31 May

A couple of weeks ago I ventured off into the furthest reaches of north-east Italy to Trieste, where my maternal grandparents are from. They now live in Australia but I have one remaining relative there, who is my Nonno’s stepbrother’s ex-wife…so I guess a kind of great aunt? The train up took about 8 hours but for โ‚ฌ25 I really wasn’t going to complain, you can barely get from Woking to Bristol for that price.

Luisa (the great aunt) basically acted as a stand-in grandmother for the weekend, keeping me well fed and entertained. We visited a couple of the nearby castles (Miramare and Duino) which are right on the coast. I don’t have many pictures of Duino because the weather was crap that day, but the day we went to Miramare was lovely and I got some great shots of blue skies and sea which made a change to the terrible weather we’ve been having here in Spoleto. (This morning I was woken up at 8am by truly biblical amounts of rain and hail. I wasn’t too worried though because I have my 50m swimming badge.)


Castello di Miramare


Myself and Luisa


I also got to visit the city of Trieste itself, which is very different from most of the other places in Italy I have visited as the architecture is far more modern (although occasionally a little bit fascist). Trieste runs down from a mountain side to the sea, meaning you can enjoy both the amazing views near the top of the city, or hang out by water which is what we did when I went to meet up with Andrea, the granddaughter of my Nonna’s friend.


Andrea and me

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For this post I’m relying mostly on pictures of this beautiful area of Italy since I’ve been pretty uninspired to write anything recently. At the moment I’m busy trying to sort out what stuff needs to go in the suitcase I’m sending and what stays with me until I leave Spoleto, which is in just over a week!


8 Responses to “Trieste”

  1. tara30aren07 May 31, 2013 at 09:41 #

    This is awesome! My whole family is from Italy and sadly I’ve never been. The plan is to get there within the next few years! How longer are you in Italy for? – T ๐Ÿ™‚

    • louiseineurope May 31, 2013 at 09:43 #

      I’m only in Italy for another 11 days sadly! Been here since January ๐Ÿ™‚

      • tara30aren07 May 31, 2013 at 09:44 #

        That’s great! For travel, study…work?

      • louiseineurope May 31, 2013 at 09:46 #

        Teaching English as part of my degree in French and Italian! If you have a lot of spare time on your hands you can go back through my old posts here if you’re interested to know exactly what I’ve been up to ๐Ÿ˜€

      • tara30aren07 May 31, 2013 at 09:47 #

        Sounds like fun! I’ll definitely check them out. -T

  2. Giulia May 31, 2013 at 11:01 #

    Lovely pics! You finally had your sunny day ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. French Lucidity May 31, 2013 at 11:32 #

    Trieste is apparently a city very unique in the crossroad between different countries. I’m planning to go in September! Super photos!

  4. Emilia June 1, 2013 at 20:55 #

    Looks like a lovely trip with gorgeous weather! I thought Trieste was such a gorgeous city when I went there, though you’re right, the architecture is very modern. ๐Ÿ™‚

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