#Repost @helenabradbury (@get_repost) ・・・ WELCOME TO TIRANA! Does anyone know the reason why Tirana is so colourful? Cos I'm gonna tell ya! At first I loved the colourful city, then when I found out the reason behind it, I loved it even more. Edi Rama became the Mayor of Tirana in 2000 when the city was struggling to recover from the era of Communism, there was low employment, high crime and low pride in being Albanian and how long they had been isolated from the rest of the world by the communist leader, Enver Hoxha. But Eddie Rama was also an artist and he decided to start painting the grey, drab, communist architecture in bright colours. He noticed that the neighbourhoods he painted went from having a 10% tax payment from their residents to 100%, crime, littering and graffiti reduced and he realised the colourful transformation was restoring people's pride in their city, their home and their country. Eddie Rama is now the first socialist Prime Minister of Albania and Tirana continues to paint it's buildings with vibrant colours and patterns. You can see more on my stories!!💙💚💛🧡💜 . . . #albania #sharealbania #instalbaniaofficial #hello_worldpics #travellingthroughtheworld #living_europe #europe_greatshots #europe_vacations #natgeobalkan #balkantrip #ig_color #acolorstory #coloursofalbania2018 #cbviews #wonderful_places #bestplacestogo #bestcitybreaks #topeuropephoto #worldcaptures #places_wow #beautifuldestinations #travelanddestinations #tlpicks #travel_drops #best_worldplaces #colorsoftravel #travelxstyle01 #the_daily_traveller #thetravellersedition
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"When something good happens, travel to celebrate. If something bad happens, travel to forget. If nothing happens, travel to make something happen." 🗺😌 ~ Photo credit: @doyoutravel
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