Those Jacobson Hooligans on a European Vacation- Paris, Venice, Slovenia & Croatia travel blog

Heather got up at 6 and went for a run. She followed the street along the river and came upon a park. She was able to see the sunrise.

We left at 8 for the waterbus back to the carpark. St. Mark's square was almost devoid of people. A big change as Venice is so crowded by tourists, especially with a cruise ship in port!

We headed to Trieste, the northern most Italian port that was under Austrian rule for centuries. It was the most important port of the Habsburg empire as it gave the Austrians access to the sea. We saw many vin eyards and cornfields along the way.

We visited Miramare Castle, built in 1860 by the archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg (the youngest son, so never would be king, but did become the Emperor of Mexico).

We then went to the Piazza Unita Italian Square where we found a place to have lunch. We thought we would eat light, bruschette to share, caprese salad for me (had a whole ball of mozerella sliced on it) and a pear and gargonzola salad for Heather. Too much food, we couldn't finish!

We drove along the Adriatic Sea coastline and crossed into Slovenia (Branko's homeland).

We arrived at Piran, a town built on a peninsula with Croatia just across the bay. On top of the hill are remains of the old city wall. Our hotel is right on Tarring Square, named for the composer/musician that was born here. We walked up the hill to St. George's church. St. George the dragon slayer is the patron saint of Piran. Here we have a few of Trieste, Italy to the west and Croatia to the east. We headed down to the end of the peninsula to the "beach"; no sand just cement docks. Water is very clear, but rocky bottom. People we swimming. I stuck my foot in... too cold to swim. Heather did go in to her waist. We were laughing as a girl,about 4 years old, was sitting on front of a skateboard giving her naked brother, about 2 years old, a ride. They just kept going back and forth through the people sitting on the beach. After awhile they came back around and the little boy was wrapped in a towel!

We then went in search of a market for snacks... cheese, crackers, wine and coke zero. We have a balcony so thought we would enjoy this for dinner. Camembert in a can? We then headed down to watch the beautiful sunset. Even though there was a cloud and were not able to see the sunset to the horizon it was beautiful!

A more relaxing day today and earlier to bed as we head to Croatia tomorrow with a prediction of rain.

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