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Park Life

There are more photographs from the park on my Flickr page.


Selfmade Radio said…
I love your pics, Alwin. Love the light, i missed it :)
ourmanintirana said…
Thanks. Yesterday - Sunday - was a great day. It was sunny and warm without being too harsh.It looks like we may finally be getting into Spring
ITS said…
Great pictures... Remind me of why I love this city... An old dude with white socks, and dark dress shoes selling roasted chestnuts on the streets... the family guy with a beat-up three-piece suit, old guys sporting neckties in the park, and the ever-present street dogs

yeah, the jogger looks "yummy" too
Anonymous said…
Thanks for posting the photos, not much has changed - but are there still men/boys selling bananas?

never tasted better bananas than in Tirana, always perfect degree of ripeness - NOT like the green things they try to sell us in the USA
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the pictures, Tirana is beautiful in the spring.
ourmanintirana said…
Thanks everyone. You are welcome. I realised it had been a while since I had taken pictures.

Now that Spring has arrived I'll try and keep them coming more regularly.

The banana sellers are still there - they are usually about 20 lek each, sometimes 25.
Kate and David said…
Alwyn, thanks for your email! Please send us your email address so we can be in contact. Thanks, Kate & David
ourmanintirana said…
K & D you can get me on I'm also on Skpe at alwynt

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