Corfu and Albania

Some ASTENE members may not realise that our borders go around the eastern Mediterranean and beyond, embracing Greece, the Ottoman Balkans and the Arabian Peninsula as well as Egypt, Turkey, the Levant and the Mesopotamian region.

Following our recent fascinating trip up the Nile, our next proposed visit is to Corfu, southern Albania and northern Greece: ‘in the footsteps of Byron and Leake’, including their involvement with Ali Pasha and other travellers in the area. Professor Malcolm Wagstaff, who has generously agreed to lead the group, is finalising details for this 8-day trip, organised in conjunction with Sunvil Travel and planned for May/June 2010. It will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage excavations at Butrint in Albania, as well as a stay in the lakeside Greek city of Ioannina.

If you have not yet joined one of our ASTENE trips abroad you are missing out on a very special experience. We envisage a maximum group of 20, so please register an initial interest with ASTENE Events Organiser Elisabeth Woodthorpe (telephone/fax 020 7622 3694) as soon as possible, so that we can take things forward.