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A holiday in the Balkans: Kosovo, Albania & North Macedonia

May 19th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just returned from a most enjoyable week’s holiday in the Balkans visiting three small states in the region. You might have been reading my daily blog postings of the trip. However, I’ve now drawn all the blog postings together into a single narrative for my web site which you can read here.

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Day seven in the Balkans

May 17th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The last day of our trip (day seven) was the least challenging since it was the shortest and all around or in Pristina. Setting off at the (to us) late hour of 10 am, it was only a 20 minute drive to the site of the Battle of Kosovo which has been called “the cradle […]

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Day six in the Balkans

May 16th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Day six – the penultimate one – and how did it go? We left our hotel in Skopje at 9 am and arrived at our hotel in Pristina at 6.20 pm and, in the intervening nine or so hours, we visited four locations in two countries in excellent weather (26C).   Starting the day with […]

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Day five in the Balkans

May 15th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Day five was wholly in North Macedonia but involved a lot of travel on some really poor roads. We left Ohrid in the south-east of the country and travelled north-west to the middle of the nation.  Here we visited the Stobi archaeological site which was a reminder of the long and rich history of this […]

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Day four in the Balkans

May 14th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Day four and time to move on to the third country of our tour: North Macedonia. It was 8.45 am when we left our hotel in Tirana and headed east. After a refreshment stop, we crossed the border at Qafe Thane and proceeded into North Macedonia. Now most people know Macedonia as the birthplace of […]

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Day two in the Balkans

May 12th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Starting at 9 am, the second day of our holiday was different from the first. To start with, we had all had a full night’s sleep. Then, except for a brief look at the Kosovan town of Gjakova, we spent the day over in Albania. Immediately the terrain changed as we drove on rough roads […]

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Day one in the Balkans

May 12th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I am a man who loves his sleep, so it was a tough gig for me to rise at 3.30 am on the departure day of my holiday. This was necessary because of the need to check in by 4.25 am for my flight from Luton Airport. I spent the night at the nearby Ibis […]

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BACK TO THE BALKANS: KOSOVO, ALBANIA & NORTH MACEDONIA

May 10th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

What was originally called on its formation in 1918 the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, then in 1929 was renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and in 1946 became the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia broke up in the course of three wars in the early 1990s into no less than seven small states.   […]

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Have you missed me?

May 4th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been blogging almost every day now for 19 years, but I’ve been silent on NightHawk for three weeks – not through choice but because of technical problems. These are now sorted, thanks to my friend Gary. I’m especially pleased because shortly I’ll be going on a holiday to the Balkans and I’d like to […]

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Have you ever heard of Mardin in Turkey?

January 24th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I hadn’t until last night when I had dinner in a Turkish restaurant called “Sumak” (the name of a spice) in the Crouch End district of north London. The walls of the restaurant are adorned with four large pictures of different cities: Paris, Rome, London, and one I did not recognise. I was told that […]

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