Favorite thing: As you pass Lake Butrinti by road, or cross it by boat, you'll probably see some rather strange structures in the lake. These are mussel beds, where the molluscs are farmed. They are quite often used as perches by cormorants.
Favorite thing: Other things to keep your eye out for are tortoises! When I was working within the castle at Butrint we found a tiny baby tortoise, just big enough to fit in the palm of my hand - sadly I didn't get a photo of him, but this picture shows the same type of tortoise (subspecies Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri). We also found a dead adult tortoise by the lakeside at Diaporit; it had a hole in its shell, and reminded me of the tales that Golden Eagles pick up tortoises in their talons and drop them on rocks to break their shells so that they can be eaten.
Keep an eye out when you're walking around the ruins of Butrint: watch the water that fills the amphitheatre and several other buildings and you may catch a glimpse of the turtles that inhabit it!
Just before I took this photo, there had been several sitting in a row along the ledge, catching the sun, but just as I pressed the button, all but one plopped into the water again. Dammit!
Favorite thing: Barbarian incursions and Norman raids in the eleventh century, catastrophic earthquake in 1153, conquest by the Venetians in 1386, the subterranean infiltration of water and the subsequent epidemics completed the ruin of the city and forced the inhabitants to flee. Butrinti was buried in silence and oblivion. Throughout the occupation by the Ottoman Empire, from the 15th to the 20th centuries, the city remained in deep slumber. The waters covered Butrinti in mud, and abundant vegetation completely hid the remains from view.