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May 10, 2015 - Last Update From Trieste

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Birthday Jerry & Jared! This will be our last update from Trieste. We will be taking the train to Treviso, Italy in the morning, then we take a flight to Frankfurt the next morning. We will be in Germany for the next two months. We have really enjoyed our time in Trieste. There is a lot to see and do in this huge city. We saw a lot but we still have things to do for the next return visit. I am adding a few pictures that didn’t make the other updates. I am not sure how great the Wi-Fi will be in the next two...

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May 7, 2015 - Trieste With Jerry

We had another great day with Jerry, we took him on a tour of the city. We paid about $4 each for an all day bus ticket, we hopped on and off buses all day touring. You could live really cheap here without a car. :-) We took him to all the special places, I have already done updates on most of them. You can look back and read about the Grand Canal etc. We also visited the incredible Miramare Castle, it was built by the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian so that the Commander of the Imperial Navy could gaze out at the often turbulent blue seas of...

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May 1, 2015 - Victory Lighthouse & More

We have noticed some beautiful lighthouses in this area. One very special one is the Victory or Vittoria Lighthouse. It shines down on the Gulf of Trieste and is one of the tallest in the world. If you love lighthouses, don't miss this one. It is well worth the trip to visit the site of the lighthouse where you can take some magnificent pictures of the Gulf and city below. I was also able to spot the beautiful castle in the distance. The Vittoria Light (or Victory Lighthouse), sits on Gretta Hill and sends its beam down towards Trieste...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Trip to Muggia

We took a cool ferry boat ride over to Muggia, Italy today. The cost for both of us round trip was only 15.80 Euros. We are finding the cost of living in Italy to be very reasonable. Groceries are way lower than the prices in the US. We will miss this incredible area when we move on to Germany. Muggia is a small Italian town in the extreme south-east of Trieste lying on the border with Slovenia. Technically, Muggia is the last and only piece of Istria still in Italian territory, after the dissolution of the Free Territory of Trieste in...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Trieste Grand Canal

We are really enjoying our time in the beautiful city of Trieste. Today we visited the Trieste Grand Canal. Yes, just like Venice, Trieste has it’s own canal. The Trieste Canal Grand is a navigable canal situated in the city center, midway between the railway station and Piazza Unità d'Italia. The Canal is the prized jewel in the center of Trieste and is lined with beautiful buildings and outdoor cafes which lead up to the amazing sight of Saint Antonio Church, the largest in Trieste. If in Trieste, you are sure to end up here and it is a...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Opicina, Italy

We took the cable car to the top of Opicina today. This was a trial run just to see what was at the top, we will definitely be taking it to the top again later. :-) It was also included in the price of our bus tickets for our month stay in Trieste. We rode all over town today checking out the bus lines. There is a lot to see and do, plus, we are planning several trips outside of Italy to the nearby countries. The Trieste–Opicina tramway (Italian: Tranvia Trieste-Opicina, Slovene: openski tramvaj, Triestine: Tram de Opcina) is an unusual...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Trieste Apartment

We moved into our beautiful apartment this morning. We love it! The owner does not speak a bit of English, but we managed to use a translator to figure out everything she was telling us. :-) We are very pleased and can't wait to get unpacked and all settled in. Marico went all out stocking the apartment for us. We have milk, cereal, orange juice, coffee, pasta, olive oil, herbs, sugar, a huge bowl of fruit, butter and bread, luncheon meats and more. We could eat for a week on just what she left for us. :-) We are very happy to be here and...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Trieste, Italy

Our ship arrived in Trieste early this morning. This is a new port for Costa, they were welcomed with quite a show of water. Jerry and I watched it all from the balcony. We also enjoyed seeing all the boating and fishing action going on outside our window. The water was also loaded with jelly fish. We had a great view of the huge square right across the street too. We could hardly wait until noon for our appointment to get the keys to our apartment for the next month. I was so excited, I totally forgot to take pictures of the apartment. We...

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Dec 24, 2013 - Castello di Miramare and Trieste

Part of our Italy tour was visiting the Castello di Miramare- a "dream castle" which means it was built for beauty and not as a fortress or for fighting. The man (Maximilian) who lived in the castle with his wife (Charlotte of Belgium). Max's brother was the emperor Austria and granted Maximilian with the duty of becoming Mexico's Emperor of Mexico in 1863. Due to the amount of destruction in Mexico he was unable to bring the country to peace and was shot and killed in 1867 in Mexico. The table where he agreed to become the emperor is still...

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Dec 23, 2013 - Christmas Trip- day 2

Our hotel, Grand Hotel Astoria, was located in the old town of Grado, Italy, which is an island which used to be apart of Venice. We could see the Adriatic Sea out of our hotel window. It was mostly windy and rainy but it was always beautiful. Our hotel served us breakfast and dinner each night. There was a large heated swimming pool inside that Anthony and I took full advantage of. We toured the city on Christmas day and found out that the island is home to more than 40 nativity scenes from late November until January 6th. We saw many of...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Onto Italy

August 14 - Day 18 Today we had a sleep in, sort of, did not have to get on the bus until 10 am. We are heading now to Italy and the city of Udine, where we will spend the afternoon and evening. The trip to Udine is about 3 1/2 hours. The landscape was beautiful as we passed through the Dolomite Mounttains which is a part of the Alps range. The clouds initially were low and covered up the peaks, but as the day went on the clouds lifted and we had some wonderful views , which were very similar to the drive to Banff. Udine is a small Italian...

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Apr 11, 2011 - wifi - Udine and Cividale

We all slept in this morning. The beds were super comfortable, pumped up pillows and extra plush doonas. Orson and Audrey both slept till nearly 8 o’clock. I decided to jog up to Stregna which isn’t that far but is straight up a winding hill. It was a great view but possibly life threstening if more than one car passed by at once. I was ever ready to jump onto the side of the hill and didn’t wear headphones! Simon walked it just after me and met the Stregna peak hour – 10 cars. Teresa prepared an amazing spread for breakfast. There was no...

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