A Proposed Park

Balkan Peace Park in the summertime.

The Balkan Peace Park[1] is a proposed park[2] (AlbanianParku Ballkanik i PaqesSerbo-CroatianBalkanski park mira/Балкански парк мира[3][4]) located in the western part of Kosovo, north-eastern part of Albania and south-eastern part of Montenegro.[5][6][7] The terrain is rugged and the park is home to the highest mountains in the Dinaric AlpsMaja Jezerce 2,694 m (8,839 ft) in Albania and Đeravica in Kosovo is 2,656 m (8,714 ft) high. Many lakes are found there especially on the Albanian side.

Also this park contains many rare species of animals like the brown bear. The main towns and villages are PećDeçan and Junik in Kosovo, and Tropojë and Bajram Curri in Albania. This park is also home to the Prokletije where old Albanian traditions are still used.

Dr. Johnson’s House

Built at the end of the seventeenth century by wool merchant Richard Gough,[2] (died 1728)[3] it is a rare example of a house of its era which survives in the City of London (this refers only to the ‘Square Mile’ of the City area, as there are many other houses of this period elsewhere in Greater London) and is the only one of Johnson’s 18 residences in the City to survive.[4][5] Four bays wide and five stories tall,[5] it is located at No. 17, Gough Square, a small L-shaped court, now pedestrianised, in a tangle of ancient alleyways just to the north of Fleet Street.[3]

Johnson lived and worked in the house from 1748 to 1759, paying a rent of £30, and he compiled his famous A Dictionary of the English Languagethere.[5][4] In the 19th century, it saw use as a hotel, a print shop and a storehouse.[2] In 1911, it was purchased by newspaper magnate and politician Cecil Harmsworth, who later commented: “At the time of my purchase of the house in April 1911, it presented every appearance of squalor and decay … It is doubtful whether in the whole of London there existed a more forlorn or dilapidated tenement.”[6][4] He restored the house under the direction of architect Alfred Burr and opened it to the public in 1914.[2][4] It is now operated by a charitable trust, Dr Johnson’s House Trust Ltd.[2]

The house features panelled rooms, a pine staircase, and a collection of period furniture, prints and portraits. There are exhibitions about Johnson’s life and work. The house has a commemorative plaque installed on its exterior by the Royal Society of Arts in 1876.[7]


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