09.14.2012 - 09.14.2012
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I enjoyed this day trip immensely. I saw so much of Albania's glorious history before the 20th century.
Skanderberg is a National Hero in Albania, who lived in the mid 1400s.
Kruja is an ancient city where his castle and fort were located. As late as the 1990s, only rubble was on this spot. It is now a spectacular museum.
This is a good example of the accomplishments of this country in the last two decades.
Next to the rebuilt castle is an 18th century ethnographic museum of a typical wealthy Muslim household. This is beautifully created.
The home had a room only for the women of the household.
And, of course, a room where the men met to smoke, eat, and discuss important matters.
Accessible only by a narrow stairway between the Men's room and the kitchen was a concealed balcony. Small holes were in the wall so women could place serving platters on the shelf and also peek at the men. Notice the oval hole in the blue painted area above the shelf.
A bazaar that has been selling goods for centuries is also in Kruja.
All that touring made us hungry.
Left to Right - Jane from Chicago, Diana our Albanian Friendship Force tour leader, Itonka President of the Albania Friendship Force chaptr.