It's nigh-on impossible to take bad pictures in much of Albania. There's a wealth of natural beauty and historical charm that just sings when you point your lens at it. During my time there, I was faced with every travel writer or photographer's ultimate dilemma at each turn: notepad or camera, which do I use first?
Whether it was strolling the winding, cobbled streets of Berat's hilltop citadel or marching up a mountain in the valley of Valbona, I was struck with a picture-perfect view around every corner or at every viewpoint. Even the grey, brooding skies over the Ionian sea were a sight to behold from the deserted beaches on Albania's southern coastline.
[email protected] here, sharing my journey with you via @roughguides as I travel through Albania to update the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget. Follow me using RGontheroad or right here in @RoughGuides' Instagram! Here's a shot from the plane window just before we touched down in #Tirana. #travelgram #travelpics #travelpo
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We stopped for a break along a winding mountain road to find these pretty little water fountains feeding fresh water directly from the crystal clear river below. Quite refreshing after a long drive from Durres, #Albania. #rgontheroad #travelpics #traveling #eurotrip #nature #lovenature
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This is Ksamil, a gorgeous little village on the #Albanian coastline. Today is was empty, not a soul in sight. In a month, it will be teeming with sun-seeking tourists from Norway, Germany and Austria as a favoured #Mediterranean #beach break. It's beautiful, and a seafood lunch for two (with delicious Albanian wine) costs only €20 in total. We're sold, are you? #holiday #travel #summer #beachbreak #lifesabeach #RGontheroad Follow @lortusfleur for more Albania #travelpics.
By @lortusfleur while updating the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget: No filter or colour boost needed for this photo of the Blue Eye in #Albania. A beautiful little stop on our drive from #Saranda to #Gjirokaster. #travelpics #travelling #eurotrip #paradise
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By @lortusfleur while updating the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget: Cows grazing on the meadows in Valbona, #Albania. We walked to a shepherd's hut (stan) yesterday to have lunch made by the shepherd and his wife. A truly beautiful day, with milk fresh from the sheep and still warm! This area will be a new addition to the Albania chapter of the book. #travelling #travelgram #travelpics #cows #countryside #mountains #beautiful
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