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The old city of Trieste is on a hilltop rather than along the harbor. Like most
places dating from the Roman era through medieval times, defense was an
important consideration in its siting. The Cathedral of San Giusto is mostly
Romanesque in style and not very large by European standards but with some
great Byzantine mosaics. I was lucky to have gotten to the bell tower a few
minutes before noon so got to be present for the deafening noise ...
... glass of rakija to accompany
bu dessert but two small bottles of liqueurs that must have been equivalent to
five or six shots worth….on the house! One was a sweet berry flavored liqueur
while the other was an incredibly bitter black herbal liqueur that tasted like
a Jagermeister gone wrong, like they forgot to sweeten it up with some sugar.
The very friendly waitress insisted it was a regular rakija (brandy) that was
flavored with only a single ...
When I mentioned to some Croatians at my hostel in Zagreb that I was going to Istria, they said to go inland to the hill towns, that the coast isn't that nice compared to the islands and peninsulas farther south around Dubrovnik. Well, I went to a few coastal towns anyway, and they are quite nice, but I’d agree that Istria’s highlight is in its interior hills. Istria claims to be the Croatian Tuscany, and although that might be a bit of a stretch the hills and ...
Slovenia has only 16 miles of coastline, not much compared to Croatia's thousands of miles of coast when you include all of its islands and peninsulas. The short stretch is quite developed with an industrial port city (Koper), a swank resort (Portoroz), and a few other old towns. The one real attraction, though, is Piran, a beautiful old town on a peninsula similar to Porec and Rovinj in Croatian Istria but ...
... the border with Slovenia and within about 2 kilometres of crossing the border the countryside had completely changed. The dry rocky mountains were gone, replaced by lots of trees and green grass. We bought a toll vignette (sticker for the windscreen to travel on the road) and bought some groceries. We stayed the night at a campground at Skocjan. It was really just a big grassy paddock down quite a steep drive.