2 Weeks of Travels Part I: The North

Friday, August 12, 2011

I decided to break up the post about our 2 week vacation into 3 parts: The North, Tuscany, and the South.
Part one will be about the beginning of our trip in the North.

VENICE

When Jacob's parent's arrived in Italy the first thing we did was head to Venice. It was our second time going there, and I'm sure it won't be our last.






TRIESTE

The following day we headed to Trieste, one of the more popular towns in our region. It was only about a 2 hour drive from us, and I was much more impressed with it than I thought I would be. The first place we went to was the Castello Di Miramare.



The castle was originally built for Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium who later became the Emperor and Empress of Mexico.





The castle was really neat to see, and the outside was stunning as well.




After spending much of the day in Trieste we headed to Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

We originally decided to head to Ljubljana because Jake's mother's family is from there, and she was curious to see it. We live so close to the border of Slovenia that it was an easy trip. We arrived in Ljubljana in the evening, and I thought it was a really neat city.








SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

I'm going to be honest, I absolutely loved Salzburg. I think it might have been one of my favorite cities. It was much cleaner than many Italian cities, but yet it was just as striking. This is one of the places that Jacob and I are definitely planning to visit again and luckily is is only 3 hours from us.
Not to mention, the city has great shopping which never hurts...
Like most cities there was a castle and a church that we visited. Salzburg is also where Mozart was born, and it's featured in The Sound of Music. 
I retract my previous statement. I don't think it might have been one of my favorite cities, it IS one of my favorite cities.















We hiked all the way up to the top of the castle, and as a reward for our hard work there was a Beer Garden on the way down. Now that's what I'm talking about.
I ended up enjoying both Slovenia and Austria much more than I had anticipated, and we are eager to go back and spend more time in both countries. If you ever find yourself visiting us I highly recommend checking out these nearby countries.

I will post Part II soon which will be all about our time in Tuscany.

Ciao!


3 comments:

  1. You should go to Salzburg when the have their Christmas market. It's so magical!

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  2. Looks like you are having a blast in Italy...and beyond!! I'm hoping the hubby and I will get to visit Italy soon. We've been busy exploring our new host country, Germany! It's also beautiful! Make sure you make a trip to Bavaria! :) Love reading about your journey.

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