Kosovo Journals

First Time in Kosovo

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A travel journal to Kosovo by fizzytom

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Quote: A few days in Kosovo - Pristina and Prizren. Where to stay, what to eat and things to see

Liburnia

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Restaurant | "A Taste of Kosovo"

Liburnia Photo, Pristina, Kosovo
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Visitors looking for traditional local cuisine in the Kosovo capital Pristina may find it useful to arrive armed with a map and/or guidebook. Kosovans are very proud of their hard won independence and the national flag hangs proudly across the country (apart from in the Serb held enclaves such as Mitrovica) but this national pride does not really extend to promoting Kosovan dishes.There are, in my opinion, a couple of possible explanations for this. One is that there is a large NGO contingent in Kosovo, especially Americans, and enterprising locals have taken advantage of this lucrative market by opening swish international style restaurants, rather than showcasing their own cuisine....Read More

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Liburnia
Rr. Meto Bajraktari
Pristina, Kosovo
+381 38 22 27 19

Prizren - The Jewel of Kosovo Pt II

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Grazing Cows in Prizren Centre Photo, Prizren, Kosovo
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We walked round to the "Kaderi the Kurila Tekke" (a 'tekke' being the Albanian word for the place where members of the Sufi order meet) but really wished we'd visited on a Friday afternoon as this is the only day where there is a public 'ziker' - better known to most people as the ceremony of the 'whirling dervishes', the name given to the devotional dance performed by Sufis (visitors to Istanbul may have attended a ziker). There are three tekkes in Prizren and like the others, this one has a small exhibition in which the traditional robes and ceremonial weapons are displayed. Passing through an old residential district, we started to make our way to the "kale" or fortress, just a ruin the...Read More

Prizren - The Jewel of Kosovo Pt I

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Prizren - a city surrounded by mountains Photo, Prizren, Kosovo
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Until I came to do some research for my trip to Kosovo in September 2010, Prizren was just a name to me. I vaguely recalled it being in the news when the country was engaged in its difficult struggle for independence from Serbia, but other than that I knew nothing. Any tourist literature, or any person who has ever been to Kosovo, will tell recommend a visit to Prizren. It's in the south of the country about an hour and a half to two hours bus trip from Prishtina, the capital, depending on the level of traffic which can be very heavy at times, and hardly helped by the poor roads. Alternatively, if you happen to be in northern Macedonia, Prizren would make an interesting and easy day trip, and, i...Read More

Pristina - an overview (part 2)

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Pristina's National Library Photo, Kosovo, Europe
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The heart of the city is Mother Theresa Boulevard, a pedestrianised street lined with shops (mostly international stores that only NGO workers can afford to shop in) and cafes. The area comes alive from late afternoon as school children finish for the day, followed by university students and then office workers. Gradually portable kiosks and little trestle tables start to appear on the boulevard. There's popcorn, doughnuts, hot nuts and candy floss. Old ladies sell paper cones stuffed with pumpkin seeds; giant open chillers filled with ice creams of every colour are dragged out of little yards and hauled onto the boulevard. Then come the mobile phone sellers; they get lots of people coming to have a l...Read More

Pristina - an overview (Part 1)

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Old meets new in Pristina Photo, Pristina, Kosovo
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Slowly we are working our way through the countries that formerly made up the Yugoslav federation; not only is Kosovo the last to achieve its independence, it's also the world's youngest state. In September 2010 we had planned to travel through Serbia en route to our place in Slovenia but, looking one day at the atlas, I was struck by how close (I have no spatial awareness or concept of distance) the Kosovan capital Prishtina appeared on the map; our plans were altered accordingly. The first thing you'll notice on arriving in Kosovo is that there appear to be more Albanian flags flying than Kosovan. After first Slovenia, then Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and finally Macedonia left the f...Read More

Hotel Sara

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Hotel | "Hotel Sara - Further Adventures in Pristina Hotel Land"

Hotel Sara Photo, Pristina, Kosovo
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Same city, another hotel. The hotel right next door in fact. Having spent the previous night in Hotel Begolli, we manage to (we think) check in to Hotel Sara without the manager of the first hotel noticing. There wasn’t anything drastically wrong with Hotel Begolli and Hotel Sara was no cheaper, priced at exactly €50 the same as Begolli, we decided to share our money around (and generate another review). These hotels are situated in what is referred to as the "Old Town" or "Bazaar district" of the Kosovo’s capital city, Prishtina. This is something of a red herring as there is very little of Old Prishtina left, but nonetheless it’s not a bad location; Prishtina is a massive spr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Hotel Sara
Maliq Pash Gjinolli St
Pristina, Kosovo

Hotel Begolli

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Hotel | "I'm Forever Blowing (Brown) Bubbles"

Hotel Begolli Photo, Pristina, Kosovo
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Potential visitors to Prishtina should not get excited by the mention of the "Old Town"; Prishtina actually has very little in the way of an old town and what it does have is hard to appreciate because of the sheer volume of traffic and the number of people in the streets. However, there are a couple of attractive mosques (one of which is currently being restored) and one or two well preserved Ottoman houses in the area. This is also the market area, and Prishtina's is as interesting and exciting as any you'll find in this part of Europe. We actually went into Hotel Sara first, where we were told that a double room, including breakfast, would cost €50 a night. This seemed a bit steep so we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2010

Hotel Begolli
Maliq pash Gjinolli Nr. 8
Pristina, Kosovo