This building fascinated me. I wondered if they really were studying UFOlogy in there. You can find it on Zogu Blvd. just north of Skenderbeg square. On May Day there was a huge gathering outside, along with Albanian flags and people with loudspeakers. I liked to imagine that they were out to declare Albania's allegiance and welcome the new alien overlords.
Locals at the mosque
At any time at Et'hem Bey Mosque, one may find an Albanian reading the Koran, or Muslims praying in the mosque, or visitors immortalising their trip by taking photographs, or enthusiasts of art history wishing to satisfy their curiosity.
Please have a close look at the decoration of Et'hem Bey Mosque.
Tirana, 1988 forbidden photos of women in uniform
In front of Tirana hotel, one guy from our little group could not resist to go and ask to a group of three women in uniform some silly question, just to see how they reacted (first photo). I do not remember what was the question but I know that they did answer very kindly. Our Albanian guide had told us that we should photography neither military facilities nor militaries themselves. But I wanted to have a photo of militaries, so I shot them and did not get in trouble.
Then I did it again from closer (second photo) and the girls did not care…
Tyrbe of Kapllan Pasha
This place is not really off the beaten path, but can be seen from the same corner as the Statues of the Unknown Partisan and Pasha Sullejman. A tyrbe is a burial monument built to commemorate the death of a bektashi holy person. Though my research into this suggests that Kapllan Pasha is no longer buried here. It is an interesting structure, consisting of some pillared archways and can be easy to miss since it is fairly unobtrusive. Unfortunately my picture of this did not come out. Just head east on Luigj Gurakuqi from Skanderbeg Square towards the Unknown Partisan.
I can only give you an answer for Ulcin-Shkodra et Shkodra-Tirana.
There are minibuses 2 times an day at least from Ulcin-Shkodra around 5-6 euros.
And for Shkodra-Tirana there are an lot minibuses and an few buses daily.
The minibus is around 4 euros and the bus an bit cheaper.
The minibuses are at the entrance of Shkodra and the buses are near the Theater.
Have an nice travel!