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Christmas Greetings

Our Man in Tirana is taking a break for a couple of weeks, though there may be one or two postings between now and the new year. Thanks to everyone who has read, linked and commented over the past year. Happy Christmas. Happy New Year. I will be back in early January. Until then, here are some pictures of the Christmas decorations in the city.

Comments

DAI said…
Thanks, Alwyn, for the greetings and all the thoughtful postings of 2006! Have wonderful holidays and keep up the good work next year. Meantime, the best of wishes to you and your dear ones!
Anonymous said…
Thank you for all your posts and pictures.

Gëzuar festat!
Adela&Radu said…
Thank you for all that you have brought to us in the past year. You have truly been our man in Tirana. :)

Gezuar!!!
tetena said…
Thank you from Paris and un Happy New Year
Llukan said…
Thanks for all the postings Alwyn, happy holidays!!!

Gëzuar Festat :)
traveller one said…
well Alwyn... thanks for these nice photos- I was thinking about taking them myself and now I don't have to do it!
Have a wonderful Christmastime!
Peace and Joy in the New Year.
Kim
bryan-in-greece said…
Season's greetings to you too, Alwyn, more power to your blogging in 2007 - a fascinating read always...!!!
e.T said…
Gezuar festat!
OurGoodManinTirana
N.Ago said…
They send me the fotos with e-mail!I haven't any reason to not tell it.Happy new year.

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