• Balkans
  • 5 WEEKEND TRIPS TO NORTH ALBANIA

    Lepushe Kelmend

    Although Montenegro is a wonderful country, many expats and inhabitants of Podgorica have been asking me how and where to spend a nice weekend in North Albania. No wonder, the distance to the Božaj/Hani i Hotit border is 20 km only. Although the border crossing is still under reconstruction at the moment, new control points […]

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  • PELOPONNESE: EXPLORING MANI

    Vathia Peloponnese

    When I read some information about Mani, the southernmost part of the Peloponnese, I was struck by similarities in history, landscape and culture between Mesa Mani (also called Inner or Deep Mani) and Montenegro/North Albania, although there is a distance of 1000 km between these two regions. A good reason to make a trip around […]

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  • ALBANIA BY CAMPER

    Apart from Montenegro, there is another country in the Balkans that is very interesting and attractive for adventurous camper tourists: Albania. During the last decade, many good camping sites have been opened in all parts of Albania. Parking lots or camper sites in front of hotels, restaurants or gas stations are another possibility. But maybe […]

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  • DECEMBER IN TIRANA

    If you decide to spend a weekend in Tirana these days, you will experience a lot of surprises. We wanted to escape Podgorica – where “our” (catholic) Christmas is not celebrated at all – and we thought it a good idea to visit Tirana. The last time we were in Tirana was 4 years ago […]

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  • THE CURSE OF LOKRUM

    As we are spending our summer holidays in Slano, it was quite easy for us to make a day trip to Lokrum, also called the „Island of Peacocks“, only a 10 minutes boat ride away from Dubrovnik. Paul and I had both visited the island several decades ago and we were really curious what we […]

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  • IMPRESSIONS OF HVAR

    As I heard that June should be a perfect month to visit Hvar, we traveled to Croatia last week with the intention to spend a few days on this beautiful island. What does Hvar offer to its visitors, apart from an extremely mild and sunny climate? According to brochures and websites, we could expect untouched nature, […]