Northern Albania

We made a last minute decision to go on a road trip to northern Albania this weekend.  We got in the truck around noon on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 and drove to the city of Shkodra.  The city is located near the Montenegro border on the shore of Lake Shkodra, the largest lake in the Balkans.  After driving around the city, we found a hotel downtown.  We went for a nice walk around the city centre and had dinner.  Then we went to the cinema, our first time in Albania.  The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel before heading out to explore the surrounding area.  First stop was Rozafa Castle, which offered some great views.  We then went to an Ottoman arch bridge built 150 years ago.  After that, we drove out along the lake to a small fishing village and tried the local specialty from the lake, carp.  A funny side note is that it’s called “krap” here.  We started our drive back, but went the long way around and really got to see some of the off beaten track in Albania.

Dan entering Rozafa Castle, Shkodra

View from the castle

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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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