I remember when I was a teenager I always heard about Kosovo in the news. I knew that this was a war-torn country but I also knew that once the conflict was over I would really love to visit this place! That was in the late 90's. Forward to 2008 when Kosovo declared its independence and its towns and cities had been more or less restored. Today the country is recognized by most UN countries (with the exception of Serbia and Russia among others) but it does not form part of the UN. Some travelers do and some do not count Kosovo as an independent country. Personally, I do count Kosovo, not for political reasons, but because they do have their own passport and I certainly did get stamped into mine when crossing the border.
In 2011 I finally had the chance to visit Prizren on a 3 week Balkan trip and I was blown away by the city's beauty and by how lovingly everything had been restored. You can still tell that this country just escaped a brutal conflict but the people here seem ever so hopeful and positive.
Fun fact: they actually use the Euro here!
So here are some impressions of Prizren for you!
View over Prizren from Kalaja Castle