkning dukker op om aftenen til promenade og samler udenfor caféer, kan du forestille dig, at du var et sted i Italien - indtil du hører et mueszzins opkald fra en af ​​byens mange moskeer eller sætter øje på en bygning, der ligner den blev transplanteret Fra 1950'erne Moskva

    Shkodra ikke kun en af de ældste byer i Albanien, men en af de ældste i Europa. Grundlagt af Illyrienerne i det 3. århundrede f.Kr. Dens unikke geografiske beliggenhed betød byen hurtigt blev en af en vigtig handelsby. De mange forskellig hersker har betydet at byen har holdt fast i en tradition for religiøs (og etnisk) tolerance, der stadig er synlig i centrum med moskeer, en katolsk kirke og den ortodokse katedral alt inden for et stenkast.

    Der er ikke en overvældende mængde at se i byen selv. Dens titel som "Kulturhuvudstaden i Albanien" kommer nok mere fra sin rige kulturhistorie fortid end hvad den har at tilbyde i form af seværdigheder. Det er en by, der er blevet ændret ret meget i udseende gennem århundrederne på grund af oversvømmelser, krige og vanvittige kommunistiske diktatorer. Den mest charmerende del af byen er de historiske gader omkring Sheshi Nënë Tereza (Mother Theresa Square) og gågaden Rruga Kol Idromeno, der med sine pastellfarvede gamle osmanniske købmandshuse og udendørs Restauranter og cafeer er et godt sted at stoppe for en pizza eller en is, der iøvrigt til fulde kan leve op til sin italienske nabo og til en brøkdel af prisen.

    Byens helt store attraktion er Rozafa-fæstningen, smukt placeret på en skrå bakke med udsigt over Lake Shkodër og Montenegros bjerge. Fortet har en historie, der strækker sig tilbage i hundreder af år til illyrienernes tid, og det blev senere genopbygget af venetianerne, derefter tyrkerne. Baggrunden er bizar, selv efter albanske standarder: Rozafa var navnet på en fattig ung kvinde, der blev muret ind i væggene for at appeere gudene, med insisterede på at der blev lavet et par huller i murværket, så hun kunne fortsætte med at amme hendes baby. I disse dage kommer albanske kvinder tilsyneladende for at smøre deres bryster med det mælkefulde vand, der et enkelt sted siges at komme ud af muren
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  • Day13

    Driving along the Adriatic Coast

    October 28, 2017 in Albania

    We enjoyed another lovely breakfast this morning with an incredible view of the ocean. :) spoiled! Today was mostly just a day of driving up the coast to then return the car in Shkodër (north of Albania) but as the scenery was so stunning, we stopped plenty times along the way. Gorgeous turquoise coast line, next to huge ragged mountains and passing people walking their goats amongst the crazy driving- only in Albania!

    We visited another lovely castle high up in the mountains of a town called Kruja. Very scary road to get there as it was so tiny and steep with two way traffic... but we made it! It was worth it though as the views were stunning and you could see for miles! And..it wouldn’t be a proper road trip without a huge traffic jam so we finished the day off waiting in traffic for about an hour (of what should have been a 5 min journey). Great fun. It was amusing watching all the Albanians try to overtake and undertake each other though- mad. And there was a guy selling a puppy and a baby rabbit at the side of the road! Can’t say I wasn’t tempted...

    We were happy to arrive safe in Shkodër and give the car back! We ventured out for some food but it didn’t look too promising at first. We then came across a little traditional looking place so thought we would give it a try. It was amazing! The waiter was so lovely and made us feel so at home. He gave us some great recommendations for what to eat and the best wine that €2 (for 0.5 litre!) could buy! Such a great find and a lovely way to finish off our trip in Albania!

    I can’t comment on meat dishes, but if you are heading to Albania and want to try some great local food- you need to try;

    Albanian breakfast pancakes
    Stuffed peppers
    Baked aubergines
    Traditional pie (a bit like a crêpe)
    Traditional beans

    It was all so good!! :) I would recommend this country to travel. (Although I think that I would have felt slightly intimidated if I was travelling alone- often you would struggle to find a girl anywhere in the evening, bit strange) However, the people were friendly and did not harass us even in the bigger cities. Driving culture is another story... but overall a must visit for the beautiful scenery!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Shkodër, Shkoder, Shkodra, Шкодра, Skadar, שקודר, Scutari, Škodra, Скадар, Szkodra, Шкодер, İşkodra

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