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Njegos's Mausoleum, Montenegro 🇲🇪 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #montenegro #njegosmausoleum #461steps #roadtrip #nature #landscape #fromthetop #beautiful #scenery #views #birdview 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼
High atop an otherwise untouched mountaintop in the European country of Montenegro, the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš remembers one of the region’s beloved leaders with a contest-designed tomb that still could not please many critics.
Prior to his death, Njegoš (he was a Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, poet and philosopher whose works are widely considered some of the most important in Montenegrin and Serbian literature) had asked to be buried atop Mount Lovćen, in a chapel dedicated to his predecessor. He had designed the chapel himself, and oversaw its construction in 1845.
Petar II Petrović Njegoš was more than just the Prince-Bishop of Montenegro. He was a philosopher and a poet, and beyond that he was a beloved political and cultural leader. Njegoš requested to be buried at a tiny chapel he had built before his death in 1851. After he passed, his body was indeed interred in the humble chapel, but it was not to rest there indefinitely. Unfortunately the small chapel was badly damaged during a war and his body was moved to its current mountaintop home. More than a hundred years later in 1974, Montenegrin authorities replaced Njegoš’ burial chapel with an impressive mausoleum designed by someone who had never been to the mountain, inciting protests among a number of citizens.
Located within Lovćen National Park, the newly built mausoleum is perched atop one of Mount Lovćen’s two peaks. The dramatic building is reached after taking a long road that winds up the mountain, followed by a hike up 461 steps on foot.


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Crazy road, Montenegro 🇲🇪 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #montenegro #roadtrip #nature #landscape #fromthetop #beautiful #scenery #views #sea #birdview #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 We made it opposite- Kotor to Cetinje (climbing up) 😎
(Dangerousroads.org):
Dangerous curvy mountainous road which rarely permit speeds over 30km/h., located in Montenegro, with a total length of 38km, between the cities of Cetinje and Kotor. The most challenging part of the road is a short 8.3km stretch with 16 hairpin turns called Kotor Serpentine. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.
The road from Cetinje to Kotor (called P1) is mostly a narrow one-lane road offering stunning views of Kotor from above. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it and the road is pretty steep. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it.
The most famous part of the road is called Kotor #Serpentine: a stretch of 8.3km long, pretty steep, with 16 hairpin turns. Along this section, the road starts at an elevation of 458m above the sea level, and ends at 881m. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 423 meters. The average percentage is 5,09%.
This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. The surface of the road is asphalted and includes more than 30 steep hairpin turns.
There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The road offers great views of Boka Bay.


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"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for" William G.T. Shedd

The storm is coming 😐 hope the ships will be safe @ Bay of Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #montenegro #storm #sunset #beautiful #scenery #views #sea #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight


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Bunk’art, Tirana, Albania 🇦🇱 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #albania #tirana #capital #bunker #impressive #shocking #wow #huge #museum #history #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 Over 750,000 (!!!!!!!) #bunkers were built under the direction of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha, who ruled Albania as one of the most isolationist Stalinists from the end of World War II until his death in 1985. (#AtlasObscura) Starting as a Soviet ally, Hoxha declared the USSR to be revisionist and anti-Marxist after the death of Stalin, and soon all of the Warsaw Pact nations ended their allegiance with Albania. Hoxha then took China as Albania’s ally, which only lasted until 1977, after which he tried to make the country self-sufficient.

During his control of the country, Hoxha banned religion, foreign travel, and often used his secret police to stop any dissent. Almost a quarter of the budget went to the military, much of it spent on building bunkers. The prototype for the bunkers was built in the 1950s, with the chief engineer assuring Hoxha that it would withstand a full assault from a tank. Hoxha decided to test it, with the engineer inside, and when he emerged unscathed from the attack mass production began.

Fearing an invasion from his former Soviet allies or NATO, Hoxha had enough concrete and steel bunkers built to stop an army of millions. They grew like sinister gray mushrooms from the mountains to the coastline, sprouting up in neighborhoods, fields, playgrounds, cemeteries, and on beaches.

They created a permanent sense of paranoia for Albanians who encountered their sniper windows at every turn; but the enemy never came. Decades after the end of Hoxha’s totalitarian regime, the bunkers still scar the landscape. While a few have been turned into hotels or homes by creative Albanians, most are abandoned and overtaken by weeds, only occupied by the desperate in search of shelter. They clutter Albania’s hilly landscape, dotting nearly every view in the small country’s 11,100 square miles.


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Berat, Albania 🇦🇱 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #albania #berat #roadtrip #beautiful #scenery #views #endless #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 #thetownofathousandwindows

According to the legend, the Tomorr mountain was originally a giant, who fought with another giant, called Shpirag over a young woman. They killed each other and the girl drowned in her tears, which then became the Osum river.

Berat (alb. Berati) - 2400 year old town located in southcentral Albania is known as "the town of a thousand windows, also the Museum City". It is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Albania, with a settlement having existed there since at least the 6th century BC, when it was a fortress-settlement of the Greek Dassaretae tribe on the old border between Illyria and Epirus.
Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. The citadel area numbers many Byzantine churches, mainly from the 13th century, as well as several mosques built under the Ottoman era which began in 1417. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period.


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Çobo Winery 🇦🇱 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #albania #cobowinery #rarewine #berat #familybusiness #localwine #winelovers #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight #wine #winetasting @wine_advocate @winefolly @decanter 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 #sincere #deep #seducing is the slogan of this 100% Albanian winery we were lucky enough to visit. The young daughter of the Çobos showed us the factory and gave some details about the family' past and present. She shared the projects they are working on and the difficulties the winery experiences - taxes, suppliers, distribution... it is hard daily work but as their website says "From the beginning, we have insisted that our wine be made from 100% Albanian grapes. This gives us a very strong identity. The wine we produce must be connected to the land where the grapes are grown. We knew that if we wanted to set the standard for high quality Albanian wine, we had to represent ourselves with authentic grapes.

We believe that wine is a form of culture. It is a philosophy of life. The making of wine is particular and time-consuming. As such, it demands the right touch, the right minds, and hands to make it a special, high quality product. Our winery is more than a business—it's a passion. It is our pleasure to grow the grapes, harvest them, and produce wine. We want to show others and ourselves that our wine is different—a unique, high quality wine."


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Butrint, Albania 🇦🇱 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #albania #butrint #sea #history #beautiful #scenery #views #endless #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 Legend: a city which, according to Vergil, was founded by the Trojan seer Helenos. After marrying Andromache, the widow of Hector, Helenos migrated to the shores of Epeiros where he founded a new Troy.

Located on the fertile coast of Epirus in present day Albania, Butrint (ancient name Buthrotum) was an important settlement in Hellenistic and Roman times due to its position on the route from Italy to mainland Greece down the Ionian Sea, its safe anchorage, inland access via Lake Butrint and its proximity to Corcyra (Corfu). Julius Caesar visited Butrint in 44 BCE and in 48 BCE it formally became a Roman colony. "Let me tell you that Buthrotum is to Corcyra (Corfu) what Antium is to Rome - the quietest, coolest, most pleasant place in the world" Cicero letters to Atticus 4.8.1 (56 BC)

Butrint was not only strategically important in controlling local sea-routes but was also of commercial interest in terms of agriculture. Indeed, the millionaire Titus Pomponius Atticus had owned property in the area from c. 68 BCE. (Ancient History Encyclopedia)

The site is in the forest so it's pleasant to walk around but unfortunately there is no audioguide, no information or details on the spot 😞 you have to do some homework before coming or just imagine the past 🏛


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The sky is on fire. Couldn’t decide which one is the best photo? Let me know your thoughts? Sunset in Ksamil & Albanian wine 🍷 in Albania 🇦🇱 #BigBalkansAdventure #2017 #bigbalkansroadtrip #myphoto #mytravelpictures #summer #2017 #5000km #sunset #albania #ksamil #local #wine #riesling #impressive #scenery #views #endless #iphonephotography #nofilter #naturallight


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