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Trieste does not figure highly on most tourist itineraries,
and there aren’t any major sights to see in the city. I was interested in
stopping for a day, though, because it was right along my way between Ljubljana
and Venice and also because of its historical significance as the main port
city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the place where Italian, Slavic, and
Germanic cultures in Europe converge. This is where Captain ...
... 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 ...
... had to resist the temptation since I’d be driving all afternoon. After filling up on free samples, though, I decided to buy a portion of the cooking demonstration’s creation of gnocchi in boletus mushroom sauce. It was fantastic and far better in both flavor and value than my restaurant truffle dishes the night before.
I spent the rest of the afternoon driving up and down through the hills to some of the other towns and villages in the area, ...
... and more appealing because of its harbor, large central square, city walls on its land side, and a church complex on the hill above town. The Parish Church of Saint George is especially well endowed with works of art, including a statue of crucified Christ that’s considered one of the most important works of Slovenian medieval art.
Like Croatian Istria, Piran and the rest of Slovenian’s ...
... walked ever inch of the windy lime cobblestone streets from the waterfront to the cathedral at the top of the original old city We returned and met our driver who took Goran and us to Pula for a toor of the coliseum there and more history of Croatia. Lunch and wine tasting at Villa Meneghetti in Bale Pick up of paintings we bought earlier Return to Rovinj and dinner at Kantinon Early to be for our wake up ...