Tag Archives: Tirana

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Bus To Tirana

After re-enacting the Titania breakfast with a view (and securing some takeaway cake for later), we arrived at the bus station at 9 in readiness for the 9.30 departure. Despite Mr Cool’s (the laid back bus ticket seller) assertions the previous day, we were lucky to secure the last two tickets. Unluckily they were for […]

Kotor – Not A Secret Anymore

Medieval Majesty in Former Yugoslavia The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains – an absolute joy; when I went in 2011 it was not that well known, which has all changed with it now firmly on the cruise ship itineries. Like it’s near neighbour Dubrovnik, it […]

My European Capital Rankings – 30 to 26

Continuing my personal countdown of my favourite European capitals…….. 30 Tirana Albania’s capital should maybe ranked higher by me purely because it is in Albania. However, objectively speaking there is not a great deal to do there. Skanderbeg Square, dedicated to their national warrior hero, is the interesting hub and home to an excellent museum […]

A-Z April Challenge – Tirana

In 2006 Hamish & I travelled to an Albania just opening its doors to the outside world. We soon found ourselves at Skanderbeg Square, the main hub of the city…… To be honest, the square was pretty much it for Tirana sightseeing. Once we had toured the mosque, there was not a lot else to […]

On The Beaten Track – Introduction To Chapter Six ‘No Beards.’

To set the scene, my book chronicles my travels around Eastern Europe with my regular travel buddy called Hamish. This chapter sees us in a mysterious land……… Albania had always been a mystical place to us, Europe’s outcast being neither east nor west. During our teenage years we used to try and get information about […]