The city has been gearing up (aka cleaning up the main streets) for several weeks now, all in preparation for today- the big day- the historic first ever visit of an American President to Albania. The city looks amazing with many flags and banners all over the place. The main streets were cleared of all cars and were blocked for several hours. The city was in quite a festive mood with many signs of the positive feeling that Albanians have for America. It was fun to wander round the city with my camera and take shots of the people waiting for the opportunity to see the President pass by in the motorcade. It was a very sunny and hot afternoon, and shady places were few and far between along the route, but everyone was in good spirits and the mood was really cheerful. Several people stopped us and asked if we were Americans, then explained why they love the US. The only visible moment of unrest occured when some people were giving out free teeshirts along the route and of course everyone wanted one!
So a few shots from the day: