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I have described in my hotel tip how to arrive to “Hotel, bar, restaurant, piceri Belvedere”. Once in the restaurant, we arrived in a large room rather noisy that seemed to be a place for quick snacks. A waiter showed us that we should take the staircase on the left and go to an upper room that was a kind of wide balcony overhanging the noisy room. On top of the staircase, a stuffed bear was waiting after us. When our little dog (6 kilos) saw the bear, he ferociously barked at him. When the customers in the lowest room heard that, they all laughed and clapped at the proud little dog! Unfortunately, as that was unexpected, it was too late for a photo. We took the two photos a little later, when we was calmed and tried to know better this amazing beast he did not know!
Written Oct 15, 2007
The Dollma teqe, a Bektashi temple built in 1789. The Bektashi were a Muslim branch founded in Anatolia in the 13th century by Haxhi Bektash Veli. Their wiew of religion was somewhat different than other branches of Islam. First of all they did not choose as cult places mosques but simpler houses - they also did not ask women to be veiled and did not require men to abstain from alcohol.
After Bektashism was banned in Turkey in 1925, its members transferred to Albania, only to be banned again under the Ditator Hoxha. Their practise is now legal again in Albania. You can find this small cult building outside the castle walls. Above the mausoleum there's a tiny road that seems to head down to the village. Take it and go around the bend to find this little construction.
Written Jul 21, 2006