Friday, February 03, 2012

A VISIT TO KOSOVO

PRISHTINA, KOSOVO - OCTOBER 2010


"HOTEL PRISHTINA - SOMETIMES SMALLER IS BETTER..."


"BUT NOT NECESSARILY BEAUTIFUL..."


"A ROOM WITH A VIEW"


"COUNCIL OF MINISTERS BUILDING"


"STREETS OF PRISHTINA - With Cristiano Ronaldo at the grocery shop..."


"PRISHTINA - STREETS, MONUMENTS AND THEATRE"


"YOUTH PALACE - OLD DAYS"


"CENTRAL BANK, UNIVERSITY, LIBRARY & AMERICAN SCHOOL"


"MOSQUES AND CHURCH"


"MODERN BUILDING"


"MUSEUM"


"MARKET"


"ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL"


"MOTHER THERESA"


"RESTAURANTS & PARKS"

62 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Sorry for the delay in posting but time has been short lately...
This is a post on an unusual travel destination, to say the least! The trip I had the chance to make was not for tourist purposes, but it is interesting to show also some «off the beaten trek» towns too... Hope you like to see Prishtina!! Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

Cloudia said...

Good one.
Love the fun mirror shot



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Regina said...

Hi this a nice a place!

Thank you for sharing.

Enjoy your weekend.

SusuPetal said...

A true mix of old and new architecture! Interesting.

Have a nice weekend, Gil.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

The youth palace looks very different and interesting!

Its hard to imagine that this wonderful place was riddled by conflict sometime ago..... am very happy to note that all of that is the past now.

joo said...

Seems it's a place worth a visit!
Have a great weekend:)

alicesg said...

Your life is filled with lots of adventure. Love the street scenes and the market place with colourful fruits.

Leena said...

We had here as friend one family from Kosovo in those years, when they needed a safe place. We visited them and they visited us. One son married with a girl of Bulgaria and went there, other son went back to Kosovo with his parents after few years here.
It makes good to see also countries not so ready for tourists.
good weekend to you, Gil and your wife !

Peter said...

So happy to find a new post!!!

Of course, I would also hardly imagine to include Prishtina in my immediate pleasure trips plans... but it's really interesting to see what it looks like. It's nice when the job can bring you to new, yet unvisited places ... especially if you find a little time for visiting!

Lawstude said...

wow. i never thought kosovo could be this lovely. i always associate the place with bad news. good thing you brought light into in. awesome job :)

P.N. Subramanian said...

It was nice of you to tell us about Krishtina. Tall modern buildings do not fascinate me. I would settle for the domed church. Market is amazing.

Ted Roth said...

Thank you, Trotter. I am fascinated to see photos of such places. No sign of past troubles in the photos? It is good to see it looking so "normal." Disappointing to see it looking so much like everywhere. The salad looks great!

diane b said...

It is a little different. I like the market shots.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Kosovo looks appealing. How nice to see it so lovely.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Love the market pictures, so colorful and appealing. Hope you're doing well!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice glimpses of Prishtina, Kosova. Loved the monuments, the streets, the bazaar of spices,fruits & vegetables, the restaurants & parks..... Hey whats a statue of Mother Theresa doing in Kosovo? (I think she is actually of Albanian origin before she moved to Kolkata in India at a very young age to carry out missionary work)
Best Wishes Ram

M.Kate said...

Beautiful pictures and post Gil. Wow..Kosova seems so far away for me. Hope you are doing well and cant wait to see the next post. Happy weekend soon.

Lara @ Uproad said...

unbelievable! you reached Kosovo too ;)))! looks quite nice...

leo said...

Hi Gil, missed your post. Kosovo is a good start/return :P
Liking the market pic where the colors stood out against the usual grey backdrop. Hv a good weekend.

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shooting star said...

nice clicks of an interesting place gill!!!

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Ron said...

Very nice post. I didn't know that Kosovo could have so much beauty.

eye in the sky said...

Oh wow! Kosovo! What could be a more interesting place! We also have Cristiano Ronaldo in the Philippines... but on a very frequent shampoo commercial on the tele. LOL

Welcome back! Glad to see a new post here. :)

A Lady's Life said...

Nice town look to it and no snow???
Now thats a treat lol

Gattina said...

From your pictures one wouldn't believe that there was such a terrible war there not so long time ago !

Nikon said...

Hi Gil, I like the shots of the market & the tree-lined street the most I think.
The architecture certainly is varied, I prefer the old buildings!

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

Uh uh, a stunning destination indeed!

magiceye said...

Thank you for taking us along on this virtual tour of Prishtina!

Cheers!

Rajesh said...

Great place to visit.

Ola said...

that was a real surprise to see you in Kosovo!
At least the markets are very colorful

BLOGitse said...

It's interesting how kids and markets look the same all over the world... :)

Light and Voices said...

Snow is sticking on the ground now. I am wishing to go to that outdoor fruit and vegetable market. Perhaps I am hungry. Whatever.
Joyce M

Alexander said...

Some very interesting photos and nice structures here.

Alexander
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Pietro said...

Hello Gil! Interesting post about Kosovo, I've enjoyed all the images! Nice the mosques and church collage!

rochambeau said...

Hello Gil and Mrs. Trotter!
Thank you for sharing your photos of Kosovo! It interests me especially because we have a friend in New Orleans from there and now because of you, at least I've seen a bit of the country because of you two!!
Have a happy Valentine's Day!

xox
Constance

Thérèse said...

Not a place on our wishlist but I am glad to see through your eyes how it looks like.

Cergie said...

Il est des pays témoins de l'histoire où il faut aller avant qu'ils ne changent...

yyam said...

Thanks for a tour of this place. It looks beautiful! :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I like a lot!......with red being my favorite color, I also love that small hotel with lots of red. :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Lovely photos.Very interesting place. I was thrilled to see mother Teresa's statue there.

Best wishes,
Joseph

juka14 said...

Thanks for sharing these photos. Places like these don't always get enough attention.

lyliane said...

Ce n'est pas particulièrement beau.
Comment allez vous? je suis allée en Islande j'ai vraiment aimé, mais je suis restée au retour, 15 jours couchée souffrant de mon dos.
Mais ça va mieux, le temps aussi, nous avons eu ici -16° et beaucoup de neige.

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magda said...

Dear Trotter,
Were surprised!
I had to combine the Kosovo with the war. Now you see, through your great pictures, very nice places, monuments, modern buildings ...
I am very pleased that proceeded the life ...
many greetings

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! Let’s profit from the little time available to reply to your kind comments. Thanks a lot for not letting this blog perish...

Cloudia,
Amazing isn’t it? ;)

Regina,
Nice? People there are quite nice and I have some very good friends there...

Susu,
Old is dominant; but new is growing...

Rakesh,
The palace is typically soviet style... There are still some issues to solve, but things are going far better nowadays...

Joo,
Well, if you have friends there... Anyhow, any place deserves a visit...

Alice,
This can be thought as some kind of adventure... ;)

Leena,
There were also many Kosovars in Portugal during those days... And there are still some Portuguese troops in Kosovo!!

Peter,
Not exactly a top tourist destination... ;) But it’s interesting to have a chance to visit it anyway!!

Lawstude,
Not always bad news...

P.N.,
Prishtina... The domed church, however. Has a tricky story to tell and actually was never finished...

Trotter said...

Part Two:

Ted,
It’s true that things are becoming «normalized» everywhere... The salads are absolutely fantastic there!!

Diane,
That market was impressive. All kinds of peppers... and all colours... ;)

Keats,
Appealing? Well, when one is curious...

Rhonda,
Wow! Great to read you back here!!

Ram,
Mother Teresa was Albanian and the majority of the Kosovars are of Albanian descent... No wonder to see her statue there...

M.Kate,
Some years ago it looked far away for almost everybody...

Lara,
Incredible, but true... ;))

Leo,
It was a very very colourful market...

Shengen Visa,
Spam, deleted...

Star,
Thanks!!

Ron,
People wouldn’t be expecting much, but it’s improving!!

Trotter said...

Part Three:

Eye,
Cristiano Ronaldo and Linic (my shampoo before he joined the club): what a combination... ;))

Lady,
No snow in October 2010... ;)

Gattina,
You’re absolutely right!!

Paul,
The picture of the girls going to school is also one of my favourites on this post. The market colours were awesome!!

G@tto,
You were surprised, confess... ;))

Magic,
My pleasure!!

Rajesh,
Are you sure?

Ola,
I think it was a surprise for almost everybody on this blog... ;))

Blogitse,
You’re absolutely right!!

Joyce,
The market was a must!!

Alex,
Thanks!!

Trotter said...

Part Four, and final, for the time being...

Pietro,
Great that you liked!!

Constance,
Great to contribute to your knowledge of your friend’s country capital city!!

Thérèse,
That’s an interesting way of putting it... ;))

Lucie,
Il changera vite...

Yvonne,
Beautiful? OK! Your eyes are always so kind...

Lynn,
I must confess it wasn’t that easy to be awaken in that room... Too much red... ;)

Joseph,
No wonder; she was Albanian...

Juka,
Or they get attention for bad reasons... ;)

Lyliane,
Tu as raison!! L’Islande elle est bien jolie... Mais le mal au dos st terrible !! Moins 16º? C’est la folie complète… ;)

Shengen Visa,
Spam deleted!!

Magda,
War ended some time ago, fortunately...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Glad to see Kosovo at peace and beginning to rebuild. Prishtina looks like a bustling city!

Trotter said...

Pat,
It's true that at peace must be much better...

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Hi again
So we are back.. and still like it!
NIce to see your travels!
Many greetings
Yvonne & Raphael

Trotter said...

Y & R,
Thanks!!

seema gupta said...

Great architecture..superb shoots
Regards

Trotter said...

Seema,
Great to see you back!! Thanks!!

A Lady's Life said...

I missed Mother Teresa the first time. We don't see her in stone very often.
She should be having done so much good work in her life. More people should remember her especially in India.

rochambeau said...

Hi Gil,
Thank you for taking me to Puerto Rico!! Adore those pastille buildings, especially. You say your and Mrs. T. are not traveling right now. It's also nice great be home, don't you think? To travel in your imagination is so much fun, too!!

Happy March to you both!

xox
Constance

Light and Voices said...

Question are those bars/fences for universities or banks? Country looks entirely different than I expected with the modern buildings and fountains and power plants.
Joyce M

Trotter said...

Lady,
It was the first time I saw a statue of Mother Teresa

Constance,
Puerto Rico is on the other post... ;)

Joyce,
Central bank, I presume...

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. Love it.

Trotter said...

Rajesh,
Thanks! You had already been here... ;)

Lakshmi said...

would love to visit this place sometime..have a great time

Trotter said...

Lakshmi,
It's definitely off the beaten track...