Deep in the heart of North Albania, nestled in the foothills of the Albanian Alps, lies a curious little town named Pukë (pronounced Puka).
An intriguing blend of old stone houses and Alpine-inspired architecture with a tall, white mosque tower rising proudly out of the centre, the town of Pukë is one of the highest in the country. Surrounded on all sides by sprawling pine forest, with the snow-lined peaks of the Accursed Mountains looming imposingly in the distance, it was the perfect place for us to spend a week getting a taste of rural Albanian life.
As we walked in search of our morning coffee and byrek the streets were alive with activity; women walking around with armfuls of fresh bread, crowds of men chatting and smoking in the local billiard halls, children crowding at the school gates to buy snacks from a vendor and people stocking up their cars with supplies from the mini market, to take to some faraway village no doubt.
Over the course of the next few days we would begin to recognise the same faces; likewise the bakers and shopkeepers we visited had begun to recognise us. The same police car patrolled slowly up and down the main street, its two officers smoking cigarettes and stopping to chat or move on the occasional badly parked car.
It had a wonderfully small town feel to it that reminded us so much of Cornwall and made us feel instantly safe and welcome. This was only day one of our time here and already we had so much to look forward to...
If you’re ever in the North of Albania make sure you hit up our friends at @discover_puka for a truly authentic experience of Albanian life and a tour of this beautiful area of the world.
Oh hey it’s me 👋🏼 I’m probably overdue for a picture of myself on here. I miss seeing everyone in real life but for now at least we have this. For once I’m grateful for the connection social media brings us.
When the wind bites, there is no better way to be protected from the chills and still look fashionable than wearing a classic Russian cossack hat.
I've always wanted one. So, I bought mine from Izmailovsky Market in Moscow 🇷🇺. Isn't it lovely? 🥰
On the other hand, I'm currently on my 3rd day of house arrest. So, I'm taking advantage of this #stayhome initiative to post some of my previous travel photos that will surely crumble in my hard drive if I'm not gonna upload it.😅
📸: Fujifilm X-T20
You don't wanna miss this famous department store in Moscow. Yasss!!! You read it right, It's a department store. ✨
This pseudo-Russian style edefice, mixed with neoclassical was built in 1893. (See the next photo if you wanna travel back in time to GUM in its year of opening.)😉
Furthermore, In 1930, Joseph Stalin closed the GUM. Then, the government departments and ministries occupied the premises. Stalin even attempted to demolish it, not just once but twice (in 1935 & 1947). Yet still, the historic store survived and it remains the favorite shopping block of many Muscovites. Definitely worth a visit for the curious minds!
And FYI, GUM in full is "Glavny Universalny Magazin" which means "Main Department Store" in english. Also, it is pronounced as "goom".
📸 Photo Credits to The Urban Imagination - Harvard University for the second photo.
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Vou encerrar a noite desta quarta-feira com um registro poético de uma noite na Zona Rural de Petrolina, a capital do sertão, pense numa imagem linda 😍
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