Friday, March 30, 2012

Risiera di San Sabba

Our last stop in Trieste before heading home was the Municipal Museum of the Risiera di San Sabba. (Posts 1 & 2 of Trieste)

Risiera di San Sabba was originally a rice husking factory. The Nazi occupation forces turned it into a prison and holding point for prisoners being sent concentration camps in Germany or Poland. Anyone who didn't get sent north was exterminated. The grounds were open, but the office wasn't so we weren't able to get audio guides. But some of the information was in English so we didn't feel like we were missing out. There's no entrance fee.

I'm a huge history fan, especially of the World War II era. In fact I took a course dedicated to the war for fun in college. I can't even describe the weight of walking into the camp. It was such a sobering experience. Even though I saw the pictures and saw the rooms for myself, I couldn't imagine how it might have been back then. I think it's just too awful to try to conjure up the images in my head. Even though I wouldn't call the experience fun, I would still encourage people to visit. It's informative and mind expanding.

Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba
Risiera di San Sabba

I highly recommend visiting the link below to get more information. It has a lot of detailed history and facts. I linked the English version.

Municipal Museum of the Risiera di San Sabba
Via Giovanni Palatucci 5
34148 Trieste

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Walking around Trieste

We didn't have anything specific that we wanted to see in Trieste after Miramare Castle so we just parked and walked.



We started out at Piazza Unità d'Italia or Trieste's sitting room. It's the largest square overlooking the sea in Europe. The building straight back is the town hall.


It's hard a little hard to pick out, but that is a 246 meter long pier called Molo Audace. If you walk to the end, you get a great view of the Piazza Unità d'Italia as if you're a ship coming into the harbor. Walking on it is supposed to be like you're walking out to sea. We didn't get to walk on it though because it was full of sunbathers.


We were starving by this point, but it was a weird time between lunch and dinner so it took us a while before we stumbled onto this pizzeria. They were actually just closing up to get ready for dinner, but they sat us anyway. They were really nice about it and didn't snub us even though we were probably inconveniencing them. Our pizzas were delicious! I got a prosciutto pizza and Will got a patate fritte and prosciutto pizza...french fry pizza. The Italians sometimes call it the Americano pizza. If it's not french fries, it's hot dogs. They have a weird concept of what we eat in the US. We'd been seeing the french fry pizzas a lot and Will had to order it just once to see what it was like. He liked it, but doubts he'll order it again.



After our meal, we just wandered around and took in the city.





Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Miramare Castle & Park

We've been hearing about Trieste being one of the most underrated cities to visit in Italy. It's only an hour and a half from Aviano so we were able to make a daytrip out of it. Our first stop was Miramare Castle. It was built for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. I read some reviews that said it wasn't necessary to tour the castle, but I really wanted to learn the history so we were happy to pay the 4€ admission fee (each). The information panels had English translations so we didn't have to rent audio guides. I thought it was worth the money. The park is free and has a lot of paths to follow for a nice stroll. We only walked a short ways because we had other things in town that we wanted to see. We walked along the sea side of the castle on our way out. The views from the outside balconies were amazing, we got so many gorgeous pictures out there. I definitely recommend checking out the castle if you're in the area.




















Miramare Castle
Viale Miramare
34151 Trieste

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ech's First Trip to Venice

When I got back from Hawaii I asked Will to see if he could take a little time off after ALS so we could spend some time together. Also I wanted him to have some fun and decompress after working so hard in training. We live an hour away from Venice and yet this was my first trip to Venice. I have a love/hate relationship with the city. I love how beautiful and unique it is. But I hate that it's basically a huge confusing labyrinth. Our only goal of the day was to find Piazza San Marco and the rest of the time we just wandered down random alleys and roads. We accidentally wandered off the map and had a heckuva time trying to find our way back to the train station. It was an adventure and a really fun one at that.

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