I am sure many of you wonder why we chose to include Kosovo on our itinerary this trip. The best, and probably the simplest answer, is that in order to get a sense of what happened in all of the former Yugoslav states, we needed to visit Kosovo as well. The name alone implies the same war-heavy weight and connotations of horror that places like Vietnam still do. As such, we weren't anticpating nor looking for a fun loving, relaxing time either in Prizren or in Pristina, the country's capital, and our next destination. For us, these long trips are always inteneded to be a combination of fun, adventure and learning. Kosovo, it's safe to say, would fall into that latter category.
When we walked in, we had it to ourselves to admire. A few minutes later, a number of Orthodox priests and faithful entered. It was completed in 1887 but was sadly destroyed by an Albanian mob in 2004. Like the Catholic church we had just seen, this too had been reconstructed since. Unlike many, or possibly even most Orthodox churches we've been in so far this trip, this one had no admission.
People in the Balkans sure must love gaily colored shoelaces because seeing roadside vendors with them for sale was a common sight. Shoeshine men were a fairly common sight in this part of the world, I noticed.
The area set aside for female worshippers:
Steven peered inside but I didn't feel comfortable as a woman going beyond the rotunda where men were also praying. I feel I should know so more about the Muslim faith and their religious practices after visiting so many mosques since we began our overseas travels.
Another view of the the Kaljaja Fortress:
In the courtyard was the
We sat on a bench here for a good while just soaking up the warm weather as we were pooped out and needed a breather before continuing our explorations of Prizren!
After spending several hours exploring Prizren, we needed to rest up in our 'zebra room' at the hostel before going out for dinner!