Shkoder Off The Beaten Path

  • Detail of the Partisan Statue
    Detail of the Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK
  • Partisan Statue
    Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK
  • Detail of the Partisan Statue
    Detail of the Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK

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    Partisan Statue

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 2, 2010

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    The Partisan Statue commemorates the men who liberated Albania from the fascist occupation during WWII on the 29th of November 1944.

    From its architectural style, the statue is probably a relict from the communist era.

    Directions:
    The Partisan Statue stands in the north eastern corner of the park which surrounds the Ebu Bekr Mosque (Al-Zamil Mosque). You have to enter the Mosque grounds to see the statue.

    Partisan Statue Detail of the Partisan Statue Detail of the Partisan Statue
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    Dam on the Drin river in Vau i Dejës, 1988

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Along the small road tht leads to a dam on the Drin river, possibly in Vau i Dejës, a poster looks like a warning of danger but it is not really! It says :
    Do tu qendrojme kurdohere besnike vepres dhe mesimeve te shokut Enver Hoxha.
    "The Central Committee will always remain faithful to the work of Comrade Enver Hoxha". The translation might not be perfectly correct but I feel that I have got the general meaning!

    Dam on the Drin river in Vau i Dej��s, 1988
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    The road from Shkodër to Albanian Alps (1988)

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    The road from Shkodër in the direction of the Albanian Alps and Kosovo is very winding, in a mountainous landscape. In 1988, we drove for a while on this road. There were plenty of bushes of wild Judea trees in full bloom with their beautiful pink flowers and superb landscapes.

    I have read that the district along this road, at least in its upper parts, closest from the border with Kosovo was the only part of Albania that was not completely safe in 2006.

    The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988) The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988) The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988) The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988) The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988)
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    Near Obliqë 2005

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    This is the countryside in 2005 near Obliqë, 6 km west to Shkodër. The land around the Buna river is more or less marshy and unsuitable for cultivation, with spots where only reeds can grow. It is used as a poor pasture for cattle. Villages stand on low hills.

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    Looking for birds in Shkodër 1988

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    As I have explained in my Albania page, I visited Albania in 1988 with a group interested in bird watching and rare plants. In northern Albania, it meant mainly aquatic birds living in the wetland around Shkodër lake. That was the occasion to watch a superb sun set on the swamps (first photo) or even only the very photogenic wetlands (second photo).

    However (third photo) we finally succeeded in viewing the rare pigmy cormorant (Phalocrocorax pygmaeus)

    Sunset near Shkod��r Swamps near Shkod��r Pygmy cormorant near Shkod��r
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    Bunkers on the road from Shkodër to Kosovo (1988)

    by JLBG Written Feb 26, 2006

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    Not surprisingly for a road leading to a border, there were plenty of these small bunkers that were built in the early 50s when Enver Hoxha felt that the country might be attacked and invade by its neighbors and/or by the USA. They were even more elaborate, larger and surrounded by trenches drawn in zigzag.

    Bunkers on the road from Shkod��r to Kosovo (1988) Bunkers on the road from Shkod��r to Kosovo (1988)
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    A daring move

    by caribou_ire Written Oct 22, 2004

    as far as i could tell, shkoder is much like a beaten path. I would consider walking into Shkoder town center- going off the beaten path. If you ever get to ´visit´ there, you´ll understand. At night I wouldn´t be too eager to potter around alone.

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    This is a photo from above of...

    by armando2001 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    This is a photo from above of the Old Market while the photo at the end of this page shows one of its entrances.

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