Wednesday, April 25, 2007

KRUJE, SKANDERBEG'S HOME TOWN

Kruje is the hometown of Albania's national hero, George Kastrioti (Skanderbeg, the Dragon of Albania), who successfully resisted the Ottomans from 1443 until 1478 in Kruje. His castle resisted four sieges before final capitulation shortly after the death of Skanderbeg, Albania's greatest national hero.





"Kruje is a lovely panoramic mountainside location with roughly twenty thousand inhabitants. It's an interesting tourist attraction; however, the road from Tirana that passed near the airport was far from being first-class..."



"CASTLE - A main point of interest in Kruje is the restored castle and citadel"




"SKANDERBEG MUSEUM - Inside the restored castle there is the Skanderbeg museum"


"TRADITIONAL COSTUMES - Kruje has everything you expect to find in a tourist location. It's your problem not to be caught in tourist traps..."


"WEDDING - It seems that the Kruje Castle is also a favourite place for bride's photos...."


"FARM ANIMALS"


"RUINS"



"MOUNTAIN VIEWS"





"HOUSE - Located inside the castle, the citadel includes a restored house from the Ottoman epoch that serves as the Ethnographic Museum"



"BAZAAR - The old restored bazaar is also a Kruje attraction"


"SUNSET"

22 comments:

Mimmu said...

You have been in Albania too!
I was there last October from Corfu!
I should do same as you have done, make photo blogs from my journeys. I have a scanner for old paper pictures and slides.Perhaps next winter :)
I have also made journeys a lot, not as much as you, of course.

What a pity, that day and night is only 24 hours,I could need more :))

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Thanks for the lovely tour and history of Albania.

I didn't know where Albania was until 2 years ago when I met a doctor from Albania who was working in US. He told me a little about his country and I went home and googled it.

Your photos are really beautiful and eye-opening for me.

isabella said...

I can honestly say that you are the only person I "know" who visited Albania!
Thank you for allowing me this glimpse into such an enigmatic country...

guida said...

Great photos! They surely belong to the group of the most exotic in your blog! I am sure that there are not much people that have actually visited Albania, as tourists, I mean... and even less with a camera in their hands! Quite interesting!

Trotter said...

Mimmu, interesting that you've also been in Albania. I was in Corfu in August 2003 (label Corfu), but by that time I didn't visit Albania.

Ming, Thanks. I still have some more pictures from Berat (not to be confused with Borat...), Durres and Apolonia to show...

Isabella, you're right. It still seems a bit intriguing (for instance, many people say that most Mercedes stolen in Germany easily find their way into Albania), but things are probably changing!

Guida, I think some tourists are starting to find out the country. Depending on how the situation in the Balkans develops, there might be new places to visit...

Cuckoo said...

Lovely mountain pictures. Great panoramic views. That ruins on the slopes was wonderful.

Btw, do you know 'Bazaar' is a Hindi word now used across the globe ?

I wonder how many countries you have been to? Keep going. :)

rcon said...

I love the castle! The structure was really excellent.

One thing that I found kind of funny were the costumes that were hanged on the stone wall.. What's with that?

Kalyan said...

A beautiful town indeed & made more beautiful & interesting by your amazing shots & documentary!

Seda said...

These pictures are great!
Seda
Istanbul Photo

Meg in Nelson said...

Just yesterday, a New Zealander who specializes in traveling to less-known places listed Albania on the top of his place for must go places on the radio. I can see why.

Piika said...

Albania seems like such an out of the way place to visit....

Trotter said...

Cuckoo, thanks for the comment.
I thought "bazar", as it is written in Portuguese, came from the Persian word "bazar"!
As far as countries and territories, I've just made more than one hundred at the Travelers' Century Club list...

Rcon, the costumes were simply a tourist trap for visitors to buy...

Kalyan, Seda thanks for dropping by and commenting!

Meg, Piika, it's amazing how curiosity about travelling in Albania is spreading...

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Here is the information for Museum Month in NYC and all over the country.

I went to MoMA today from 3-5PM and it was not crowded at all. I took a lot of photos that came out pretty nicely. I will post them in the next couple of days.

Trotter said...

Thanks Ming. I'll try to drop by on Saturday, May 19th... or early morning on Sunday!

indicaspecies said...

Searching for the Gorges d'Ardèche post, I reached here.

Lovely pictures, especially the panaromic views of the mountains of Kruje. Your beautiful pictures reminded me of a beautiful person - Mother Theresa, whose parents were Albanians.

Thank you for sharing these!

Trotter said...

Hi Céline,
Thanks for your comment. you can reach the Gorges at http://blogtrotta.blogspot.com/2007/06/les-gorges-dardche.html
Hope you enjoy!

Fiore y Jata said...
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Trotter said...

Fiore Y Jata.
Thank you for your interest, but I would prefer NOT to have my pictures spread in other blogs.
Sorry!

Albania said...

Hi, I'm Albanian!

Trotter said...

Albania,
Great! Welcome to the World here!!

Adnan said...

hi.
im from kosovo...
nice to see ppl keep eyes on albania and ( kosovo ) for me that 2 countrys are same thats why i say im albanian :)
i have some pictures too but they arent so beatiful .. in kosovo as you know we got more soldiers on streets then civ.but i have other nice pictures . i was 2002 there again after i left kosovo 1991. now i life in germany :)

Trotter said...

Adnan,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment at Blogtrotter!
There is a lot to see in Albania!!