Albania… What? (part 1)

14-16/05/2021 Tirana – Shkodër Our plane has arrived at Tirana very late, after midnight, so our first ride on the streets and main road from the airport, were not at all representative. Because we really thought that the roads in Albania are empty. In fact Albanian roads are always plenty of everything!!!! Not only of…

Tokyo – Asakusa. Where sacred meets profane

Asakusa, is situated at north-east side of Sumida river; also called by shitamachi which means “downtown”, in opposition to yamanote so the east part of Tokyo, or “low city,” because of its position to Sumida river. During Edo period (1600-1867) a former red light district (Yoshiwara) was created here in order to limit the practice…

Mysterious Virpazar. Montenegro. Lake Skadar.

In such a small village like Virpazar, which population in 2011 was around 300 inhabitants in total, you are not expecting to see such a variety of different professions and talents. However this lovely town can be proud of its local artists and artisans. One of them is Ljilja who is producing by herself very…

Lake Skadar (only images)

Sometimes the words are unnecessary, cause the place is talking to you in its own language (all photos: ©AS, 2020)

Budva Riviera …”I have shored against my ruins”

“I have shored against my ruins”, wrote T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land”, suggesting that the only way to salvation from the chaos of modernity (and I would add, from any other kind of chaos, such as chaos of information, that we experience everyday), is through necessary confrontation with the labirynth of fragments and ruins…

More koje vam nedostaje…The sea that you miss in Herceg novi

Strategic position at the entrance of the Boka Bay, has made from Herceg Novi an important city. Tvrđava Španjola (Spanish fortress) due to Spaniard owners of the city for one year (1538-1539), is only one of three other fortresses (Kanli Kula = Bloody Tower and Sahat Kula=Clock Tower), finished under the Ottoman Empire, ruling those…

Tour : Ostrog–Pluzine

Monaster Ostrog was found by Vasilij Jovanovic (1610–71), known also as Sv. Vasilij Ostroški. Jovanović was planning to live the eremitic life on the saint mountain of Atos, but local inhabitants asked him to stay with them. He eventually decided to find himself a place in the rocks, where he started to build the monastery…

Kotor. Italian heritage and slavic soul

Kotor Bay Kotor has been under the influence of the Venetian Republic since 1420. After Second World War, the territory was attached to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, but since 2006 it is now belonging to the independent country of Montenegro. Tourism in 2020 is strongly reduced because of coronavirus pandemic, but still, we try to…