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Balkans Adventure – The Grand Amphitheatre of Durrës – Part 12

Balkans Adventure – The Grand Amphitheatre of Durrës – Part 12

One of the oldest and most fascinating sights on earth is situated behind a car park on a busy pot holed infested street in Durres, I am, of course, talking about the what should be much more famous, Amphitheatre of Durrës. My arrival in Durres was anything but glamorous, with the minibus breaking to a halt on the side of a busy road and the driver getting up and barking at everybody to get the hell off. Which we all…

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Balkans Adventure – From Tirana to Durres – Part 11

Balkans Adventure – From Tirana to Durres – Part 11

With a day to spare in Tirana, and the temperatures steadily climbing into the high 30s, I decided a day at the beach was needed, so packed my budgie smugglers and headed down towards the resort town of Durres. This though would prove to be much more of a challenge than I had first assumed, the train service no longer seemed to exist, or if it did, departed from some godforsaken town nowhere near the city. After doing a bit…

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Balkans Adventure – Surprised in Tirana – Part 10

Balkans Adventure – Surprised in Tirana – Part 10

It seems Albania & Kosovo have rather close ties, this came clear to me as we were waved through the border post with not a glance at anyone’s passport, soon enough we were thundering down the brand-new highway, heading towards the capital city of Tirana. I feel like I’ve talked about buses and scenery way too much in the last nine parts, though this is mainly because I spent half my time in the Balkans sat on buses staring out…

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Balkans Adventure – Spontaneous Trip to Prizren – Part 9

Balkans Adventure – Spontaneous Trip to Prizren – Part 9

Spontaneity is one of the joys of travel, with no work commitments or bosses to tell you what to do, you can just get up and make a decision, that is how I ended up on a Soviet-era bus, heading for the picturesque town of Prizren. Like all of the best spontaneous decisions, it started with the weather forecast, an idea and most importantly a chocolate croissant. I had booked 3-days in Pristina which in hindsight did seem a bit…

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Balkans Adventure – In Defense of Pristina (Prishtina) – Part 8

Balkans Adventure – In Defense of Pristina (Prishtina) – Part 8

What makes a city ugly, is it the architecture, the people, an undercurrent of crime or just the general feel of the place, with two days in one of the ugliest capitals in Europe, I set to find out why Prishtina (Pristina) has such a reputation. Let’s start off with the first and most immediate reaction, the architecture, this, to be honest, is one of the first things we see about a city when we first arrive. Some cities immediately…

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