On another beautiful weekend, I go on another hike from the village of Leuse to the village of Lipe! The route was long, but absolutely gorgeous! We explored historic churches, frolicked through flower-filled fields, and experienced true Albanian hospitality in the villages!
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:37pm
What a beautiful day for a hike!
Out of the blue, one of my coworkers invited me and the other volunteers in the area on a hike in the mountains around Permet. I had no idea where we were going or how long the trip would last, but I agreed anyway, eager to explore the natural beauty of my new home.
My coworker and the rest of the group set out for the morning at 7:45am. The weather was cool, and we set off in good spirits. To begin our hike, we trekked up a mountain road to the village of Leuse before continuing deeper into the forested area.
Leuse is a small but quaint village about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) outside of Permet. It’s famous for the Orthodox church Kisha e Shen Merise (the Church of Saint Maria), which was built in the 18th century by the Greeks. The exterior of the church is painted with many different frescoes, and the interior remains largely intact despite the passage of time, World War II, and communism because the building was seen as more of an art gallery than a church. Continue reading “The Leuse-Lipe Hike”