Places to Go

Trieste…

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Trieste…  So much prettier than I remembered…

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The Piazza Unita has been washed and sparkles like new – the buildings are stately and just the right amount of fancy.

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Of all the Italian cities I have visited, this is the one I have seen most often, and I still think it is lovely.  To my amazement it is relatively unknown outside of Europe, and consequently gets tourists mainly from “the continent”.  Its’ location at the very north east tip of Italy connects it easily to central and eastern Europe, and its’ potential as a port on the Adriatic sea has made it a sought after “possession” with a turbulent history.

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So much history and culture have paraded through and yet it is still Trieste

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One of the highlights of our first day in Trieste was eating handmade pastries from here:

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On the steps of this church:

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Looking at this view:

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And I couldn’t resist a quick visit inside…

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(Saint Veronica, always my favourite…)

After a tiny bit of shopping (we are travelling with small children!) we found the perfect lunch place for a family of hot, thirsty, tired travelers:

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The only trouble was choosing – 73 pizzas on one menu. Wow!  We ended up with the Inverno (spicy, Mr.Martinis favourite), Quattro Stagione (classic, the kids always like it) and the Triestina (because when in Trieste…)

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Favourite moments:  G. Junior conversing with the cameriere, in spite of the language barrier (our boy can talk to anyone!) and then dazzling the restaurant staff with our Tide To Go laundry stick.  (They are the best!)  It seems pizza restaurants take stain removal seriously.  Next trip: laundry sticks for everyone!

My favourite thing to do in any city is “treasure hunt” for interesting sculptures, statues, art… This photo (taken in Trieste on our last visit) has hung in my dining room every since:

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This time I managed a decent picture of one of her lovely companions:

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We found the ruins of the old roman theatre…

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Some lovely architecture…

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(Photo by Miss G.!)

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…a lighthouse (il faro della vittoria…)

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…a lion (in the restaurant!)

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…and a big anchor.  A pair of crazy statues…

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…and a trio of windows too:

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We walked for hours – no time to stand around when you’re getting the most out of a holiday, unless you’re this guy:

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(Italo Svevo – “Life is neither ugly nor beautiful, but it’s original!”)

 

On this visit we travelled home by way of Lazzaretto and loved seeing the Italian beach culture in full form. The golfo di Trieste is full of sights, especially on hot summer evenings…

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We will definitely return to Trieste later in our holiday – there is more than you can see on one visit!  My father-in-law, who spent many of his teenage years living in the city, is still shocked that we haven’t done all of his favourite things…  For us that inspires the hope that we will be back there one day sooner than later…

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