Eastern Europe

Macedonia

Lots of muddy trails in Macedonia.

Lots of muddy trails in Macedonia.

After crossing the border from Albania the sun was beginning to set, it seemed wise to look for a campsite. Thankfully we were already on the shores of lake Ohrid. We managed to find a nice private spot amongst the trees right on the shore of the lake. The sun went down over the lake which was very still and calm.
It was a different story in the morning when we woke, the wind had picked up and it was as if we were now camped on the shores of an ocean rather than a lake. It’s a nice sound to wake up to though, waves crashing right outside your window. Continue reading

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Albania

Climbing to the mouth of the valley

Climbing to the mouth of the valley

Our original plan after Greece was to skirt along the coast of the Adriatic Sea via the Balkans. As it was late November and coming into winter we decided to have another look at the map. Both our fellow travellers Simon and Georgia, Nic and Tim had decided on a different route through Bulgaria and Romania. The reports we heard back from them were enough to entice us. Rather than heading for the coast in gloomy cold weather we geared up for the snowy mountains and the less travelled road. From northern Greece we planned on visiting a group of lakes that lie on the border of Greece, Albania and Macedonia. Making Albania the next country on our itinerary. We only needed to cross the north eastern corner of Albania to reach the lakes. A UNESCO heritage listed town called Gjirokastra was a short drive from where we were crossing the border so seemed like a logical next stop. Continue reading

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