Tirana: Leyla’s take

After spending some time in Croatia’s nice coastal towns we arrived in Tirana, the capital of Albania. Not a city I loved at first sight, Tirana seems nicer to me now after spending only two days there, than when we arrived. The city is a mix of old and new, rich and poor: imposing government and public buildings, relatively recent commercial developments, and mostly old and poorly maintained residential buildings. The city’s architectural styles are widely varied, but all highly decorated. But with all its mix, result of its communist past and more recent economic development, Tirana is a lively city full of markets, shops, restaurants and cafes. People was nice and it was always easy to find an Italian speaker (except for the woman on the supermarket counter selling some strange animal heads that we think were pigs’ but couldn’t get a clear answer.)

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