Apollonia, in southern Albania, is where Octavian received news of his great uncle, Julius Caesar’s murder. A student at Europe’s first university, Apollonia’s School of Philosophy, Octavian left immediately for Rome.
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‘The Best Coastal Drive in the World’: Ksamil Beach & The Llogar Pass, Albania
“We can’t go to Mongolia if you can’t cope with this.” Mark’s words stung like a whip. I felt desolate. On a strip of yellow dirt, in a 16-tonne truck, with nowhere to turn around, we were lost somewhere in southern Albania.
Butrint, Albania: The Fall of Troy, The Founding of Rome, & A Load of Old Bull
At Butrint, in southwestern Albania, we discovered tranquillity, jewel colours, fecund nature, and a sense of history that rustled through the trees like a whisper from the past.
Gjirokastra to Butrint, & St. Nikolas’ Monastery, Albania
Appearances can be deceptive. In some ways, the articulated lorries made us feel a little better. Clearly, the narrow, winding mountain road could take large traffic. In other ways, however, it tested our nerve. Albanian drivers have no qualms about nipping around lorries, or even other cars already overtaking them, on blind bends, regardless ofContinue reading “Gjirokastra to Butrint, & St. Nikolas’ Monastery, Albania”