Ciao, Italy

I spent my last few days in Italy exploring and relaxing in Trieste. We spent the evening of our return from Slovenia wandering around the Trieste city center. We had some vin brûlée (hot wine in Italian), dinner and did some sight-seeing.

Vin Brûlée

Vin Brûlée

Decorations in Trieste

Decorations in Trieste

Piazza Unica D'Italia

Piazza Unica D’Italia

Pizza for dinner :-)

Pizza for dinner 🙂

The following day Jennifer and I headed out for a walk from Villa Opicina to Prosecco. The trail we followed is known as the Napoleonic Trail, which is part of the route Napoleon took as he invaded the region. The walk offered wonderful views of Trieste and the Adriatic. Unfortunately, it was very foggy so no great photo opportunities. When we arrived in Prosecco, we each enjoyed a nice glass and some chips.

Hiking the trail.

Hiking the trail.

Arrival in Prosecco.

Arrival in Prosecco.

The treat for making it to Prosecco.

The treat for making it to Prosecco.

After our short visit in Prosecco, we headed back toward Trieste and out to Miramare Castle. The castle was built for an Austro-Hungarian noble, Maximilian, who was “offered” the leadership of Mexico. However, Mexico wasn’t really in the mood for a European to lead them, and Maximilian never made it out of Mexico alive. Meaning, he never saw this wonderful castle that was built just for him.

Miramare Castle.

Miramare Castle.

We then headed to the city center to check out the rest of the Christmas markets and to get a little treat, fried dough smothered with Nutella!

Yummy!

Yummy!

After some shopping, we went to see some more sights, then returned to the house to relax by the fire. The next morning I was leaving for Munich. However, we had one thing left to do. Jennifer wanted to try to find a war memorial that you can see from the highway near the airport. And found it, we did. The memorial was actually a World War One memorial and included an area that has trenches in tact.

WWI trenches

WWI trenches

The memorial

The memorial

War cemetery

War cemetery

It was a great trip to Italy! I hope my Trieste friends can come visit me in Al Ain soon!

 

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About Andrea

I am teacher and traveler blogging my experiences living as an expat from the USA. From 2007-2012 I lived and worked in Oregon, USA. From 2012 (when I started blogging) to 2014, I lived and worked in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. In August 2014 I begin living and working in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.
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