Thursday Doors at The Çobo Winery, Ura Vajgurore, Albania

On the way back to the port in Durrës we had the opportunity to stop at the Çobo Winery. Today, I would like to stress the DOORS that have been opened since the fall of 45 years of communism in Albania. It has taken another 20 years for Albanians to prosper from their private endeavors!…

The Hotel Mangalem, Berat, Albania

I promised to show you our Hotel in Berat, Albania. This is the Mangalem Hotel in the historic district, on the main street, so to speak. It is across the street from the Infopoint, where you can sign up for tours,  pick up your audioguides and buy your postcards, all in one stop. First, some…

A Feast in Berat, Albania

Albania is rising from the ruins. After shaking their communist yoke of forty years the country is in a state of growth and renewal. That was very evident in historic Berat, “City of a Thousand Windows.” To learn more about the history of Albania and Berat look at my two previous posts, HERE and HERE,…

Thursday Doors in Berat, Albania

If you have not read my post introducing you to Albania it is HERE. That will bring you up to date and make sense of what you will be seeing today.  We are headed from the bottom of the Hill in historic Berat to the fortress at the top. It would be quite a hike…

The Eye Opening Look of Albania

I knew Albania was going to be a special place when we got off the boat. There was a group of school children on the wharf singing! I looked around to see who they were singing to because we had not had this occasion at any other port. Then they reached out their hands and…