Mon 10 Oct 05 18 °C
I was in Trieste today, and it was an absolutely gorgeous day for it. After the first week of rain and general weather-related misery, it's been fantastic here since about Sunday.
Sunday, I slept in a little and then spent the day in Cividale, where there was a sort of folk festival going on, with a little Italianized oompa-loompa band. A guy on the street had a huge grill, with polenta squares and sausages going on it with rosemary and bay mixed in -- I got a plate of that with cubes of Montasio cheese on top for 3 euros and got through about half of it before I was stuffed. Possibly the richest food I have ever eaten.
Today I woke up early and took the train into Udine so I could hop on the internet before leaving for Trieste. Typically, though, they were closed on a Monday morning, so I had to leave without it.
The scenery on the train ride into Trieste is worth the price of the ticket itself. The tracks are perched on the side of the mountains that hug the coast, and as you come down the Carso into the city, you get a fantastic view of the shimmering Adriatic and all the houses and vineyards up and down the cliffs.
Trieste itself is a gorgeous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century city. Most of the museums etc. were closed today (Monday, apparently the third day of the weekend here), but I bought a nice little guidebook and went for a few hours' walk, including a huge climb up to the top of the San Giusto hill, which had a fantastic panoramic view of the city and the sea. Got back here in time for an hour or so of catch-up time on the Internet, which has been nice, so I can do some planning for the next few days that I've desperately needed.
To come on the itinerary - Treviso, Trieste again, possibly Venice.
Saturday I'm going on an organize hike through rural England with stop for a pub lunch with my host, and I just bought my ticket for Charlton-Fulham on Monday night.
I might try to bring some pics over here on my iPod tomorrow - but don't hold your breath that it will work. If it doesn't, they'll come Friday or Saturday where I'm back in the civilized, WiFi-enabled world.
(and go Lions)