Belgrade was the venue of a conference that I attended in May. While walking between work related events, I managed to get a good overview of the city centre and most touristic attractions. It all looked green and lovely, with many cafes spread along the cobbled streets. At the end of the conference , I extended my stay for a couple of days to explore in more detail this part of the European South.
Bern is not a typical capital or a typical Swiss city for that matter. It has a provincial feel and preserves an air of freshness and calm. Some of it maybe due to the beautiful views of the Alps in the distance, watching over the city.
The main sights are concentrated in a rather compact area between the U shape of the Aare river and the train station. So get a comfortable pair of shoes and an umbrella and prepare for an active day of walking and exploring.
I travelled to Tirana in December 2017 to participate in a work-related conference. The presentations finished already Friday mid -day and I was left with about 24 h to explore a bit of the city and surroundings before my flight back on Saturday PM.
Tirana itself is nothing too spectacular and similar in look with other former communist capitals from the European Eastern block. The architecture is mainly greyish appartment buildings with falling facades. The only notable exception are a few streets surrounding Skanderbeg Square, now turned a pedestrian zone. In December, a small Christmas market and several carrousels were occupying the square.
This is my first blog post from the road. On this occasion, the
road starts at Brindisi and should lead to Positano, in the span of about a week. Also, the plan is to move from one place to another by train rather than car and therefore avoid getting stressed by widespread lack of parking in the small Italian cities of the South.