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