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Sep 28, 2018 - Villa Santina

The temperature as we headed off was a fresh 9C but improved to around 25C as the day unfolded on our way out of Slovenia. Our destination was Villa Santina a small town in the Italian Alps. Both the roads and scenery were brilliant and traffic was light so the five hour drive was very pleasant with great coffee stops in Jesenice and a very pretty ski town, Kranjska Gora. Another stop in Tolmezzo allowed a chance to explore the local markets. Davo was ecstatic. The Julian Alps in Slovenia were gorgeous and were soon followed by the Italian...

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Sep 15, 2018 - A Day Trip to Trieste

So close to Italy, why not take a day trip? It was unanimous. The map software said about 2 hours. No problem, should be easy. No way. Traffic at the border at Slovenia was so slow. (My kids, remember the Tijuana border crossing? Not that long, but close.) But we did get a new stamp in our passports. A three lane highway went down to one lane in a short distance. It was Saturday morning and it appeared a lot of people were doing some weekend traveling. We did a lot of hypothesizing about what the issue might be, but none of our guesses were...

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Aug 19, 2018 - more lagoons - photo's added

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 August Time to leave the Venice lagoon. Had a long motor sail to the Marano & Grado lagoons and anchored not far from Lignano Sabbidoro. What’s proved very help when navigating the canals/channels is that we can emulate the laptops desktop on the iPad and have the iPad in the cockpit. Saturday 11 – Monday 13 August Mid afternoon left the anchorage and headed for Grado and anchored in the channel not far from the town. On the way into the entrance we noticed a (German flagged) racing boat trying to flag anyone down...

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our 2018 adventure

Jun 6, 2017 - Trieste, Italy

The morning starts off with some work on my blog while waiting for breakfast, a couple nice morning pictures looking out of my balcony, saw a hot air balloon rising near the castle. Down to lobby for breakfast and the back to pack my bags and head off to Trieste Italy this is the northeast side of the country, the area around it is very hilly and the streets very narrow wow a real trip driving there. Checked out the castle and a few places in old town then out for some dinner before calling it a night. Tomorrow it is back to Split for the...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Bus to Trieste

4/14 Raining, luckily it left off while we walked to bus station. But by the time the bus arrived at 7:45 it was pouring! Just an hour to Trieste.... Beautiful green pastures, more reminders of Wisconsin - dairy cows, bales of hay (rolls of plastic). Quite hilly, probably foothills since rain doesn't allow much visibility. Once we arrived - exactly at 8:45 a.m. as promised - the view was of a port city, typical shipping port (see photo). Also, the rain and colder weather was off putting. We discussed a plan and decided to go on to Venice....

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Aug 20, 2015 - Gornja Kosana and finally Trieste!

Day 23 Gornja Košana, Slovenia – Ocizla, Slovenia 29 but I walked 20 kms The day dawned with thunder. Lightning and rain! Great! A small group set out early but most hitched a ride to the Skocjan Caves! Jeanette, my sister had told me not to miss them if I got a chance to go there. So it was wonderful when I found the walk went right past them. Unbelievable caves! Like the Grand Canyon. The cave tour covered several kilometres and that is only a small section of the cave! Six of us did this then set out to walk the rest of the way. The...

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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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