This morning we went to Zvernec(i), which is a small uninhabited island 8km north of Vlora. Ilya and his family picked us up at 9:15am and we were off. We drove past Plazhi i Vjeter(the Old beach), through a forest of pines and firs, and arrived at the wooden walk bridge to Zverneci. We crossed the bridge to the Island to visit the 14th century monastery St. Mary’s, once home to a group of Orthodox monks.
Afterwards we took a 4×4 drive up to get some amazing panoramic views of the coastline and the island of Sazan. Then we had some lunch and drove back to Vlora. We did check out the Bazaar, or Market, real quickly to look for some things for the flat. Dan picked up some planters for the patio-he is thinking of tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and cucumber. The market was very large with everything you could possibly imagine. The market runs every day in the morning until 1:00 in the afternoon.
Good thing we set off early this morning and it is pouring rain here now. Tonight we are making another Albanian bean dish accompanied by some white wine that we purchased last weekend in Berat.