The Croatian Coast

After Bobby took over duties for the last few blogs, I figured I should get back to my normal blogging routine (although he is a better writer than me)!  Last week, we took a ten day trip down the coast of Croatia, through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then back to Italy.  It ended up being quite a bit of driving, but well worth it.  It’s no wonder that Croatia has been on Nat Geo’s list of places to visit the last couple of years.  We started out in Zadar (after a short pit-stop in the Italian city of Aquileia), traveled through Split and Trogir, and then ended our Adriatic coast trip in Dubrovnik.

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Sacrario Militare di Redipuglia


We started our large August trip in the small northeastern Italian town of Redipuglia.  The “Sacrario Militare di Redipuglia” is a combined memorial/cemetery to the Italian soldiers who perished during WWI.  Built in the fascist-style, the stair-stepped monument is huge; 100,187 fallen are buried here – 39,857 known and 60,330 unknown.  The Duke of Aosta, who was the Commander of the Italian Third Army, is buried at the lowest level of the cemetery.  In order to to accommodate his wishes, the Duke was buried alongside his soldiers at the monument in 1931.  His grave is covered with a 75-ton red rock tomb, which is pretty impressive. … [Read More]

Cities of Water – Venice & Trieste

Grand Canal, Venice

The second part of our journey started off in the most famous Italian water city – Venice.  Then, we made our way to the far east edges of Italy to the city of Trieste.  Unfortunately, the weather turned nasty and our last few days were filled with raindrops and thick fog.  Nevertheless, we tried to make the most of it, even after a couple of (almost) disastrous hotel stays.

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