• 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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  • 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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  • MY 5 FAVORITE CAMPSITES IN THE BALKANS

    Are you traveling the Balkans by camper van this summer? In that case you might need some tips about “special” campsites. We have accompanied two camper groups from the Netherlands through Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia last month and this seems to be a good reason to share our experience and give some recommendations. MONTENEGRO Ethno-village […]

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  • THE NEW KELMEND ROAD (SH20) IN ALBANIA

    A few days ago I read in the media that the new road from the Montenegrin/Albanian border (Božaj/Hani i Hotit) to Vermosh (Grnčar) through the Kelmend region was opened. No breaking news for Montenegrin media – the information was originally provided by Ul Info. They pointed at the fact that the 70 km long road (cost: […]

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  • 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT MISS IN SHKODRA

    I visited Shkodra for the first time in the nineties of the last century. At that time, after the death of dictator Enver Hoxha, it was a rather dirty, poor and neglected town with numerous dilapidated communist buildings. There were only a few cars around, but the streets were full of bicycles and horse or […]

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  • ALONG THE COAST OF SOUTH ALBANIA

    Traveling by car along the Albanian coast is an amazing experience. Many new tourist resorts are rising from the Adriatic Sea: in towns like Velipoja, Shengjin, Dürres and Vlora, hundreds of new apartment buildings and hotels are under construction. Infrastructure is developed in the form of palm-lined promenades, wide boulevards and sunny squares with pretty […]

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  • LEPUSHË: HIKING IN KELMEND

    The last Saturday of April was a perfect day for a hiking tour in the mountains. It was not easy to decide where to go, as there is still snow at altitudes above 1500 m. We had heard a lot about the hiking possibilities and wonderful nature in Lepushë, a village situated in the Kelmend […]

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  • CHRISTMAS IN SHKODRA

    There are many places where Catholics and Protestants can celebrate Christmas, but Podgorica is certainly not the most attractive one. Most inhabitants belong to the Orthodox church, which means that their Christmas is celebrated two weeks later, on January 7th. That is the reason why we have spent most Christmas holidays abroad so far. But […]