• Secret Spots,  Secret Spots

    Mavrovo National Park

    If you ever spend a few days in Northern Macedonia, you should definitely visit the Mavrovo National Park. We had an incredibly relaxed time and could recover from the experiences of the capital. In the middle of October we enjoyed the sunshine and used the days for hiking and lazing around. For all van travellers the place at the lake on a small peninsula is recommended. One has a wonderful view to the sunset, there are many fire places and we found some mushrooms in the forest. Except for a herd of sheep that came by twice a day, we hardly met anyone. Except for an angler who parked his…

  • Northmacedonia

    Skopje and the Mavrovo National Park

    First we visited Skopje and after that we wanted to see the Mavrovo Nationalpark. Skopje, especially Martin, was enthusiastic about Skopje from the beginning. The old town with the authentic bazaar, the many cafés and craftsmen in their small shops, but I liked that too. As always I feel rather cramped and oppressed in cities and quickly yearn for space and nature. In contrast, I found the “Neustadt”, especially shaped by the “Skopje 2014” project, almost absurd. For hundreds of millions of Euros, magnificent buildings in the ancient Greek/Macedonian style are being erected here. Everything is oversized, from the waterworks to the archaeology museum to the government building. The “Las-Vegas-wanna-be”…

  • Northmacedonia

    “Northern”-Macedonia

    After our time in Kosovo with the many unique encounters we moved on. On our “round” which started in Albania and will lead us over the Valbona Gorge over Kosovo to Northern Macedonia, Skopje and then over Lake Ohrid back to Albania, Tirana and finally Durres, we arrived in Macedonia. First of all I would like to explain that the country has only been called North Macedonia since 11.01.2019. This unusual name change came about because Greece finds it illegal that the Macedonians regard “their” country as the “real” Macedonia. Because Macedonia is, strictly speaking, the name of a region similar to Kosovo and also includes part of Greece and…

  • Kosovo

    Prishtina the capital of Kosovo

    Now it was time for the capital. Let’s get into the hustle and bustle. Although we had prepared ourselves for it, the transition from the calm lake in the morning to the bustling, turbulent city was quite violent. During a walk through the city we were a little overwhelmed. Fortunately Prishtina is also not the biggest (and most beautiful) city, so much the exploration tour quite short. Nevertheless we had seen almost everything worth seeing. We didn’t find the library, which is often called the ugliest building in Europe, so bad compared to the “Youth-Palace”, a concrete block, which was abandoned to decay after a fire and is now rotting…

  • Kosovo

    Kosovo – the bears are back

    After the nice time in Prizren we wanted to spend another day outside the capital before we would throw ourselves into the next hustle and bustle. What could be more convenient than the bear sanctuary Prishtina? Right: Nothing. The Austrian animal welfare organisation “Four Paws” has done a great job with its work and created a very beautiful place where the so-called “restaurant-bears” can live as close to nature as possible. In Albania and Kosovo bears were kept in tiny cages under terrible conditions to amuse the guests. Thanks to the work of Four Paws, this is now banned in Kosovo and hopefully will be soon in Albania. Since the…

  • Kosovo

    Traveling and horse riding in Kosovo

    The next day the fog in the gorge had cleared and gave a spectacular view of the mountain panorama. Wow, what a sight for breakfast. We explored Valbona, where a lot is currently being built and renovated and decided on another hiking route into the mountains. We were once again rewarded with great views and encounters. During a break with a view we met a German hiking group. As it turned out two of them live with their children in Tirana, the others were visiting! We exchanged experiences and stories and made our way back to the valley together. Our goal for the day should already be in Kosovo, because…

  • Albania

    Traveling Albania – The Koman lake and the Valbona canyon

    Let’s go to Fierze. The hustle and bustle at the ferry dock was a bustle. Goats were loaded from boats into cars, a passenger ferry, an old bus welded to a boat filled up bit by bit, everyone drank a coffee and street vendors offered snacks for the crossing. Great. There you go. We just had to show our online ticket on the mobile phone and Don Busso was allowed to roll onto the ferry. An Albanian ferry, one should perhaps also say to it. Those who are used to German luxury liners and big car ferries have to reduce their requirements a little. A bit of adventure is needed…

  • Albania

    Traveling Albania

    After the great and exciting time in Bosnia-Herzegovina we gave up our “river domicile” and drove on to Albania. In Shkodra we found ourselves on a campsite and were first quite surprised and enthusiastic about the amenities and the high standard that awaited us. We hadn’t expected that. A campsite on such a level costs 4 to 5 times more in Western Europe. We paid 14 Euro the night for everyone. Since we had camped the last weeks almost only wildly, we enjoyed for two nights the maintained plant, the fast Wlan (the bad net coverage had been in Bosnia actually the only small deficiency) and the sanitary facilities. Hammocks…

  • Secret Spots

    Secret Spot near the Kravica Waterfalls

    The magical place at the river near the Kravica waterfalls had fascinated us so much that we stayed there for several days. In the summer there seem to be cafés and bars along the river, houses and terraces stand by the river. But in September we had everything for ourselves. Even when the owner came to pick up some chairs from the house, he said nothing, but was very friendly. We would have liked to take the opportunity to ask what is going on here in summer, but the language barrier was a bit too big and so it stayed with a friendly nod. The place with the small waterfall,…

  • Bosnia and Herzegowina

    Mostar and a piece of paradise

    After we had left Sarajevo and the mountains behind us, we went on to Mostar in the south. Of course we didn’t want to miss the beautiful old town and the famous bridge of Mostar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But when we arrived in Mostar we had to find out again that the most famous sights are the most frequented ones… So we snaked with busloads full of Asians and of course also European tourists, as we are, in the usual goose march through the old alleys lined with sales stalls and restaurants, up to the bridge and took our photos well-behaved. The bridge is beautiful, the…