The island of Zvernec(i)

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.

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About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog (though a few months late) is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to.
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2 Responses to The island of Zvernec(i)

  1. Paul says:

    Hey Bec and Dan! Is there any possible way I can possibly use your picture of the monastery on Zvernec island with your permission for a video I’m doing on Geography? I’m doing Albania right now I that picture is JUST the one I need! I can totally put you in the credits and even promote your blog or anything else you want on the video! Let me know! Look forward to hearing from you!

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