Do you ever dream about travelling somewhere and having one of those really authentic travel experiences? You know, the type of travel experience that almost seems impossible these days in our globally connected society? The feeling of being somewhere just incredibly different. A place where you feel like around every corner is a discovery. It’s gritty. It’s real. It’s Albania.
We travelled to Albania during the depth of winter. The weather was clear, but chilly. Unfortunately the skies were grey most days. Our photos hopefully capture the feel of a winter in Albania.
The ruins of the fortress of Shkoder in the north of Albania.
The view from the ruins of the fortress of Shkoder in the north of Albania.
A close up of roof tiles in the old house in the Berat Fortress. These tiles seem to be just set on top of each other. The amount of layers keep the houses watertight.
A church in Berat fortress overlooking the town.
A chicken wanders down a lonely cobbled street in Berat Fortress.
A cannon overlooking the town from Berat fortress.
This beautiful shot of a semi-sunken boat just outside of the ruins of Butrint is one of my favourite photos from Albania.
The ruins of Butrint cathedral.
The flooded theatre of Butrint.
The entrance to the Gjirokaster fortress.
The view of the mountains from Gjirokaster fortress can not be matched.
Driving the roads in Albania, was ummm, sometimes a challenge.
All sorts of vehicles share the road in Albania.
Restored buildings in Apollonia.
Some of the ruins that are still standing in Apollonia. This is a favourite place for Albanian couples to have their wedding photos taken.
These air raid shelters are a common sight in Albania. You will find them around almost every corner.