Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor Wild Beauty on The Adriatic Sea   The only place we had on our ‘must see’ list for Montenegro was the fortified old town of Kotor. Inspired by pictures of Kotors’ fjord-like landscapes and old-world architecture, we were drawn into the region with a magnetic pull.

Exploring Wild Montenegro:  Durmitor National Park   You Can’t Always Get What You Want We envisioned fresh crisp air kissing our faces and sun rays dancing on our skin as we explore and hike the rugged and dramatic Durmitor National Park.  Our welcome to Žabljak  was a late afternoon thunderstorm with 6 degree Celsius, Read More

  Budva to Sveti Stefan: The Seven Bay Trail   Budva in August is a little chaotic. The beaches, the promenades, the old town are all slammed with holiday goers soaking up the Budva Riviera. The chaos continues into the wee morning hours as revelers head out to beachside clubs for booze and bubble, Read More

Albaniaology: Budget Travel in Albania We came to Albania knowing next to nothing about this Balkan country We’ve since discovered that Albania is on its way to becoming a player in the European budget travel scene. Wait a minute we hear you saying, just where in the heck is Albania.

Starting from the pristine beaches of the Albanian Riviera in the south of the country, we traveled for three weeks ending up in the stunning mountains of the Albanian Alps. We experienced so many highlights in this small Balkan country that we made a highlight reel to inspire intrepid travelers to visit this up, Read More

 Valbona and Thethi: Trekkers Paradise   We came to Valbona (also spelled Valbone) with one goal, to hike the famed path to Thethi (Theth). What we didn’t expect to find in this corner of Albania’s Accursed Mountains was a near pristine wilderness of jagged, rocky peaks and narrow river gorges more reminiscent of a, Read More

Part of our journey to the spectacular Albanian Alps included a 2-hour ferry ride on Komani Lake.  Komani Lake is a manmade resevoir in northern Albania, created in the 1970’s to provide hydroelectric power.  Now it is a major transportation artery connecting Skhoder with small mountain villages. The ferry ride itself was one of, Read More

Traveling in Albania was full of surprises.  We were blown away by the stunning beaches, pristine mountains and amazing clear freshwater springs and rivers.  Albanians call some of these pools (swimming holes) ‘Syri Kalter’, meaning blue eye.  We were lucky to visit two of the most well known, the Blue Eye of Saranda in, Read More