The purpose of today’s post serves as a warm up for the travel vlog coming up on TbyMallano YouTube channel coming up this week. I’ve always loved behind the scenes videos showing how each single picture is acquired, I so hope you do too. Up to a month ago while on our summer holidays in my home country Albania we decided to take a day or two off the beach, discover the nearby cities had been our mindset. Regretfully I know and have visited few cities of Albania but on the other hand it’s a nice feeling to see it all through Maksim’s eyes.
After driving to Gjirokastra we came across these gorgeous trumpet vines, commonly found in Albanian garden gates. Bees love trumpet vines, taking this picture had been life endangering, just kidding! On another cheerful note although Gjirokastra enjoys the title of a city we came across cows, sheep and even goats while walking the northern part of old town.
Park Lane flats in SALE (here)
Celine Diane sunglasses in honey/brown (here)
We parked the car and walked to the Gjirokastra castle overlooking the old town and the new very unattractive part of the city. Being a UNESCO heritage site tourists from all over the world walk the cobble stone streets, visit the local vintage stores and local produce. On the way to the mountain local ladies sell handwork embroidery, honey and mountain tea, it smelled divine!
The local vintage shops had been a treat for the eyes, I came across many item used in our own household during my childhood, such as the lantern depicted in the picture below.
The Gjirokastra castle, better rephrased castle is huge in size, we couldn’t avoid making a stop with the old town clock and post of course on my Instagram (here). The picture had been re-posted very many times, made us extremely happy!
After the castle we took off with the goal to visit a traditional household turned into a museum. We got lost, walked in circles in scorching heat to find our way.
The Zekate house had been honestly the highlight of our Ghirokastra trip, the household has been converted into a museum run by the Zekate family. We ordered few refreshments such a Turkish coffee and ice-cold water and enjoyed the view of the four floor house, a gift of Ali Pasha to Zekate family dating in 1811.
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