Tirana’s Skanderbeg Square: a snapshot of Albania’s past

Before arriving in Tirana, I have to confess I knew very little about the city, other than that it was the capital of a former communist country that, until relatively recently, rarely, if ever, featured on a “must-see” list of places to visit.  But it’s increasingly appearing in travel blogs as a place to consider,...
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Vlore: An Albanian beach break

We drove into the Albanian coastal resort of Vlore in the middle of a fierce storm – the town was deserted, waves were whipping the seafront and everything was grey.  As the car wound its way out of the town to our hotel above Vlora Bay, I wondered if this was really the beautiful Albanian...
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