Ujvara e Drinit te Bardhe Waterfall

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Directions:  (Driving)  Turn right out of Bravo Gate at the U.S. Embassy.  Go down the hill.  Take a right at the bottom of the road onto Ahmet Krasniqi.  At the first circle, take the 3rd option to get onto E-65/M-2/E-80 (toward Shkup / Viva Fresh / airport).  At the second circle, quickly take the first option toward the airport / Peje (M-9).  From here, you are staying on this road about 76 km (48 miles).  Stay with M-9, continuing toward the airport.  When the road splits at the next circle, continue with M-9 toward the airport (essentially bearing to the left).  Continue with the M-9 past the airport.  When the road splits, stay right, going toward Peje / Pec (away from Tirane).  Pass the turn off for Mallisheve.  Go through the town of Balince.  Pass through the town of Kijeve.  Pass the turn off for Gjakova.  Keep going through Zahec.  You will see a sign for Rozaje on your right.  Take this right (onto the 106).  If you pass by a red ETC on your right, you’ve gone too far.  Continue on 106, following signs for Rozaje.  You will come to a circle.  Take the second option, toward Rozaje (first option is toward Mitrovice).  Continue on 106 and you will see a sign for Ujvara e Drinit.  Then you will see a big blue and white sign that says Trofta.

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Take a left here.  Drive past the restaurant as far as you can.  Park the car and walk through the cement pylons.  The waterfall is up ahead on your right.

Coordinates: (You can paste into Google Maps) 42.738376, 20.306511

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Novo Brdo

Not too far from Pristina is Novo Brdo, a medieval fortress ruins.  This is one of those sights that is so uniquely Kosovo.  It’s a must-see.  How many places can you hike peacefully through so much history, up close and personal?  Just nearby are a very old Xhamia (mosque) and a tyrba (tomb), also just amazing to take in.

Web site:  http://tourism-novobrdo.com/

Learn more about the history before you go:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novo_Brdo

Price:  Free

Difficulty:  Easy.  No strollers, but young kids can hike with close supervision (there are some drop offs) and a surefooted adult with a baby carrier should not have a problem with a little one.

Driving Directions:  (~45 minutes to 1 hour)  Starting at U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to go down the hill and take a right onto the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  At the first circle, go around and take the last option, toward Viva Fresh/Maxi (Ferizaj).  At the next circle, take the second option to continue straight through the circle (M2/E65/Ferizaj/Shkup).  Stay straight until you pass Albi Mall on the left hand side.  Take the exit onto the M25-2 toward Gjilan (as if going to Viva Fresh/Albi Mall).  At the end of the exit ramp, take a right to go under the highway.  Go straight past Viva Fresh.  When the road forks a little, stay to the right.  Continue through Gracanica, straight past the monastery.  Continue on the road, past Lake Bodovcit.  Go through the town of Silvovo, through the small town of Progovac.  Very shortly after you see the sign for Llabjan, you will be making a left onto R123, toward Novo Brdo.  The sign says “Novo Brdo.”  After making the left, continue on the road, following arrows on signposts which point you up and around the mountain toward the Kalaja (fortress/castle).  There will be a flat place to park quite close to the castle.  Park and explore!

Lake Badovc (Liqeni i Badovcit)

Sometimes you just want to see beautiful water!  Lake Badovcit is close, big, and really nice.  It is a big reservoir, but in the summer months you will see people fishing and swimming and hiking.  Kids can throw rocks, catch fish and frogs, and wade in.  Who could ask for a better day?  Bring a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it.

Tip:  Close to both Gracanica Monastery and Ulpiana archaeological dig site.

Driving Directions:  (~20 minutes)  Starting at U.S. Embassy Bravo gate, take a right to go down the hill and take a right onto the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  At the first circle, go around and take the last option, toward Ferizaj (Viva Fresh/Maxi).  At the next circle, take the second option to continue straight through the circle (M2/E65).  Stay straight until you pass Albi Mall on the left hand side.  Take the exit onto the M25-2 toward Gjilian (as if going to Viva Fresh/Albi Mall).  At the end of the exit ramp, take a right to go under the highway.  Go straight past Viva Fresh.  When the road forks a little, stay to the right.  Continue through Gracanica.  As you drive past Gracanica a few km, you will see the lake on your left hand side.  There are trails down to the lake.  Find a convenient spot to park and trek down to the water.

Germia Hike

For a nice hike up a hill that has a great view at the top, park just before the gates to Germia in the parking lot on the left.  Walk up the paved slope and follow it around to the right, then take the dirt road on the right to walk up the mountain.  Follow red and white markers on the trail to get to the top.  Watch out for wildlife like little lizards, snakes, turtles, and birds–and also watch out for an occasional dirt bike.  Most of the hike is shaded by trees.

Duration:  Approximately 1 hr 10 minutes to the top; less on the way down.

Difficulty:  Can be done in sneakers without any other equipment.  Any person in reasonably good shape will be fine.  The hike gets a bit steep by the end.  As far as kids — an older kid might be able to do the hike.  No strollers, but a surefooted, physically fit person may be able to use a baby carrier.

Driving Directions:  Start at U.S. Embassy Gate (Bravo) and go down the hill to get to the main road (Ahmet Krasniqi).  Take a left onto the main road.  At the circle, take the second option onto Tirana.  Essentially, you are taking a left off of Ahmet Krasniqi.  Go straight through the traffic light to go onto UCK street.  Follow UCK until you get to the square with the three-pronged white unity statue in it; bear left with the road past ProCredit Bank.  When you get to the traffic circle, take the first option, essentially making a hairpin right turn (onto Agim Ramadani).  Take a left at the traffic light, turning just before the mosque that is under construction.  Now follow this road all the way to Germia.  When it looks like it splits a little in Old Town, keep to the right to stay with the road.  You will run into the Germia gates.  Take a left into the parking lot.