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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 ...
... instead of making a
beeline for the Alps and their impressive scenery I decided to hit one of the
Karst region’s other main attractions in the afternoon. That’s the Lipica Stud
Farm where the Lipizzaner horses originated, at 435 years old the oldest
continuously operated “royal” stud farm in Europe. That Lipizzaners originated
in what’s now Slovenia was news to me. I associate them with Vienna, of course,
but until 1918 ...
... old town, I found a Sobe (rooms in a house) at a guidebook recommended place down in the valley named Sobe Nena. It was a lovely room with bath in the lower floor of a house surrounded by vineyards. But my night’s sleep wasn’t the greatest. I was awakened in the middle of the night by one of the most spectacular thunderstorms I’ve ever experienced, the kind with non-stop thunder and lightning and torrential rain that makes you wonder if you should find ...
... largely Italian culturally but part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of WWI, then part of Italy through WWII, and then part of Yugoslavia until its breakup in the early 1990s. Most of the Italian population left the region after WWII, but from the sound of things the Austrians and Italians have all returned as tourists. And I can see why. Of all the coastal Istrian towns I saw I found Piran to be the ...
At 9 am sharp, our guide, Goran arrived and we set off for a tour of Rovinj where the signs are all in both Croatian and Italian because of the dominance of the Venician Empire on this part of Croatia. Both languages are required in school which makes it very easy for us Americans. Goran was a walking history book and we learned the entire history and development from beginning to the present. It felt ...