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When we arrived in the middle of a busy road work, with heavy engines working everywhere, we found this small restaurant (photo 1), built over a small stream (what we discovered later) but what we saw was a road sign that said “feshk” (fish). As it was in the middle of such a turmoil (photo 2), we would not have considered having dinner there but they had a fish preserve with running water from the gully and good size trouts (photo 3). We had to taste them!
Each of us ordered a trout and the manager of the restaurant went to collect them from the fish preserve (photo 4)
Photo 5, our living trouts are now on their way to the pan! Believe me, they were excellent. They could not have been fresher! That was so yummy that I forgot to take a picture of them!
Written Jun 25, 2009
Address: along the road...
When I asked for the bill in Moliana restaurant, the waitress wrote it on a piece of cardboard. As this was not our first day in Albania, I knew it should be in the 2000-3000 lek range and I handled her three 1000 lek bankenotes without taking care to the zeros and she gave me my change back.
Unique Suggestions: Later, I had a closer look at the bill and my first thought was that she unwillingly had added one more zero. I had a doubt and checked in my guidebooks. One of them said that 15-20 years before, there had been a reevaluation of the currency and one zero had been dropped. However, a siginificant number of people still use the old currency. I noticed that later on several occasions including in a shop where some prices were labelled in old lek, others in new lek.
This is not to foul foreigners and if you mistake, the people in front will correct. But, who knows, when there will be more tourists, some might be tempted not to say anything!
Written Jun 25, 2009
George Tenet, the former Director of CIA (from 1997 to 2004) was a Greek-American. While his father came from South Greece, his mother was born among the Greek minority in Qeparo.
He once said “My mother escaped from southern Albania on a British submarine just as the Iron Curtain was closing - never to see her family again”. I have not found the maiden name of his mother.
Written Jun 28, 2009