If you had told me a year ago that I would see the vast majority of ancient fortresses and fortified cities in the Balkans, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Driving in the Balkans is not an easy affair but with a little bit of preparation anyone can do it.
Prizren was the cultural and administrative center for Kosovo during Ottoman rule and it’s Turkish heritage is still very apparent with the cities mosques, Turkish bridges and the fortress that sits above the city.
The first thing you notice in Pristina is the amount of American flags. Outside government buildings, museums, libraries and the university there is an American flag, a tribute to the U.S. efforts, via NATO, to give Kosovo independence from Serbia.
Molly and I recently took a week to drive through Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Each of these countries felt like a new frontier where a mountain range, river or lake created a natural border.
A quick refresher on the terminology applied to Slavs living in the countries comprising the former Yugoslavia.