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Tirana, Albania Street Scenes

Some pictures from around the city.


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Chimara_Bazaar.jpg

Chimara_Bazaar.jpg


Tirana_Office_Max.jpg

Tirana_Office_Max.jpg


Tirana_post_office.jpg
Waiting_to..the_Pyramid.jpg

Waiting_to..the_Pyramid.jpg

Courthouse_and_jail.jpg

Courthouse_and_jail.jpg


Ancient_little_bridge.jpg

Ancient_little_bridge.jpg


castle footprint

castle footprint


At_the_end..h_of_lights.jpg

At_the_end..h_of_lights.jpg


Finally___ice_cream.jpg

Albanian_light_rail.jpg

Albanian_light_rail.jpg


Horsecart pulling cement mixer by the Tirana airport

Horsecart pulling cement mixer by the Tirana airport


LaLa's Place

LaLa's Place


During the communist era, all buildings were gray concrete. After the people's liberation, the Mayor of Tirana began a project to make the city more colorful. All government buildings were painted the same colors, apartments were painted cheerful colors - some with designs such as trees, flowers, and climbing vines.
Colorful apartments

Colorful apartments


Albanian American Embassy

Albanian American Embassy


At least 25% of the buildings around the city have been abondonded before they are finished. There are single family homes, apartment complexes, and even industrial buildings. Apparently for the past 40 years, construction would start and funding would disappear so the buildings are just left unfinished. In some cases 2-3 level homes are finished on the lower levels, but the top levels remain unfinished. I think this is why you seldom see homeless living on the streets as you do in Denver - there are many places in which to set up a permanent camp.
Abandoned construction

Abandoned construction

Typical_scene.jpg

Typical_scene.jpg


Rode the red bus at least twice a day

Rode the red bus at least twice a day


tirana_square_at_night.jpg

tirana_square_at_night.jpg

Posted by pscotterly 09.30.2012 22:20 Archived in Albania

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