Shkoder Off The Beaten Path

  • Detail of the Partisan Statue
    Detail of the Partisan Statue
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  • 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.

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    Looking for birds in Shkodër 1988

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Sunset near Shkod��r
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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)

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    Near Obliqë 2005

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Near Obliq��

    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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    The road from Shkodër to Albanian Alps (1988)

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    The road from Shkod��r to Albanian Alps (1988)
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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.

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    The Island of Shurdhah - A 13th century secret

    by MorVella Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    The Island of Shurdhah is situated deep in the valley of lake Vau Dejes. Traveling along coast offers picturesque and unique views where the lake water ties together with the coastal flora and fauna and craggy limestone cliffs. Navigation of the lake to the island of Shurdhah can begin from the Vau Dejes hydro-electric dam or from Rragam. When you start from Vau Dejes, you can see the hydro-electric power dam that some tourists might find interesting, due to its historical and contemporary significance. After that you can see the Castle of Deje, in which was placed the Chapel of Miss Deje, built by Skenderbeg after a win against the Venetian army, on the mountain of Saint Mark. Along the way you can see the village of Sheldise, which is famous for its tobacco, but also has a church on a hill. From Rragam, you can travel by water along a coastline full of greenery and clean fresh air. From here you can boat the calm waters to Lisna, a green and fertile penninsula. Travel from this direction continues for Shurdhah. From Shurdha you can travel North to the Cave of Doves.

    The city largely flourished in the 8 -13 centuries and was an important cultural and religious center. Within the city existed 365 alters that were devoted to different saints. In the year 431, The Bishop representative of Sardes together with 4 other main Balkan church representatives took part in the second council of Efestit.

    On Shurdha, excavations of four graves uncovered coins that were the same as those found in Kruje. They also found earring, rings, swords, and fibula (in the shape of a cross) ect.
    Before Sarda was situated next to the river Drin, as a strategic penninsula and as a interconnection between the roads Gjakove – Shkoder- Ulqin. Today, as a uninhabited city surrounded like a beautiful crown of cyrstal clear water Drin, it has been turned into an interesting island and an important tourism point. The lake water, mountains and hills around with their greenery over the years, create a beautiful, rare, landscape, giving this island large touristic value.
    http://www.qarkushkoder.org/dw/turist/shurdhahu.pdf

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    Dam on the Drin river in Vau i Dejës, 1988

    by JLBG Updated Mar 20, 2006

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    Dam on the Drin river in Vau i Dej��s, 1988

    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!

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    Bunkers on the road from Shkodër to Kosovo (1988)

    by JLBG Written Feb 26, 2006

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    Bunkers on the road from Shkod��r to Kosovo (1988)
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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.

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    Lake Vau Dejes - The Local Swimming Hole

    by MorVella Written Apr 6, 2012
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    While Lake Shkoder is more well known, due to its proximity to the city and lack of beaches it isn't the best place to cool off from the Albanian sun. Just South of Shkoder, is the lake of Vau Dejes, a much cleaner and enjoyable alternative.

    Because it isn't as well known the infrastructure isn't as developed as lake Shkoder but there are some nice bars and restaurants along the lake. The beaches and water and much cleaner, safer and all around more enjoyable than Lake Shkoder.

    If you follow Rrugga Skenderbeau away from Teatri Migjeni about two and a half block down on your right will be buses that can take you to Vau Dejes for about 100 lek.
    It is the perfect day trip to get away from the Shkoder hustle and bustle.
    Furthermore, it is along the way to Koman, so you can always stay the night and catch a bus to the ferry in the morning.

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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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