That is how Albania is described by the famous Swiss blogger.

“Suisse moi” is a famous Swiss travel blog. Recently they have published a video about Albania.

In this video is described the journey of Sylvain Nicolier, a nomad traveller, who has travelled around the world for lots of years promoting beautiful landscapes sometimes in a humoristic way. Before starting this new adventure he asked online for suggestions or challenges about what to do in Albania. And finally the day to come to Albania has arrived…

He is a freestyler, as it is also shown by the way he starts his video, on the top of a car in Tirana. He visits the city of Tirana, meeting people down the street, playing like a child in the park, climbing up the Pyramid of the ex – dictator or bunkers of the communist regime. According to him, Tirana is the city that best represents the country, with a mix of architectural styles and religions.

His journey continues to Elbasan. He focuses on the little morning customs of the city, children playing in the park, youngsters enjoying a coffee outdoor and elderlies playing domino. For lunch Sylvain decides to taste the famous byrek.

His next stop is in Tushemisht, besides the lake of Ohrid and after that in Korca, where he manages to find folk dancers performing in the city center. He also tastes the local cuisine such as qofte and beer “Korca”.

He continues his trip inVoskopoja, Rehova, thermal water in Benja, a magical and quite place where Sylvain also decides to take a bath. He didn’t miss the city of the flowers, Permet, the Blue Eye, where he had to jump in the cold water as part of a challenge, Saranda and the Albanian Riviera. One of the challenges proposed was to roller skate down to Dhermi. And the challenge was of course accepted and accomplished.

The blogger promises to return in Albania, once again to visit the north of the country.

Sylvain arrived to Albania the 6th of May, and he has spent 10 days in this amazing country.

The one thing that made Sylvain doubtful about his journey was the language. He thought before departure, that it would be hard for him to find English or French speaking people everywhere. He knew for sure that his sister, Anouk, his producer, Geoffroy Dubrueil, and one car would be in Albania waiting for him.

It has been almost two years that Sylvain travels through the unusual concept of Suisse moi (Swiss me).

He has already been to Marok, Togo, Quebec, Mexico etc.

He has developed an entirely new concept or way of traveling. He follows neither touristic travel guides, nor group tours organized by touristic agencies. He organizes the steps of his trip on his own and through suggestions or challenges proposed by others. He aims to discover the world in different aspects such as food, traditions and sports. Then he shares his adventure online by the videos he takes while traveling.

On his second video of Albania you can see how he challenges himself to eat the head of a lamb, eye included and “playing” the cifteli a traditional Albanian music instrument.

As for the name he confesses that he wanted to play with words such as “Swiss me in Mexico” or “Swiss me in Corsica”.   

Source : http://www.suissemoi.com/2016/05/15/cote-albanaise/


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Mercedes choses Albania as the adequate place for its new advertisement

Mercedes choses Albania as the adequate place for its new advertisement

Albania is still an unspoiled country in Europe. This country has a very unique combination of blue turquoise sea and 2700 m high mountains. Its villages are small but very characteristic and its population welcoming and friendly. But because of its terrain, it is not easy to travel through Albania. There are a lot of areas which cannot be reached by car, but only on foot or horseback. That’s why Albania was the new scenery for Mercedes’ advertisement. Through a one day trip the Mercedes’ crew traveled about 75 km in the south of the country, through the Shushica valley. The journey started at the famous Albanian Riviera, with its breathtaking landscapes.

This could be considered as a both fun and business trip for Mercedes. The visited a region well known for its beauty, yet not visited by many. They also discovered an old caste and a mosque, an ideal place for a small break in order to rest and admire the marvelous view of the valley.

The driver of new Mercedes Benz GLE, Gunther Holzmann, knows Albania very well and he feels like home in this country. As he says: “We offroaders love nature as well as the people you meet in these last-remaining ‘wild’ places”.


Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXKkbLZ0Icg










Source: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/vehicles/passenger-cars/gle-class/offroad-tracks-through-albania-in-a-gle/


Boston Globe : Albania, an undiscovered gem!

Albania and the city of Berat are considered by Boston Globe as a touristic destination for 2016. The author of this article, Christopher Muther refers to Albania as an undiscovered gem.

The author describes the lack of infrastructure, the bad condition of roads, not a good public transport and the limited access on the internet.  But according to him these are the reasons why this country is worth visiting.

In his article he also mentions’ the beautiful Albanian Riviera, referring to it as breathtaking.

Description of the Boston Globe:

This is not a place for tourists in search of luxury, or for inexperienced travelers, but I can assure you that what you get for the price you pay is really great. If you are not sure about traveling there by your own, you can contact a travel agency. For many years Albania was an isolated country, but since the fall of the communist regime it is a well - known travel destination. In Albania you may notice lack of infrastructure, bad road conditions, not a good public transport and limited internet access. But exactly because of these you should visit this undiscovered gem. The beaches along the Riviera are breathtaking.

Direct flight? NO. Best time to travel to Albania? September.