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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 - Homeland

Padova to Postregna Today was always going to be big, not so much in terms of distance but rather because it was the children’s inaugral visit to their namesake town. Though I’m not sure if they really understood the concept at first by the evening as they tucked themselves into bed and slept like they had not for the entire holiday I had to wonder if perhaps they felt they were ‘home’. Waking in Padova we decided to skip the hotel breakfast and opted to eat in the piazza. We munched pastries and sipped hot chocolate/latte gazing at the...

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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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Aug 20, 2009 - Trieste

Ciao Trieste is a wonderful surprise. Not your typical euro destination but well worth the trip. Its a wonderful mix of italian, french, slav and german people. You can hear 6 different languages at any time. But future travelers beware, Trieste is a city of hills and stairs. There's even a staircase in the middle of town called the Giant Steps. We definitly earned our food and drink here. Trieste is what I imagined the French Riviera would look like, lush greenery, sandy beaches, beautiful people, vessels large and small doting the azure...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Lignano Beach, Italy

OK you Canadian ladies if you had any reservations about putting on that bikini this season, well, just get over it!! Once you've been to the Italian beaches you have seen every body imagineable squeezed into, falling out of, and completely out of teeny tiny little suits. Picture that! After traipsing around Venezia we decided to take a day to lounge at the beach. We had tried Grado so today we thought it would be fun to go to the opposite end of the lagoon and try Lignano (pronounced Lingyano; which after endless lessons the guys still...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Aquileia & Grado, Italy

After our little taste of the seaside we decided to make our way to the beaches of Grado. I had read that Grado was a miniature version of Venice and Alessandra had recommended the Roman ruins of Aquillea which was on the way. So we were off to the beach with a little touring en route. Aquillea turned out to be this huge ruin of a port that was used for slaves and spices from Africa. We took the walk and checked out all the old docks and gates and structures that were still really well preserved. Along the way we saw a university group...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Trieste, Italy

Trieste. Now you might think this is part of Italy. But every person we met seemed to think it was part of their country. We met Slovenians and they said 'You know Trieste was ours, we liberated it during the war.' Then we met some Austrians and they said 'You know Trieste was ours for centuries.'Well now the Italians are flying the flag, but whoever owns it it was a beautiful port with beautiful clear blue Adriatic water. We hiked up the hillside and stopped by the castle looking out over the ocean. That was no easy feat as Trieste is a...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Isonzo Rivermouth and Upper/Lower Sauris, Italy

After a lengthy chat with Giorgio, our host, I found that the local tourist director was full of prosciutto. Not only was it difficult to go horse back riding it had to be booked well in advance. So the email that I had received saying no problem call when you arrive didn't quite work out. But despite this little set back we decided to head out to the nature reserve and check out the wild horses. We headed out early before the heat sent all the animals into hiding. This is a river delta that has been preserved on the edge of the lagoon that...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Latisana, Italy

The apartment was fabulous! We thought we should do a little touring of the area and then hit that beautiful pool again. So we ate breakfast (the boys were thrilled with the little Italian Grandmother that kept bringing them more cappuccinos and Chaelle was thrilled with her 'Bambino Cappuccino') and headed into the local village of Latisana. Latisana was a nice little town with lots of nice shops and coffee stops so all were happy. I was tempted again by a few purse/shoe shops and managed to find a lovely little Italian Ensemble (you'll...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Latisana, Italy

Waking up a little bleary eyed from our late night cultural event we decided to tour around Shakespeare's setting for Romeo and Juliet. As it is purely a fictional event, Romeo and Juliet not the Margerm vacation, we thought it was pretty funny that an entire city was cashing in on a staged romance. We headed down town with great confidence that we might actually make it out of down town as we had explored every street several times the day before. Gord had been touring Italy solo so far so was naively unaware that Verona was a designer...

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