This morning we drove approximately 2 hours to Berat, Albania. Along the way we stopped at the city of Elbasan. In the centre of the city are the remains of old fortifications and a number of old buildings.
But before we explored, we had to have our morning coffee at a nearby cafe!
Old fortifications and the clock tower
Fortifications and the new city outside
Saint Mary Orthodox Church
An orange tree in a back yard
The King Mosque
There are street side cafés everywhere
After our exploration of Elbasan, we continued on to Berat, a town with a castle on a hill and several well preserved neighbourhoods of Ottoman style houses.
Part of the castle walls
An old church within the castle
Street scenes within the castle
View of Gorica neighbourhood from the castle
View of the new part of Berat from the castle
Apartment buildings and a sports field
University of Berat, apparently closed last year due to funding cuts
A pedestrian bridge
View of the Mangalem neighbourhood from the restaurant where we had supper.
Exploring the lanes of old Berat
The view from our guesthouse terrace at night