To Shqiperia (Albania)
29.08.2008 - 29.08.2008 17 °C
Next morning I took the 6 O'clock bus to Shkoder, got a cheap room at Rozafa hotel in the center and started touring the city.
It has a modern facade, but back streets like Arab markets & a lot of building sites.
The historical museum is small but very interesting. It was closed till next week but the manager was nice & gave me a private tour, so I donated a few euros and he was happy.
I missed the Marubi Phototheque at that weekend as its open Mon-Fri, but seen it on the way back.
It has a fine collection of photos of places and people from mid 19 century till early 20's, of daily life, ceremonies and holidays.
In the afternoon, when it was a bit cooler, I went to see Rozafa castle.
It's an impressing castle, about 50 m above town, with four rivers near by, closing the way of intruders from three sides and the steep hill and heavy walls give it a perfect defence.
Rozafa castle has a great importance in the Shqiptar (Albanian) history. It was the place Scanderbeg had the tribes chieftains take the oath that started the war to liberate Shqiperia from the Turks
at the 15th century. Shqiperia was independent for
Right from the beginning, when I entered Shqiperia, I noticed that the people are no doubt the most wonderful people in Europe, so kind, generous and willing to communicate and help, far more than other Balkan people who are very nice too.