Albania: Buzzed in Berat

Albania: Buzzed in Berat

Our guidebook passionately warned that Albanian red wine was utterly terrible and recommended sticking with white wines only. We are not big wine drinkers at all, but what we did want to see were the Albanian wineries.  Of course, the best part of any distillery…

We Ate and Paid for It: The Best Restaurant in Albania

We Ate and Paid for It: The Best Restaurant in Albania

We were driving down from the mountains, returning from spending three days in Valbona National Park.  The narrow mountain road curved and zigzagged between steep ridges and precipitous cliffs, occasionally revealing breathtaking views of lush valleys and a fast-flowing river.  We were heading towards a…

Albania: When The Price Is Right

Albania: When The Price Is Right

I never planned on going to Albania.  Albania was never on my “Top Ten Places to Visit List” or even on “If I Live to be a 100 Travel Bucket List”.  Albania was not even on the radar.  Until one evening when Victor and I…

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

In 1999, a few girlfriends and I decided to take our very first international post-college trip to Europe.  We had no idea how to go on our own, so we booked a bus tour that would take us across seven countries in a span of…