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Sailing our Way

Over the past few years we see a lot more activity along our shores. Our ports are getting busier. More and more people are headed to our beaches either for holiday or even for one day. With over 3 ferries operating daily from Corfu island it is a great way for those that have frequented Corfu for years to add another stamp to their passport. For 20 euros you can hop on the ferry and be in Saranda in 30mins. If you are sailing your private yacht stopping along the way from Croatia or Montenegro  – Durres, Vlore or Saranda ports are a great way to break up the trip. How exciting to go back home and say you visited Albania this year! I can almost guarantee it will make for an interesting conversation piece amongst your friends.  We are seeing many families entering the country via Corfu and travelling North.With nearby countries such as Kosova, Macedonia and Montenegro travelling cross border is easy. Great for those that want to travel to more than one destination and visit the Western Balkans altogether. There are rental cars, drivers, mini buses and lots of resources. As I have said for so many years…..there is EVERYTHING in Albania you just have to know who to... read more
Gjiri i Lalzit – Clean Up #2

Gjiri i Lalzit – Clean Up #2

 Реечные потолки. Монтаж своими руками Efforts continue to clean up the beaches along the coast weekly. Instead of mobilizing a WHOLE NEW group it only  makes sense to “tag along’ with the efforts of the National Coastline Agency when possible. Gjiri Lalzit is about a 60 min drive north of Tirana…a gem of a beach…like most things in Albania, the great pleasures and beauty are sprinkled throughout the Albania countryside…its just a matter of finding them. Stretches of sandy beach awaited us and the 80 or students that came to “pick up trash”. Trash that either got swept up from the waters, trash that was left behind, trash that the local Komuna did not pick up. Tourism season is here…local responsibility of cleaning up still lacks in most places along the coast.   Just down the road some 25 mins we found ourselves adding to the efforts of Cape Rodonit. The beach was a mess. Fisherman all winter long left behind their nets, weathered ropes, plastic tops, clothing, bottles..lots of plastic bottles.   After a few hours, over 50 bags of trash and many helping hands the area looked cleaner.                     In my opinion,  there still needs some more cleanup to do…but much better. I am greatly motivated by the video of HOW TO CLEAN THE  WORLD’s BEACHES IN TWO MINUTES  by Martin Dorey  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28373761 My dream – Albanian’s all did the same in their own country.... read more
Sazan Island

Sazan Island

Initial start in getting Sazan Island one day open to the public. Thank you Albanian National Coastline Agency for making this happen! Your vision is becoming a reality.reteks              ... read more
Spille Beach #1

Spille Beach #1

Saturday Mornings may not be the same(at least for the next 10 weeks)  ….as we pack up the family and head south west of Tirana headed towards Kavaja our day begins. One and half hour drive and we find ourselves in front of an un-spoiled beach in the country – Spille. Joining forces with the Albanian National Coastline and the Volunteer Corps we begin to clean up one of the 10 beaches targeting this season for cleanup.  Three buses of volunteers, energetic kids, some friends and off we go.Монтаж листов металлочерепицы Spille Beach in nestled along the coastline in the outskirts of Kavaja. During the Communism era this remote place was a an exiled camp. where Enver Hoxha sent many “divergents”. You can only imagine how remote and distant one may feel surrounded by Toscana Valley’s on one side and the sea and sandy beach on the other. Aside from a few scattered communist buildings and bunkers along the way…this is a little paradise.   The valley’s are rolling,  lush green farms are popping up throughout the landscape, and cows and chickens roam free.  One can’t wish  if only the locals can STOP building some of the most unpleasant homes with NO architectual appeal whatsoever…in fact 90% of the homes built in the country can be classified as eye sores. Yes, this may sound like a cry for help, but sadly its true.  If homes can blend into the landscape, use natural materials and become energy efficient…this region can be heaven on earth.   The beach itself stretches for about 4 miles long.  Yellow soft sand makes it a perfect place for... read more
Tourism in Albania for 2015…are there really any changes

Tourism in Albania for 2015…are there really any changes

I know there are a lot of Travel bloggers out there. Some are really really good…so good that they find a way to travel the
world, stay at nice places, taste great food, drink wine  all for pretty much FREE!  They lead “hosts” to believe (and
sometimes its true)  that there followers will follow.

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