Kosovo – Prizren
Posted on February 9, 2015
Like nowhere else we’ve been to on this trip, Prizren will suck you right into the heart of Balkan country and back a few centuries in time. It has it all – mountains, fortress, mosques and plenty of old style architecture, along with lots of people walking to and fro.
There’s been a lot of tough history here in this area, political, ethnic, religious. I won’t cover it. Try Google for that.
We arrive in the morning by bus from Pristina after a two hour journey. Instead of taking a taxi to our hotel, Suzi thinks nothing of our dragging heavy suitcases a mile over cobblestones, rough sidewalks, no sidewalks and potholes to our destination. She had been here before and knows the lay of the land. We are lucky to be in a very nice hotel not far from the Stone Bridge. We have quite a view of the neighboring mosque from the top floor skylight window. With the window open, we can easily hear the plaintive calls to prayer.
The room is nicely appointed. The bathroom has a few unusual features.
One uses the left hand for essential cleaning duties, reserving the right hand for eating. We are accustomed to using toilet tissue, which was supplied.
The shower does not come with a curtain so we are careful in aiming the hand-held shower wand so as not to wet down the sink, toilet and toilet paper roll.
We soon join the throngs on the streets for a day of exploration.
Goodness, how we work up an appetite. Just around the corner from “our” mosque is a tiny cafe, just the place for us to check out.
Now it’s time to cross that crystal clear, swiftly flowing Bistrica River, sourced right up there in the mountains. It’s Serbian name means clear water.
Vendors sell their various goods along the sides of the river walkways.
Suzi is a lucky gal. She got a new iPhone for Christmas from her parents. Here she’s testing out some of the camera features.
Guess who gets the old camera? That’s what moms are for.
We pass a butcher shop. Let’s drop in and look around.
There’s almost no meat in the cases. I suppose they lop off a piece to order.
As we walk along we pass first one, then other shops selling nuts. Nuts seem to be a favorite snack food. Beats candy bars.
By now, you know what happens in the afternoon – our thoughts turn to coffee and cakes. Here’s a popular looking place. Let’s try it out.
We’ve now worn out this day as the sun’s rays fade away.
The morning breaks cold and clear. We head for breakfast, three flights down on the ground floor, in a really nice room heated by a free-standing wood stove. There are three menu choices. We order one of each. Since local food is something we usually look forward to when we travel and helps describe the cultural scene, I do take lots of photos of what we are served.
Today our objective is to find a way to the fortress. Our map app shows two options. Up we go.
We meet defeat. The route becomes too steep and icy. This is no time to risk broken bones. A couple of young fellows happen by. They quite eagerly offer to help us continue. I could see that going up was one thing, but coming back down would be excessively hazardous. We decline their offer. We return to the flatland and explore another part of town.
We come by a really classy looking church. Unfortunately the door is locked, like most Christian churches in these parts. There’ve been too many troubles over the years to risk more.
Right in front of the church was a small parking area with a much needed toilet.
Directly in front is the much needed facility.
We mosey on back toward the town center.
Blast. It’s time for lunch again. We saw a place yesterday on the side of the hill under the fortress. Let’s go there.
Back down on the street again, we do more exploring.
It’s getting late and we need a good bottle of local wine to end the day. We drop down to an underground grocery store to fulfill our needs.
Here’s our last impression of Prizren, a really fine place to spend a holiday.