Tirana Off The Beaten Path

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    Dajti mountain - 20 min away from the capital

    by skinz Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Tirana from the Dajti mountain
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    Dajti mountin is just 20 min by car from Tirana city. As you can see from the picture you can have a fantastic view of Tirana from there. During the winter, from december to february it is all covererd with snow.. you may do hiking, walk up to the top of the mountain or visit some of the caves there.

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    Tiranë, botanical garden

    by JLBG Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Tiran��, botanical garden
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    I do not know if the botanical garden has suffered during the years that have followed the end of the Communist era. In 1988, it was a very large and valuable botanic garden, very well kept, a true jewel as can be seen on the first photo. Such a botanical garden requires a lot of manpower to be kept in good condition. The natural tendency of plants is not to stay in the square space that they have been allotted, under their label and the most powerful are all the time trying to invade the space where the weakest are trying to grow. If abandoned, it takes only a few years to be lost forever.

    The second photo shows a group of students from the University visiting the garden and working with their teacher.

    On the third photo, Agron, our Albanian guide, explains to the students, that are very likely to have never seen any foreigners, what we were doing here. After that, each of them began to talk a few words with us, in the language he/she new. Several spoke Italian, others Serbo-Croat, some English, others French, one knew German and when one asked us if we spoke Russian, I answered "niet, niet, ne Russki" they all shouted, laughed and clapped their hands, shouting "nuk rusishtja, nuk rusishtja!". The one who had spoken Russian laughed too and mockingly hide himself behind his hand, ashamed!

    On the last photo, a guy of our group has convinced one of the students to come with him and takes a photo for her with a Polaroid.

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    Tirana, around the botanical garden, 1988

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2006

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    Tirana, around the botanical garden
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    Close to the Botanical garden, it seems that the villa shown on the first photo was the headquarters of the park and botanical garden.

    The second photo shows what is most likely to be the technical annexes of the park and botanical garden, a nursery for the plants of the flower-beds.

    On the third photo, I have enlarged the strange agricultural engine they used. I had never seen the same anywhere else!

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    Tirana, pea-cock in the park 1988

    by JLBG Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Tirana, pea-cock in the park 1988

    There were several pea-cocks wandering in the park but they were rather shy and it took me some time to get close enough of one of them to get a decent photo of a male pea-cock. I suppose that in 1996, the pea-cocks have all been roasted and have helped a few families to survive.

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    Tirana, park with large flower-beds

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2006

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    Tirana, park with large flower-beds

    As our group was in Albania to view rare flowers and animals, our Albanian guide brought us to a large park with a Botanic Garden but I know neither the location nor the name of this park. The entrance was a classical green park with large flower-beds but the second part was the botanical garden (next tip).

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    The lake

    by DPando Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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

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    Market place

    by DPando Written Aug 15, 2006

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    Rruga Hoxka Tasim str

    Sheshi Avni Rustemi is the tiny and beautiful square where its located the market place, i walked from Sheshi Skenderbeg square by a wide avenue full of shops where you can find a lot of local souvenirs ...once you arrive to the market square its absolutelly nice stop for a while and behold how life pass by and locals do.. this aint the typical market like western europe lol its more improvised !! jajaja

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    Main avenues

    by DPando Written Aug 12, 2006

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    dusty and polluted are the best word to define how is have a stroll there... everything is a mess.. everybody makes whatever they want and theres no any charm on the streets or beauty places where shoot nice pics... the mostly places seem collapsed, the kerbs doesnt exist or almost doesnt exist zebra crossing scarcely respected

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    gipsy quarter

    by DPando Written Aug 15, 2006

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    that was the same street that runs where the local buses leave to othe cities into Albania... at the same time i was passing by i saw that it was the most typical gipsy quarter with its typical stuff and their typical live...and i fancied to make that pic, just like a curiosity

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    Whats that !!

    by DPando Written Aug 15, 2006

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    yeah i was attonished looking from the train station doors ...the sight was like a city collapsed after bombing. A spot in cahos.. piles of rubble on the street pot holes everywhere no tarmac, no kerbs.. a scary train station ....lol... Albania needs to improve so so much !!

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    Bye Tirana

    by DPando Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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

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    Durres

    by antistar Updated Oct 21, 2012

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    King Zog's Palace and Durres

    About an hour from Tirana by bus or train is the ancient city of Durres. It's worth the trip to see 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.

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    Tirana, pond in the park

    by JLBG Written Feb 20, 2006

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    Tirana, pond in the park
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    A little further in the park, a pond that seemed to be an artificial lake behind a small dam offers great landscapes with a small boat and trees reflecting on the still surface of the water. A path allowed to walk all around the pond.

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    Kruje - Day trip

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Kruje

    Kruje is a small mountain town 32 kilometres north-west of Tirana and it's a perfect destination for a day trip. "Kruj'" means "spring" and in the past it was famous for its fresh waters. it is also a medieval town rich in history, and the birthplace of the national hero: Gjergj Kastriot Scanderbeg, who fought against the Ottoman invasion. Kruja is therefore the symbol of the popular resistance and freefom.

    The citadel is quite impressive, although most of it is in ruins, and the Skenderbeg mausoleum that you can see there is informative and interesting. What I liked best, however, was the tiny ethnographic museum: a small jewel shading a light on how rich families used to live in the past. The original furniture is simply amazing. The bazaay before entering the citadel is full of great handicrafs to be bought.

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    Communist Slogans

    by maykal Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Communist slogan, Tirana
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    These slogans built into the brickwork may explain why some buildings have been painted over in such lurid colours, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you may come across a couple of slogans that have yet to be covered up. This example is on Bulevard Bajram Curri, a fair distance from the centre heading west, close to a slum area. PPSH are the communist party initials.

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