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Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste September 13th 2019

We took a bus up to the Victoria Faro (lighthouse) this morning, having packed our swim suits for a trip to the "beach" afterwards. We got off at the Faro, realized that we couldn't walk around it because it was a military zone, and decided to wait for the next bus, and see where it took us. We ended up Prosecco, of wine fame, riding a bus packed with high school kids going home for lunch. Once in Prosecco, we realized we would have to take a bus back down the mountain to get to the coast. This was fine, since we only got glimpses of the spectacular views on the way up. We changed buses on the coast, and got off at Barcola (if you have been paying attention you will remember that this was ... read more
Faro della Vittoria
Small church Prosecco
Views from the bus

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Palmanova September 12th 2019

NOTE: photos have been down on Travelblog, but it's been fixed, so if you couldn't see the photos in previous blogs, you can now! We were encouraged by the woman at the tourist office to buy a couple of two day $25 tourist passes, good for city buses, museums, and a boat ride to the town of Grado, where we could get a bus to two other towns we wanted to visit (Aquileia and Palmanova) We decided not to try to catch the 8:30 am boat, but to take the next one at 1:00 pm, thinking we would have enough time to visit at least one of the towns and catch the last boat back at 6:30. We were wrong. We decided to visit a few museums while waiting for the boat, and started out by ... read more
Shell craft exhibit
How mussels are grown here
A snake at the aquarium

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Sistiana September 11th 2019

We bought two-day transportation and museum passes yesterday, and started to use them today with a trip back down the coast to the Miramare Castle, and then on to the beach resort town of Sistiana. We got a bus to the Castle, but got off a stop too soon (the stop said "Miramare" in our defense!). We walked in the wrong direction, but finally found a path down towards an entrance with the help of a young woman. She told us that she has complained to the city numerous about the lack of signage! We are at the Castle after a walk along the water, and joined large tour groups of Austrians, on a pilgrimage to bask in Austria's former glory. The Castle was built from 1856 to 1860 for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his ... read more
Adriatic Sea
Walking and looking for the Castle, along the main road...
On the path down to the water at Miramare

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste September 10th 2019

We said goodbye to the Dolomites and our lovely apartment and hosts yesterday morning, and drove south, visiting two pretty towns on the way to to the airport to return our car. The first was Serravalle, an unplanned stop. The town had a canal running through it, and beautiful buildings, along with a market, where I bought a fanny pack to replace the one I left home. The next was Oderzo, another town with canals, and not quite as pretty, but still nice. We said goodbye to our little car at the airport, caught a bus into Mestre, outside of Venice, and then took a train to Trieste, our home for the next five days. I had expanded my suitcase so I could fit my backpack and its contents inside. It therefore did not fit in ... read more
Our apartment in Trieste
85 steps down to the main street
Our toilet...partially under the sink

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste April 17th 2019

Our guide in Trieste, Suzi, was a serious person and a wonderful teacher. She brought a binder full of maps. Showing us the local geography and national boundaries was helpful in our gaining a bit more understanding of the complex history of the Adriatic area. Trieste changed nationalities seven time in relatively modern times. It was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which the government invited in as a defence against Venetian hegemony. For thirty years it was occupied by Napoleon, who in this area was defeated by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After WWI Mussolini was granted the city for the Italians and changed its character for twenty years, persecuting Slavs and Croatians. Endemic fascist tendencies resulted in the city being on the wrong side of WWII. For some years it was almost part of Slovenia, but a ... read more
Roman amphitheatre 1 century
Mussolini era building 1938
Octopus salad at Bartellomo’s

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste April 15th 2019

We had a late start at 10:00, which allowed me to write notes and others to go for a walk on the sea front. We drove through the 5 km tunnel again. Coming out, Tomas pointed out the top of Mount Ucka shining in clear sun. After some highway travel, we turned onto a local road and then onto a single-lane, recently-asphalted road that wound in an intricate pattern through villages and local houses. That led to a narrow dirt road, bouncing the bus, and winding steeply to the tiny hill town of Hum. The current population is 23 people, although in the 12 century it was 1100. Apparently, Guinness has recognized it as the world’s smallest town. Inside the high stone walls was the 18 century basilica and tower. Hum is where Glagolitic script was ... read more
detail of main gate
Pheasant with polenta and spinach
Dance of Death

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste July 12th 2018

Firstly to all those who regularly watch for our bloggs , sorry for the delay, we have had a fully packed 10 days and the bloggs have not been done. So I have set aside a day to catch them up., After landing back in Bologne from Berlin, we started the drive to Trieste which we decided required a stop over in Padua (Padova) for the night. In Padua we found a lovely town (hot at 33) with a small central marketplace and lots of restaurants. After Lunch we left Padua to Trieste and our home for the 5 nights. Trieste has always been a desire for me to see as 20 years ago I was involved in setting up Perfect Espresso who were or are the Illycaffe agents for New Zealand and I have always ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Gorizia September 30th 2017

Suzy the motorhome who has served us so well over the last five and a half years finds herself parked on a massive car park with motorhome spaces in the city of Gorizia. A free car park at that . Free for 72 hours. You can if you wish stay that long without being moved on. How many British car parks would allow that. Hardly any. Motorhomes are welcomed here with open arms. Our topic of conversation had moved on from our holiday to heading home, to cleaning Suzy out and taking her for her valuation. Glenn had been looking at what is available and a couple of dealers are selling 2016 stock at a much reduced price. Registered new they would be a good investment . But and there is a big but. We would ... read more
There could only be one power that built this castle
The tiny church on the way up to the castle
It doesnt look like this was rebuilt after the fighting ended


Wenn ich 4 Tage Kurzurlaub in einer Stadt mache, ist der erste Tag normalerweise die Anreise, der vierte die Abreise und an den beiden anderen Tagen bin ich einmal in der Stadt selber und normalerweise einen Tag im Umland. Diesmal habe ich das genauso gemacht. 1994 und 1995 bin ich von meiner Bundeswehrkaserne in Bad Reichenhall freitags öfters zwischen Freilassing und Nürnberg mit dem Eurocity "Miramare" gefahren, der aus Zagreb kam und dann weiter nach Leipzig oder Berlin gefahren ist. Ich habe mich immer gefragt, woher dieser Begriff kam und irgendwann habe ich erfahren, dass es der Name eines schönen österreichischen Schlosses bei Triest ist. Der Erbauer war auch der Befehlshaber der österreichischen Flotte, glaube ich, die ja vor allem in Triest stationiert war - denke ich zumindest. Bevor er sein trauriges Abenteuer in Mexiko erlebte, ... read more
Die römischen Ruinen von Aquileia.
Die Basilika von Aquileia.
Die Ponte del Diavolo in Cividale del Friuli.

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia » Trieste May 26th 2017

Heute habe ich mir die Besichtigung von Triest vorgenommen und auch gemacht. Man muss sagen, dass ich Triest schon relativ kurz nach meinem Zuzug nach München als Reiseziel auserkoren und immer wieder verschoben habe. Jetzt hat es aber dann doch endlich geklappt. Das Frühstück gab es bis etwa 10:00 und Italiener sehen das etwas lockerer als wir. Ich frühstücke gerne möglichst spät und bekam meinen dritten Cappuccino auch noch nach 10:00. Danach bin ich zum Colle di San Giusto, was wohl so eine Art Burgberg ist. Dort befindet sich das Castello di San Giusto, die Basilica di San Giusto, ein Denkmal und Reste eines römischen Tempels. All das habe ich mir angesehen. Danach bin ich den Weg hinunter Richtung neuem Stadtzentrum und am Arco die Riccardo vorbei - er ist römisch aber benannt nach Richard Löwenherz, ... read more
Die Basilica die San Giusto.
Blick vom Colle die San Giusto.
Canal Grande.




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