Qebaptores (Kebab Restaurants)!
Most foreign tourist and expatriates alike miss out on an important aspect of Kosovar cuisine when they visit -- the Qebaptores (Kebab Restaurants). Kebabs -- peices of fried meat, served with salad and turkish-style bread -- are a staple in the Kosovar diet. These restaurants are EVERYWHERE throughout Kosovo, but often go unvisited by foreigners because they often do not have menus and the staff often do not speak English. Nonetheless, a visit to Kosovo is not complete without a visit to one of these places for lunch.
As mentioned, there are hundreds of Qebaptores in Pristina alone. My favorite is Sarajeva Grill. This small restaurant serves the best kebabs I have had in Kosovo, but they also serve grilled chicken and liver. Order kebabs with a side of Gulash (kosovar soup) and a salad ... and enjoy. The staff is outgoing, making this restaurant quite welcoming to those who do not speak Albanian.
Sarajeva Grill is located just off UCK (KLA) Street in downtown Pristina, along the same side street as Thai Madame Massage on the left.
Kosovo is a great place to go off-roading in a 4-wheel drive. Mines around Pristina have pretty much all been cleared so there is relatively no danger (besides getting stuck in the mud!)
There are all sorts of fun little dirt roads near the airport and out towards Gracanica near the Swedish camp. It's difficult to get lost so just start driving and have fun! Just try not to get stuck and stick to the roads that the tractors use :)
Don't worry about getting your vehicle dirty either, a car wash is only 4 Euros for exterior and interior...but if it's really dirty, give them a tip!
Visit the Gracanica Monastery
Built in the 16th century, the Gracania monastery is the closest and best preserved Orthodox church to Pristina. The architect of the monastery is unknown but the monastery is believed to have been constructed on the ruins of a 13th which was supposedly built on top of a 6th century basilica.
The monastery now serves as the seat for the Bishop of Raska and Prizren and as home to some 24 nuns who converted the monastery to a convent following WW2.
Open most days to visitors, appropriate dress is greatly appreciated by the nuns who live in the monastery. If you wear shorts, tanks tops, etc, you may be asked to leave (at minimum you'll get disapproving looks and not be allowed inside the church.)
Hip but Hidden Jazz Clubs
Many travelers don't know that Pristina has several hip but hidden jazz clubs. Most of the clubs are exactly what a stereotypical jazz club is imagined to be...smoky, dimly lit and couches where patrons can lounge.
One club is located quite close the the UN Headquarters in an obsure parking lot near the Sports Stadium...you just have to wade past the mud and vehicles! The club is called Oda and part of the Pristina Jazz Festival (yes, there is actually a festival as well and I've included the link!) was held at the club this past winter.
There also is a jazz festival in Zvecan each year called the North City Jazz & Blues Festival.
It's not your imagination ...
Many of the buildings that have replaced those destroyed in 1999 have a creative flair. These two are along the main Pristina/ Skopje road. Be sure to click on the picture to see the imaginative detail!
Its really interesting behold the weapons and bullets and war ideology just few years ago from the facts
The second pic shows the "Great Albania" composed by Kosovo, Albania and some regions of Montenegro...such a dream !! lol
Interesting story about one trip taken when i lived in Kosovo. Story of that cave "Gadima" goes with its roots deep into the garden of one peasant. he was spading up his garden and suddenly lost his shovel, as it fell down somewhere. He started to dig with his hands and found that Cave. That happen somewhere in mid 1970th or 1980th.
The cave is 15 kilometers long and really old.
There are plenty of interesting things that u can see in that cave. Stalactites and stalagmites of absolutely amazing forms and combinations, as well as some strange stones.
One of them u can see on the pic below (2-nd). This stone's called "the lungs of smoker". people, it looks impressive, press to enlarge and remember: smoking kills! :)
there are two stones in this picture that are almost touching each other. they came a long-long was before coming so close, and got names "Romeo and Juliet". there is still something about 1 santimeter between these stalactit and stalagmit. if tourists will be careful with them in somesome few hundred years they finally will be together.:)
on another picture-there are starts on the cave's ceiling, that are growing upside-down.
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Life off the main drag ...
Just a small peek into a Pristina side street where you can see small houses and apartments plus a pile of split wood for the winter. This street is right after the bakery everyone recommends on the street leading to the Davidoff Restaurant.
Wash and go ...
This washing machine was on its way to who knows where. It was being pulled by a tractor. On the Skopje/Pristina road you will see just about every kind of conveyance and cargo.
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