Lake Skadar on the Albanian border, an ancient fortress, and a simple fishing village
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Inland, the forest had not a green leaf, yet. It was just whitish rock and brownâ€¦..a touch of green grass or plants, and the occasional flower. In this section there were almost no inhabitants, at all. I found just a few farmhousesâ€¦..and thatâ€™s it!
Rounding a major curve of a mountain, the view opened up. There were mountains close and far, far away, and in betweenâ€¦.a beautiful lake with little peaks to protect it. Lake Skadar which is also known as Lake ShkodĂ«r (Albanian), and Skadarsko jezero (Serbian) strattles the border with Albania and is the largest lake on the Balkan Penninsula. The Montenegrin part of the lake and its surrounds is one of the largest bird reserves in
Soon, I was approaching the lake. I passed through an area of wetlands with reeds growing as far was the eye could see. Then, water, water, everywhere, as the lake revealed itself to me.
There were remains of a fortress, Lesendro, built in the 17thcentury. It was taken by the Turks and returned in ruins. I drove to the other side of the causeway and found a place to park near a wine shop. On the banks of the lake â€¦â€¦one restaurant, a tour company office, and a wine shopâ€¦.food, entertainment, and wine!
I walked along the scary lake side of the railroad tracks as opposed to the scary road side where there was noâ€¦..NO shoulder to walk on. From time to time, I had to walk on the tracksâ€¦..as the slope of the bank was too great. I almost slid down the back several times.
It was very sad to see this great fortress resting aside the lake with a rail track barrier to one side and a power line tower at its point.
I walked back to the car and left. I didnâ€™t get very far as I stopped again on the other side of the island. There was a poverty stricken fishing villageâ€¦.beautiful in its ravaged appearance. Vranjina is on the western slopes of what used to be the largest island in