trieste | a little of muggia

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We had our first summer visitor this week and we did a little bit of exploring. The weather put on a great show and we had to head to the beach. Now, when I say “beach” this is a bit different to what I grew up with at home, ie sand gradually giving way to sea, with waves either gentle or aggressive. The beaches here are cement stretches that turn to rocks with a drop into water where you can’t touch the ground. I have to say though, that even though the beaches themselves might not be as pretty to photograph I prefer the fact that I don’t get sand all over me when applying sunscreen and that there aren’t really waves which I am still kind of nervous of as an adult. Plus the water is much warmer than that in Cape Town.

We decided to take a little boat trip across the harbour to the fishing village of Muggia. I hadn’t yet visited so it was new for me too, which is always fun.

The beach is a strip that admittedly looks onto the industrial complex that stretches between Trieste and Muggia although the water itself is clear and lovely! It is the village itself that is quite lovely. We didn’t go into any of the churches (as we were in shorts) and ignored the sign for the medieval castle assuming it would probably just be a shell. After wondering around and snapping pictures for about 15 minutes we simply found somewhere to eat and settled down for about an hour in the heat of the day.

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We settled on ‘Trattoria Splendor’ which seemed like somewhere the locals headed and had a simple but delicious pasta with mushrooms. The lady (who we assumed was the owner) thought we were absolutely crazy for wanting to sit outside (in the shade) when it was so cool inside. After muttering a lot while taking our orders she promptly sent her husband out with our drinks and food. He was a delightful flirty old gent of the kind that you find quite endearing. I would recommend anyone to try it out if you just so happen to be in the area, the menu is predominantly meaty however.

I’m looking forward to heading back with other visitors in the coming months, and maybe I’ll duck inside one of the churches.

sunshine and sea air

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Yesterday I organised with some friends to meet in the gardens of our local castle for a birthday picnic. Everybody brought some food so we stuffed our faces, drank prosecco (sometimes with orange juice) and enjoyed the sunshiney day. Trieste is a quiet sort of town, there are lots of bars and restaurants, but if you don’t speak sufficient Italian your weekend activities are reduced as going to the movies or the theatre don’t make too much sense. After being in London for 8 years it is a bit of an adjustment living in a small town. Any small town people want to tell me what they get up to on a weekend?

In the summer, however, I think there will be a lot more picnics. Or just enjoying the sea. I really do love having the sea air and the sunshine.
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a secret garden in trieste

museo-storia-ed-art-5-mycreative Last week I met up with Erynn, a lady I was introduced to through Twitter who had recently moved to Trieste. We decided to head to a museum and settled on the Civic Museum of History and Art. We walked up the hill that sits in the centre of town and which was where the ancient city of Tergeste (as it was known to the Romans) started. Some Roman ruins remain and the cathedral is built on the foundations of some ancient buildings. The Museum is just a little bit down from there. It is about the strangest ‘entry’ to a museum that I have ever experienced in that we had to ring a bell to get in, someone met us at the door then we had to go down some stairs, out the ‘back’ door and into another adjoining building. The man who met us at the door had disappeared but re-entered from another door, took our money and then disappeared again to bring us back tickets. As you can imagine we were the only people in the museum – which is quite fun actually.

Despite it’s name it is more history than art, containing sections on Egypt (there was a full mummy!) and Paleolithic man (with pieces that had been found from caves in the area) as well as some Mayan pieces and perhaps pieces from the middle ages. There is no signage in English but it was fun working out what the stuff was.

The best part of the museum though was the garden. It is overgrown, full of seemingly discarded statues which seem to be waiting around for something to happen, benches, balcony metalwork and pieces of masonry. I loved it. I might even be willing to pay the €5 museum entrance fee just to spend all day in the garden.

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Surrounding the garden are apartments which look down onto this little oasis. I might be tempted to move if I could get one of the flats that look into the garden.

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a walk along barcola

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The weather this weekend was springtime perfection. Warming and clear and spring-full with just a slight chill in the air but comfortable enough to go coatless. What bliss.

Tim and I decided to head down to the Barcola area of Trieste to have a nice walk. Barcola is a suburb of Trieste which runs along the sea and there is a long promenade with areas for sunbathing and swimming. I imagine when the weather warms up slightly it will get quite crowded but it was still fairly quiet at this time of year. It has that hint of art deco about it that I think all bathing areas around the world seem to have with bright blue and copper piping.

The walk ends at Miramare Castle which I will tell you more about another time but you can see it in the background in some pictures.

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I was confused by the proliferation of scales along the walk. Are people really going to weigh themselves when they go down to the sea? Surely that is not the time you want to know you’ve had too many gelati?

I was also happy to find that there were some pebbles along the beach as I had been wondering where I would find some for some still life styling. I was as happy as a kid who had found a treasure, see …

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I think we will definitely be spending a lot of our summer along here. I am already planning picnic brunches and lunches and sundowners.

 

la grotta gigante & birthday presents when you have no cash

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Sunday we went to one of Trieste’s ‘famous’ tourist attractions, the Giant Cave. It isn’t the biggest cave in the world but it is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the biggest cave which tourists can visit. So it is the biggest one you will ever see, unless you are a speleologist. It is 100 metres high and around 130 metres wide. This requires walking down 500 stairs on the one side and bit of a wander near the bottom and a climb up 500 stairs on the other side so not for the rather unfit. The tour was lead by a specialist. There are lots of science centres in Trieste so I don’t think they have them in short supply.

A visit to the cave was part of Tim’s birthday present. His birthday was a few weeks back and though I wanted to give him a massive expensive present as a symbol of appreciation (isn’t that always the way) I just didn’t have the money. It isn’t a new idea but I made him a sort of mixed ‘box of adventures’. Inside was a notebook that I had got in trade for some photographs, some money for earphones that he was after (so he could have a soundtrack for his adventures) and some ‘adventure vouchers’. Using vouchers meant that I could spread the cost while still showing how much I care. Other vouchers include things like ‘a date night somewhere new’, ‘an adventurous read’, ‘prints of some instagram adventures’ as well as things that don’t cost money like going on a hike.

They key with this type of present is making sure you act on them. As the giver I would say it is my responsibility. Put the vouchers up on the fridge or somewhere you will see them so you will be reminded to use them and not just make it a crappy present.

Have you ever given vouchers for a birthday? Or would you? I’d love to hear your ideas

On a side note don’t you love the graphic for cave on the signs?

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trieste film festival

trieste film festival The end of last week saw the start of the Trieste Film Festival, an annual event that started 25 years ago. It runs for over a week but over the weekend Tim and I got in the chance to see some films that we could understand. We watched two sessions of the short films which come with English subtitles. Win!

It was inspiring to see a series of shorts and the creative story that can be told in a short period of time. It is a pity I can’t share any with you but my favourite was probably an animated one called Boles.

The rest of January is a bit run around but I am planning on getting some more regular content up here come February. I’d really like to make a few more videos for the blog again. And actually get some proper photos up here to! I have a few ideas for photo shoots and blog posts. Hopefully I can get myself organised!

How has January been for you? Tell me I am not alone in my hibernation.