The 40 Saints Monastery in Saranda and Its Place in Local History

Today, the 40 Saints Monastery in Saranda is nothing more than a ruin, but it remains an important visitor attraction. In fact, the 40 Saints Monastery is responsible for giving the Albanian town of Saranda its name. “Saranda” is an approximation of the Greek word for 40—σαράντα (Saránta). Even...

An Unpleasant Experiment with Albanian Sheep Milk Cheese (YAK!)

Although I remember seeing goat’s cheese on the shelves of British supermarkets, other than feta, I don’t remember ever seeing any cheese made with sheep milk. Nor do I recall seeing any for sale in the Netherlands during the time I was living there, but it’s possible to buy...

Butrint: The Most Visited Cultural Tourist Destination in Albania

Today I went to Butrint. It’s a national park located a few kilometres south of Ksamil. Butrint is the Albanian name. In English, it’s called Buthrotum. According to the map/guide I was given before I entered the park, Butrint is the “most visited cultural tourist destination” in Albania. For...

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