As alluded to in my last post, the town of Berat rubbed me the right way. We were driving along and I glanced down at Google maps and said “hey guys, this is Berat”. We all kind of looked at each other… “we’re here? this is Berat?” … Moments later, we turned a corner and saw this: the old town. It was oozing with character.It’s one of those UNESCO World Heritage sites, and for good reason.Kind of a unique style of home hey? Our guesthouse was nestled away somewhere in this area. To get to it you had to hike up half the mountain (slippery stone steps on a steep incline) so we opted to take a small backpack rather than all our luggage. This is a sample of the streets (but a very flat area).We wanted to visit Castle Hill so in typical Dane and Amanda style, we just started walking in the general direction. We opted for a shortcut up the mountain and ran into some locals… Bessie the cow just mowing the lawn.She was a little bit thrown off by me and Dane and darted into the bushes.There were lots of other farmers chillin’ on the mountainside with their livestock. Actually in most of the Balkan countries, it’s not uncommon to see a donkey or a cow (or any other animal for that matter) just hanging out in the downtown core eating the grass… or tied to a tree on the side of a curvy, one-car-wide mountain road (high probability of getting smucked by traffic)… the animals feast where ever the hang their owner wants.When we arrived at the top, the sun was glistening and glowing.Some local kids were having a good ol’ football game.After soaking up the view, we mosied back down the mountain on the more civilized path.This. View. Though.The sun had set and we were ready for a feast.Stuffed grape leaves.Baked lamb and yoghurt sauce.Baked eggplant.We keep bumping into the same people on this trip, in various cities. So we enjoyed the evening chatting away to a couple lads – one from Wales, one from Israel.
This was the morning view out our window. Can’t even do it justice. It (almost) made up for the uncleanliness of the guesthouse. Gag.
We just stayed one night in this town… a quick pitstop on the way to the coast. We sure loved it though. An unexpected gem!