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Category Archive: Europe

Jun 02 2014

Discovering Tirana in 21 Hours!

Yes, I did it again.  Just like my experience in Belgrade, I had only 21 hours to explore a capital city; this time, it was Tirana.  I don’t like to make a habit of doing this, but sometimes you just have to go with what you have.  I just had 21 hours.   The reason …

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May 30 2014

What a Cork-er of an Idea in Portugal!

When you think of cork, what springs to mind?  For me, it was wine bottles and tiles.  However, a recent trip to Portugal has changed that.  If I told you this bag was made of cork, would you believe me?  I’m not sure I would have, but it is.  That’s the great thing about travelling, you …

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May 23 2014

Green Plums: Perfect for Travelling

While I was staying with a family in Albania recently, I was given a handful of fruit on my second night.  I had no idea what they were, but I tried one.  I thought it might have been unripe, but was told otherwise.  In fact, I found out that it was a type of plum, …

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May 16 2014

Bunkers Galore in Albania

Before I arrived in Albania, I had read about the ‘bunkers. so I expected to see a few dotted around.  As I didn’t see any when I first arrived, I forgot about the whole bunker thing.  That was until I read about it while staying at a guesthouse in Shkoder.  I mentioned, to a member of the family I …

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May 09 2014

Rozafa Castle in Shkodër, Albania

In the distance, on my bus ride from Ulcinj to Shkodër, I spotted a hill with what looked like a castle on it.  As we got closer, I had a better view of it and tried to take a photo, but that’s never easy on a moving bus.  I knew I would have to go back and investigate one of the days. …

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May 05 2014

Discovering North Wales: Things to See and Do

Until March this year, I had only been to North Wales to hop on a ferry over to Ireland to visit my grandparents as a child.  This time, however, I was there on behalf of Traveldudes for a trip organised by Visit Britain and Visit Wales.  This turned out to be a great way to discover what North Wales has …

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