Albania – The Accursed Mountains and Tirana

After Montenegro came Albania, the final stop on this Balkan tour. From the welcoming city of Shkodra we travelled north into “The Accursed Mountains”. These mountains which are part of The Dinaric Alps and their fantastic name comes from an ancient fairy tale; Two brothers went hunting and found a beautiful fairy. Asked which one she preferred, she answered: one for his bravery, the other for his good looks. The brave brother killed the handsome one and took the fairy home to their mother, who was so angry she cursed the fairy and the mountains forever.

We completed the trip with 2 nights in Tirana, although communism hasn’t left much beauty to photograph, it is still a pleasant place to stay, although maybe not somewhere worth going out of your way to visit.

Exterior of Catholic Cathedral with rainbow, Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Facade of old building, Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Exterior of Xhamia e Madhe Mosque, Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Street scene with Exterior of Xhamia e Madhe Mosque in background, Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Street scene with Exterior of Xhamia e Madhe Mosque in background, Old Town, Shkodra, Albania

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

Rainbow over The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Rainbow over The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Portrait of Djoko, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Portrait of Djoko, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Exterior of Theth Village Church with The Accursed Mountains in background, Theth, Albania

Exterior of Theth Village Church with The Accursed Mountains in background, Theth, Albania

Portrait of Schkure Gummnorte, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Portrait of Schkure Gummnorte, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

River at dawn, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

River at dawn, The Accursed Mountains, Theth, Albania

Exterior of Theth Village Church with The Accursed Mountains in background, Theth, Albania

Exterior of Theth Village Church with The Accursed Mountains in background, Theth, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Exterior of Resurrection Cathedral, Tirana, Albania

Exterior of Resurrection Cathedral, Tirana, Albania

Interior of Resurrection Cathedral, Tirana, Albania

Interior of Resurrection Cathedral, Tirana, Albania

Pyramid of Tirana at sunset, Tirana, Albania

Pyramid of Tirana at sunset, Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

Tirana, Albania

View of Tirana City from hotel room window, Tirana, Albania

View of Tirana City from hotel room window, Tirana, Albania

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