New source of Tirana Information
Check out the newest (as of August 08) guidebook to Tirana -- the first one ever published by Thomas Cook Publishing on Albania. It was written by Tim Clancy, an explorer, author and expert on the Balkans. He received some special on-the-ground behind-the-scenes assistance from a Tirana-based US Agency for International Development economic development project. The local team with that project provided Tim with some special tips on sites and attractions, so the results are really interesting for travelers. Definitely worth taking this book with you to Tirana.
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this pic was taken from the train station main entrace... i didnt know what it means such a pile of rubble just there... and i realize that all the city was that... cahos and a lot of things to do and recover ..such a pitty ..actually when i get off the next day to the north to Montenegro i kept in on seeing things like that around the wholle city
Tirana, state owned car, 1988
As I have written, in 1988, no private citizens could own a car. Thus motor vehicles were mainly busses and trucks. Cars were very few and I have read that in 1988, there were less than a thousand cars in the whole country. These cars were then state owned and were either for the rulers of the country or for state officers on duty, including the army. This one looks more like a military car.
About an hour from Tirana by bus or train is the ancient city of Durres. It's worth the trip to sea the Adriatic coast, the Roman amphitheater, and King Zog's palace. It's only about 50 cents for a return ticket on the train, and the train journey is an experience in itself.
This is one of my last sights from Tirana.. i guess that i wont come back .. nothing special live there and not much attractions push me to come there one more time... maybe the ionian coast at the southern end of the country would be worth to visit