Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries. It features a castle, locally known as the Kala, most of which was built in the 13th century, although its origins date back to the 4th century BC. Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century.
Last autumn during my breeze travel through the Balkans I spent a few days in the mystical Albania...and besides the capital Tirana, I managed a (only-too-short) day trip to the gorgeous Berat. Considering the experience with cards never arriving from this area I have sent only two cards, but oh what a wonder, they arrived in only a few weeks, yay!