Slano made us think of Christchurch, a town being rebuilt - but for very different reasons. Slano is being rebuilt after the war of Independence over 20 years ago. The bullet marked walls and the missing rooves sit among the newly rebuilt buildings and life carries on.
Seems incredible that this happened relatively recently, but it is sad that it has taken so long to repair the damage. There a numerous memorials around the town, perhaps to provide another reminder once all has been repaired.
After a small hiccup checking in (turns out Saturday isn't a good day to choose), we've found Croatia to be a lovely unspoiled place, with so many bays to choose from for the night.
Unfortunately, we had go on past Dubrovnik to check in but we''ll definitely stop on the way back in a few months time.
Our next stop - the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. An absolutely stunning fyord like, butterfly shaped set of bays. Amazing views everywhere you look. A new favourite!
We went out to lunch with our Swedish friends for a traditional Albanian feast. Similar to Greek except.. well different. Stuffed tomato's, peppers, zucchinis and vine leaves. Spinach and cheese pie, lamb with yogurt, liver with herbs and tomatoes, mushrooms with cream, Greek salad and Chicken Qebabs (very similar to kebabs!). All delicious .. (ok I didn't try the liver, but apparently it was great!)
Durres is the port town of Albania's largest city Tirana. A walk along the promenade was an interesting experience.
There seems to be some preoccupation with guns or maybe it was my imagination?!
A lot of shot the can to win a prize games, a child loading a toy(?) gun. There's a guy selling 4 cameras, a couple of tubes of handcream, and a hand gun?!
Today we went to the National park of Butrint. There is a tower, a chapel, a theatre, Roman baths, agora/forum, a gymnasium and much more. Can you spot what is wrong in the picture above?
They seem to have a turtle infestation here.. they are everywhere!
Fantastic scenery, extremely narrow roads, cobblestone streets and limestone everything. Two euros for a delicious lunch of cheese, spinach or onion pie for five. We even found an artisan coffee roaster. Only downside was the somewhat unappealing hole in the ground public toilets!
Not sure the pictures do it justice, but this place was stunning. A natural spring feeding a whole valley of jungle like bush. The water was crystal clear and very cold.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.