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A Nation of Shopkeepers

There is something nice about being in a city free of supermarkets, department stores and the high street chains. Tirana is a city of small shops. Every street seems to have a row of butchers, bakers and fishmongers. There are boutiques, shoe shops, mobile phone stores, toy stores and hardware stores. Then there are the corner stores, selling some fruit and veg, a few groceries, and some cleaning products together with those unexpected items that suggest something bought in cheap on a whim. Most of these stores are small; many are tiny - able to hold three or four people at most. Here is a small selection of the many, many shops on the streets of Tirana.


Tirana Beer Lover said…
Greece is sort of like that but they are changing now since the big American style stores come here.

Also, I put another post to you in the WMD post for you. A qestion about Serbia vs Albania. Who was bad and who was good during war.
ITS said…
Great Pictures! Keep them coming.

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