Albania has been a main battlefield during the first war between France and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Korcë has a French cemetery with the graves of 640 French soldiers who were killed in Albania during this war. Agron, our Albanian guide, stopped our bus in front of the cemetery and proposed a visit. None of our group was interested in such a visit as we were in Albania to visit Albania and not a piece of France. He looked very surprised and I guess he was even shocked.
On our way back to Korcë, we visited a boar farm. They had a few boars that they raised. The photo shows a huge female that had half a dozen of a few month old young boars. At this age, they look like kiddy toys with wide alternate strips of dark brown and pale brown.
While we drank at the spring, our Albanian guides had began to talk with the lumbermen who made big signs telling that we should come and have a raki with them. They were very welcoming. We stayed with them may be half an hour while they sang from time to time. They asked us, by mean of our guide, where we were coming from, what we were doing in Albania, if we enjoyed the country, etc… We had a great time but our schedule did not allow us to stay very long and we went further.
After we had walked for maybe one hour, we arrived in a clearing where we found five guys, lumbermen, is seemed, at rest. They were smoking, drinking raki and singing, accompanied by a guitar.
A fresh spring was flowing (second photo) and will all had a fresh gulp of water.
Though our group was only 10, besides our French courier, we had a very nice French speaking Albanian guide and a second guide, an Albanian engineer in forestry that did not speak French but who could show us what we were in Albania for, plants and animals. From Korcë, he brought us into the mountain following a dirt trail.
Obviously, our guide in second, the engineer in forestry, knew well the spot and he lead us to a place where we should see deers. We stayed quiet for less than ten minutes and we saw a first one, walking across the path. Then another one, and another one again. We saw, altogether a dozen of deers but they always stayed at some distance and you will have to enlarge the photos to see them.
Dardhe, Korce, 1233, Albania
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