Friday, August 29, 2014

Albania Durres and Tirana

Hi! I know it's been a while, but I have a good excuse. For the past three weeks I have been busy being a mom for our new Persian cat, Yuki. Taking care of a 3 month old kitten turned out to be quite a challenge even for for me. Although I knew a thing or two when it came to cats thanks to my gorgeous Tenshi, who's now 10 years old, I still lacked confidence that I would make a good mom to Yuki. As expected, I am quite the over-dramatic type and my little Yuki has been to 4 veterinarians that have assured me that he is healthy and perfectly fine. You see he had a breathing problem that made me very nervous and couldn't find peace of mind until we ran all the test possible to determine if it's something wrong with him or not.
All is good and now I can go back to my normal routine. I have a few more posts prepared from my most recent vacation and today I will take you to the capital of Albania, Tirana, and to the previous capital of Albania, Durres.
Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Durres is a quiet ancient city with many historic attractions, museums and theaters. Here you can also find the largest beach in Albania that is a very popular summer attraction for tourists. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to sunbathe, but I did have time to visit the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans.
In Tirana we visited the Skanderbeg square named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg, Et'hem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower both built by Haxhi Et'hem Bey.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Croatia Dubrovnik Part 2

Here it is! The second post from Dubrovnik. To see the first post, click here!
We spent most our time in Dubrovnik walking down the Sradun also known locally as Placa, the main street in Dubrovnik's Old Town. I would have loved to dive into the wonderful and blue waters of the Adriatic sea, relax on the light sand, but the weather wasn't in our favor during our stay in Croatia. I can't complain though. After all, I have been to the place that George Bernard Shaw considered to be "paradise on Earth".


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ulcinj Montenegro

Last post I showed you a city in Montenegro that is famous for its nightlife, Budva, and now it's time to embark on a journey to  the wonderful Ulcinj. 
Ulcinj is the opposite to Budva. It's a very quite, small, laid back city with beautiful beaches and impressive scenery. For my fiance and I this was the perfect place to spend our vacation. When it comes to planning our vacation, I am not picky at all. All I want is a place where I can relax, take long walks down the beach, eat good food and bathe in the sea. 
The downside of vacationing in Ulcinj is the main beach that can be quite dirty sometimes and overcrowded, but the good news is that less than a 15 minute drive away, you will find Velika Plaza a beach that is 12km long and has sand as fine as flour.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Budva Montenegro

Hi. These are pictures from Budva, the "tourist capital of Montenegro". As a tourist, you will be instantly attracted to this wonderful city. Its sandy beaches, natural beauty and historic monuments will not leave you indifferent. And, from what I heard, has a spectacular nightlife that burns like fire work. Anyway, I could care less about clubs and pubs. People my age go to bed by 11pm. What really got me fired up though was the Old Town that lies on a small peninsula and offers a splendid view to the Adriatic sea. You can stroll down the narrow streets and view important landmarks and architectural gems such as Church Sv. Trojica, the tomb of the writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bay of Kotor Montenegro

Hi. I know you were expecting the second post about Dubrovnik today, but I thought I will make a detour.
This is actually what I recommend to anyone who wants to visit Dubrovnik, to make a detour and visit the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It's heaven on Earth and it's only an hour's drive south of Dubrovnik. The whole ride around the bay is very picturesque and I spent much of the time with my jaw dropped at this majestic landscape.

The bay is known as Europe's southernmost fjord, but it's in fact a submerged river canyon. The dramatic backdrop of mountains and the crystal clear, and calm, waters of the bay, the cultural heritage, made UNESCO list the Bay of Kotor as one of their protected World Heritage sites. 

Also, to get a sense of how much this place impresses tourists, here is what the romantic poet, Lord Byron said of Montenegro, 'At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro. When the pearls of nature were sown, handfuls of them were cast on this soil.'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Croatia Dubrovnik Part 1

Hi! I am back from my vacation and as always it took me some time to get back in the old routine. It's even harder when you've seen spectacular landscapes and now you look out the window and all you see are grey, dull buildings. Anyway, I feel blessed I had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful parts of Europe during my trip. I will first show you pictures from one of the main tourist attraction in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is also know as "the pearl of Adriatic" and it's surrounded by City Walls which are 2 km long. What I loved most about this city was the ancient architecture. The Old Town is filled with beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches. Of course, the azure water of Croatia's Adriatic sea is also breathtaking and mesmerizing.  

I will be back with some more pictures and stories about Dubrovnik this week. Stay tuned. 


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