BALKANS

Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine

November 2006


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The highlights of this trip were the cities of the Balkans.
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Itinerary

  • 9 Nov: Bari-Durres (Albania) 11pm-8am 72E
  • $1=90 leke
  • Visa 10E
  • 10 Nov Durres-Berat bus 2hrs $3
  • Berat: +Old town
  • Berat-Tirana bus 3hrs $3
  • Tirana-Tetovo (Macedonia) 21:00-5:00 15E
  • Macedonia: Tetovo-Skopje 1h
  • No visa for Macedonia or Serbia
  • Euro is the currency
  • 1E=60 dinari
  • Skopje: Kamen Most, Daud Pasha Baths, Sveti Spas church, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Castle, View with main post office, Carsija, Janko Konstantinov's Posta/ Central Post Office (1974)
  • Skopje-Belgrade train 10hours 21E
  • 11/11 Serbia
  • $1=50 dinari
  • Belgrade Hotel Royal E30
  • Belgrade: Sveti Sava, Sveti Marko, Parliament, Monastery of Suponica, Kalemegdan, South of Kalemegdan
  • Nov 12: Belgrade-Bucharest 16:30-6:00 12hours 52E
  • Nov 13: Bucharest $1=2.80 lei
  • Moldova visa 51E
  • Bucharest: Palace of the People/ Casa Poporului (1989), Catedrala,
  • Bucharest-Kisinau train 19:33-9:00 E28
  • Nov 14: Kisinau $1=13 lei
  • No visa for Ukraine (USa passport only)
  • $1=5 hryvnia
  • Bus to Odessa 67 lei 12:40-18:00
  • Odessa-Lviv train 21:00-9:00 $15
  • Yalta: +Druzhba Holiday Center Hall
  • Nov 15: Lviv
  • Lviv: Rynor Square, Cathedral, Transfiguration Church, Assumption Church, Bernadine Monastery, St Nicholas,
  • Nov 16: Lviv-Kiev-Istanbul $330
  • Kiev: ++Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra of 1051, +St Sophia cathedral/ Sofiysky Sobor of 1031, +St Michael's, Church of the Savior in Berestovo (12th c)
  • Yalta: Igor Vasilevsky's Druzhba Sanitarium (1986)
  • Sevastopol

Notes (2014)

  • Pictures
  • Belgrade: the bus station is to the left of the train station (when you exit the train station) and it is really easy (same bus station for all buses)
  • 1 euro= 110 dinars (2014)
  • To get to Studenica: Bus to Usce (1100 = 10 euros, 4.5 hours) + hitchhike or taxi the 11kms from Usce to Studenica
  • To go to Gracianica from Studenica: hitchhike back to Usce and take the bus to Microvice (500 dinars) then take the minivan to Gracianica that leaves from the Bishevac restaurant/hotel (20 euros for a single room)
  • Gracianica is actually just 10 minutes from Pristina but it is Serbian Kosovo, just like half of Mitrovice.
  • Cyrillic is disappearing from Serbia (and all but disappeared from Kosovo and Montenegro).
  • The dinar is only used in Serbia. You can pay with euros just about everything in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo.
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