Pic of the week; Tickhill, England…

Winter carols by Tickhill Buttercross for baby's first English Christmas. On our 21 day trip we squeezed in; wine & cheese in a tee-pee in a very flooded York, breakfast at the Tetley with old colleagues in Leeds, some baby cuddles in Ipswich, family fun at Centre Parks Sherwood Forest, New Years Eve in the Scarbs, and a spot of world domination over the board game Risk. Classic English family Christmas.

Winter carols by Tickhill Buttercross for baby’s first English Christmas. On our 21 day trip we squeezed in; wine & cheese in a tee-pee in a very flooded York, breakfast at the Tetley with old colleagues in Leeds, family fun at Centre Parks Sherwood Forest, New Years Eve in the Scarbs, a spot of world domination over the board game Risk, and some baby cuddles with English grandad.

Istanbul, Turkey

Since I spent most of my time in Istanbul sick as a dog & confined to our hotel (Deniz House) I should really poach some photographs and tales from the BF, who made his Australian pilgrimage to Gallipoli, famous for it’s WWI battle and the origins of ANZAC day. Here are a few quick ones from when I did venture out into Sultanahmet, to The Blue Mosque & the Grand Bazaar.

Pic of the week; Tirana

The view from the Mondial Hotel rooftop pool. Maybe not what you'd expect from the Albanian capital?

The view from the Mondial Hotel rooftop pool. Maybe not what you’d expect from the Albanian capital?

Berat, Albania

We’re ignoring poor Durres as our first introduction to Albania because Berat redeems it in every way. Berat is everyone’s favourite Ottoman era ‘city of 1000 windows,’ complete with UNESCO’s seal of approval. I spend the 90 min drive from coastal Durres trying to photograph Albania’s famous old war bunkers. Easier said than done, they really are cunningly camouflaged. Much more prolific is the word ‘Shitet’ which is boldly plastered across cars, apartment blocks, and I imagine even the odd donkey. In a far cry from Albania’s communist past – everything seems to be ‘on sale.’

We’ve seen our share of pretty old towns these last weeks in Croatia and Montenegro but Berat’s 13th century castle is in a different league of cool places to spend a few nights. We stay at Guesthouse Kris, inside the city walls, which itself is a mini fortress shielded in fig fruits and grape vines. It’s one of the most serene places I’ve ever slept, with homemade breakfast too for only $25 a double room. Not that you can put a price for waking up in a castle!

Pic of the week; Durres, Albania

Part Eastern European Benidorm, part Torquay with it's own 'Faulty Towers-esq' hotel (the Albion Hotel). It has its charms for thousands of Balkan holiday makers, but just not for us!

Part Eastern European Benidorm, part Torquay with its own ‘Faulty Towers-esq’ hotel (the Albion Hotel). It has its charms for thousands of Balkan holiday makers, but just not for us!

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