Heading out of Berat today for the southern coast of Albania. We haven’t seen salt water in a while and are excited to get a good sniff of the sea.
There’s more direct way to get to the sea but the locals convinced us that it wasn’t the wisest choice. Mud and crazy terrain, they said so we listened and took the longer way around.
Albania was an isolated Communist country up until 1990. The former ruler had hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers built in case of enemy attack. Eventually Communism fell, the leader died and the borders were open again. But these reminders of the past can still be seen around the country.
Our last peek at the Adriatic Sea for a bit. Now it’s time to climb over a mountain and spy the Ionian Sea for our first time.
What in the world?!?!
Guess we climbed up a decent amount today.
Kids were excited even with cold hands and feet.
The road down to the southern coast was long, windy, beautiful and scattered with small bunkers.
Hello, Ionian Sea!
I love exploring old abandoned buildings but I hesitate to do so if anything seems too sketchy. My anxiety goes into overdrive when I see a steep narrow road or a no trespassing sign or drug paraphernalia on the ground. Must. Not. Break. Rules. But Dan doesn’t give a crap. He parks right next to the building I was eyeing before I can even get a single curse word out of my mouth. Thanks, Dan. ❤️
We try not to drive at night but it’s sometimes unavoidable with these slow roads.
I think I shrieked when we saw these red rocks. All we’ve been months of white stone. Reminded me of the southwest for a split second.
Alright, time to find a camp spot… in the dark. Not the best but it’ll be fine.
Enjoy our vlog from the Albanian coast!
Thanks for following our adventures,