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Berat: a rare history

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With the earliest traces of settlement dating back to 2600 BC, the central Albanian city of Berat has one of the richest histories in Europe and in 2008 was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. But, aside from the rare architectural features seen throughout this city’s old town, what else has earned this area such… Read more »

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Lord Byron & Albania

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Leaving England in 1809 to embark on a two year tour of Europe, the Napoleonic Wars forced Lord Byron to alter his route considerably. Seeking adventure and the undiscovered, Byron found a great deal of inspiration in Albania. His break-through poem, the largely autobiographical ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’, recounts a number of his encounters in this… Read more »

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Albania – and the Accursed Mountains

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Many areas of Eastern Europe were closed to travellers following the Second World War – the iron curtain had come down, and would remain tightly shut for another fifty years. Today, that curtain has been lifted, and the Accursed Mountains in the north of Albania are accessible once more. There aren’t too many places left… Read more »

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