Tirana, eastward view from Hotel Tirana, 1988
These two views were taken from our room in Hotel Tirana. If I am right they should represent a park behind the Palace of culture and the street that stretches across the photo from left to right, should be Luigi Gurakuqi street.
Yes, or No?
This is a custom not only in Tirana but all over Albania. Foreign travelers might be a bit confused when a local will say YES, but will move his head horizontaly - like saying NO. Vice versa, the locals say NO, by gesturing it as YES (the head moves vertically).
Tirana has most things, though ...
I would suggest bringing your own razors, since the American razor brands can be extremely expensive and difficult to find. Also bring a good flashlight (torch) as Tirana is plagued with frequent and lengthy power outages.
onr of the best sightseeings in this polluted city... its just behind the archeologic museum in one end of Deshmoret boulevard ....its a peacefull place far away from traffic jams.. i couldnt believe that could exist a relaxed spot like that into such a city... no doubt it was the best discovery in that day
´Re Ebels´ is a tea and coffee house in central Tirana with an astonishing amount of beverages to sample. Choose from a menu entirely devoted to tea, lemon tea, Albanian mountain tea, Macedonian green tea, light spicy tea, the list goes on, and on. Or why not treat yourself to an array of delicious coffees. It was getting late when we sat down and immediately pointed to an expresso on the menu. Within minutes we were deciding what would be next. Feeling adventurous we each opted for something different, something unusual. We weren´t to be let down. I got a large cup of something that resembled custard. I forget what it was called. It tasted good anyway!
The waiter looked surprised as we called him over for the third time, astonished even. There were only about four items left on the coffee menu that remained unknown, and by God we planned on trying them! However as it turned out, the waiter refused to allow us to try one of the remaining coffees, it was too late he claimed, too much caffeine. pish.
Instead we had to settle for frappes. Intrigued to find out what this unknown coffee we were forbiden to try was, we promised ourselves to call around another day. We didn´t.
That night we stayed up for hours. It was 5 in the morning by the time we went to bed, near 6 when we fell asleep. Despite the sick feeling as result of a caffeine overdose, a fun night was had by all. Not to be forgotten. The Re Ebel expressos are a treat