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July 28, 2019

Italy: Bologna, Conserva di Valverde

Inside the Conserva di Valverde

Lists of Bologna’s must see sight usually include the Fountain of Neptune, which sits in Piazza Nettuno near the city’s central square, Piazza Maggiore. Today the Neptune’s Fountain attracts many selfie-snapping visitors. But in the past it served a more practical purpose: Built during the Renaissance the fountain was intended as a source of clean drinking water for Bologna’s populace. Even now it is common to see people fill their plastic bottles with the potable water coming from the fountain. (more…)

July 25, 2019

Italy: Bologna, FICO Eataly World

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Fresh pasta

FICO Eataly World in Bologna describes itself as the largest food park in the world. It is a claim that’s hard to dispute, as what constitutes a “food park” is poorly defined. Nevertheless it is hard to imagine that there could be a larger version anything anywhere that is remotely similar to Eataly World. (more…)

Italy: Bologna, the Two Towers

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A view from the top of the Asinelli Tower

It is claimed that Medieval Bologna had 180 towers. That must have been an impressive sight in the day. Today fewer than twenty of these towers remain, all of which seem to be leaning one way or the other. (more…)

July 19, 2019

Italy: Bologna

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One of Bologna’s many temples of food

Bologna doesn’t make the best first impression. It’s a city that can look a little rough and feel a bit uncomfortable on arrival. But as you peel back the layers you realize that there’s a lot to understand and to love behind Bologna’s unpolished facades. It quickly becomes one of those places that once you leave you immediately want to return. That is the way Bologna was for us. (more…)

July 8, 2019

Most Serene Republic of San Marino

The second of San Marino’s three towers, the Cesta, is located on the highest of Monte Titano’s summits.

The Most Serene Republic of San Marino is a geographical curiosity. Based on land area it is the third smallest country in Europe behind only Monaco and the Vatican City. Population-wise, only the Vatican has fewer residents than San Marino.


June 21, 2019

Italy: Aquileia and Ravenna, the Mosaic Tour

A mosaic ceiling in Ravenna Italy

Mosaics, it turned out, became an unplanned theme of the Northern Italian segment of our 2018 road trip. (more…)

May 31, 2019

Italy: Trieste and the Sound of Music

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A cruise ship moored in Trieste’s port.

Attentive watchers of the “The Sound of Music” will notice that the father of the family, Baron Georg von Trapp, is an Austrian naval captain. The famous play and movie is based on a true story. Georg von Trapp did in fact exist in real life. And though some details of his life story were changed by Hollywood, the movie correctly relays that von Trapp was an Austrian naval commander. Which seems odd, as Austria was at the time of the movie landlocked. So how is that Captain von Trapp, the man who the Nazis coveted as a submarine commander, lived in a country without a port or sea front? (more…)

May 21, 2019

Italy: Trieste

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Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia

The seaside city of Trieste is located on the northeastern hook edge of Italy.  I’d been interested in visiting Trieste for some time but it never fit into our travel itinerary. It wasn’t until we took a road trip that looped down through Slovenia and Croatia that a visit to Trieste became convenient. (more…)

April 28, 2019

Slovenia: Škocjan Caves

The suspended walkway leaves the cave.

Before departing Sovenia we had the opportunity for one last stop. We used this chance to see the Škocjan Caves. In 1986 the caves and area around them were established as an UNESCO World Heritage site, Slovenia’s first. As usual the UNESCO designation provided motivation for our visit. (more…)

April 26, 2019

Slovenia: Piran

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Piran’s small harbor gives boats shelter from the sea.

Slovenia barely escapes being landlocked. The country, sandwiched between Croatia to the south and Italy to the north, includes a modest stretch of land along the Adriatic coast roughly 27 miles in length. Short as it is, the Slovenian coast is attractive. A popular destination on the water is the attractive commune of Piran. Situated at the tip of a peninsula the town has a population of around 3,900. (more…)

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