The Wandering Scot

An occasional travel journal.
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Balkans 2018

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  Sarajevo   Mostar   Kotor   Podgorica   Tirana   Berat   Prizren   Prishtina

Bosnia: Sarajevo

Vratnik Fort: Ploča Gate, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Vratnik Fort: Ploča Gate
Vratnik Fort: Visegard Gate, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Vratnik Fort: Visegard Gate
Vratnik Fort: White Citadel, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Vratnik Fort: White Citadel
Vratnik Fort: Yellow Bastion, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Vratnik Fort: Yellow Bastion
Old Muslim Cemetery, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Old Muslim Cemetery
Colorful
Colorful "Moorish" City Hall
City Hall, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
City Hall
City Hall: Grand Interior, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
City Hall: Grand Interior
City Hall: Interior, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
City Hall: Interior
Archduke Ferdinand assasination marker, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Archduke Ferdinand assasination marker
Marker of former site of Archduke Ferdinand Memorial, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Marker of former site of Archduke Ferdinand Memorial
Sarajevo Museum: Archduke Ferdinand, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Sarajevo Museum: Archduke Ferdinand
Sarajevo Museum: The pistol (?), Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Sarajevo Museum: The pistol (?)
WWII Memorial & Eternal Flame, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
WWII Memorial & Eternal Flame
National Museum, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
National Museum
Photos comparing 1996 vs 2011, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Photos comparing 1996 vs 2011
Photos comparing 1996 vs 2011, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Photos comparing 1996 vs 2011
Bus to Mostar, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
Bus to Mostar
24 miles North of Mostar, Bosnia: Sarajevo, Balkans 2018
24 miles North of Mostar

Bosnia: Mostar

Mostar Bridge

Bridge from Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Bridge from Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Bridge from Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Bridge from Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Bridge from bridge tower, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Bridge from bridge tower
Old photo of pre-destruction bridge, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Old photo of pre-destruction bridge
Restoration: Before and after plans, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Restoration: Before and after plans

Around Mostar

A touch of rain, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
A touch of rain
View from bridge to Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
View from bridge to Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Crooked Bridge (rebuilt), Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Crooked Bridge (rebuilt)
Hadze Tere Jahja Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Hadze Tere Jahja Mosque
Karađozbegova Mosque, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Karađozbegova Mosque
View to (rebuilt) Franciscan Monastery tower, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
View to (rebuilt) Franciscan Monastery tower
New Orthodox (?) Church, Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
New Orthodox (?) Church

South of Mostar

Trebinje Monastery (Bosnia), Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Trebinje Monastery (Bosnia)
Trebinje Monastery (Bosnia), Bosnia: Mostar, Balkans 2018
Trebinje Monastery (Bosnia)

Montenegro: Kotor

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
Bay of Kotor
View to hilltop fortress, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
View to hilltop fortress
Steep fortress walls!, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
Steep fortress walls!
North end of City Walls, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
North end of City Walls
South end of City Walls, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
South end of City Walls
The Lion of St Mark, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
The Lion of St Mark
The Lion of St Mark, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
The Lion of St Mark
Sea Gate Note WWII Partisan Star, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
Sea Gate
Note WWII Partisan Star
Clock Tower, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
Clock Tower
St Typhon’s Cathedral, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
St Typhon’s Cathedral
St Typhon’s Cathedral, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
St Typhon’s Cathedral
St Nicholas Church, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
St Nicholas Church
Fortress Top, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
Fortress Top
View down Bay of Kotor, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
View down Bay of Kotor
View down to old city, Montenegro: Kotor, Balkans 2018
View down to old city

Montenegro: Podgorica

Clock Tower, Montenegro: Podgorica, Balkans 2018
Clock Tower
King Nikolai statue, Montenegro: Podgorica, Balkans 2018
King Nikolai statue
Old stone bridge, Montenegro: Podgorica, Balkans 2018
Old stone bridge
New river bridge, Montenegro: Podgorica, Balkans 2018
New river bridge

Podgorica:Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection

Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection (brand new), Montenegro: Podgorica, Balkans 2018
Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection (brand new)

Albania: Tirana

National Museum, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
National Museum
National Museum Mosaic, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
National Museum Mosaic
City Center, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
City Center
City Center, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
City Center
Skanderberg statue, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Skanderberg statue
Et'hem Bej Mosque, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Et'hem Bej Mosque
Partisan Memorial, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Partisan Memorial
Chunk of old "Justinian Walls" (??), Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Chunk of old "Justinian Walls" (??)
New Mosque under construction, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
New Mosque under construction
Tanners' Bridge, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Tanners' Bridge
Hoxha-era “Pyramid” building, Albania: Tirana, Balkans 2018
Hoxha-era “Pyramid” building

Tirana: Familiar Faces

As I was striding past the National Art Gallery, I was startled to suddenly recognize a familiar face.
And, yes, lurking in the back of the building is Vladimir Ilyich, and not one, but two Stalins.

Tirana: BUNK'ART 2

BUNK'ART 2 is former government bunker, turned into a museum/memorial on the Hoxha regime's security state.

Tirana: House of Leaves

"House of Leaves" is the former Security Service Technical Directorate HQ and now a museum of surveillance.

Albania: Berat

A rather dull small Albanian town, with a hilltop fortress.
"The town of a thousand windows", Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
"The town of a thousand windows"
Route to Fortress, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Route to Fortress
Remains of Red Mosque, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Remains of Red Mosque
Citadel cistern, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Citadel cistern
Ruins of old Citadel, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Ruins of old Citadel
Citadel, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Citadel
Holy Trinity Church, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Holy Trinity Church
View down to Berat, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
View down to Berat
Lead Mosque, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Lead Mosque
Sultan's Mosque, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Sultan's Mosque
Bachelors' Mosque, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Bachelors' Mosque
Bachelors' Mosque details, Albania: Berat, Balkans 2018
Bachelors' Mosque details

Kosovo: Prizren

An unexpectedly charming small Kosovar town.
Ottoman Bridge, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Ottoman Bridge
Sinan Pasha Mosque, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Sinan Pasha Mosque, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Sinan Pasha Mosque
Sinan Pasha Mosque interior, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Sinan Pasha Mosque interior
Sinan Pasha Mosque ceiling, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Sinan Pasha Mosque ceiling
View to Church of our Savior, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
View to Church of our Savior
View to Fortess, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
View to Fortess
Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš
Under slow (?) restoration, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Under slow (?) restoration
Ottoman Baths, under restoration, Kosovo: Prizren, Balkans 2018
Ottoman Baths, under restoration

Kosovo: Prishtina

Just a very quick visit, as I was there just last year.
Skanderberg statue, Kosovo: Prishtina, Balkans 2018
Skanderberg statue

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