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May 10th 2018
Yesterday and today…
Yesterday I put my first serious steps on the Via Alpina, Stage 1 of the Yellow Trail. To my disappointment I was not quite happy with this trip: there were some pretty parts, but I have also been wandering around on roads under construction and on industrial areas. I have still some thinking to do on these negative impressions – on Friday I will continue, where I stopped yesterday: at one of the industrial areas between Trieste and Muggia…
But today I left my hotel without a fixed plan or a map – just for a stroll through the town. The weather was nice and like every day there was a small fruit- and vegetable market on the square in front of the St. Antony church. Here Assumption Day is a normal working day… The sea keeps on attracting me, so I went again to the seaside to take some pictures.
Trieste is a town without a clear structure of style. Each period has added something of its own to it. There is a lot of ugliness, but of course there are beautiful building and monuments. Hereunder a small selection:
After a while I spotted a road sign to the University of Trieste, which I followed – a steep climb – to a huge complex, that high on a hilltop offers a wonderful view over the city and the Gulf of Trieste. The place was buzzing with young people, sitting under the arcades of on the steps leading to the forecourt.
Furthermore during my walk there was a lot to see as to flora – especially growing on south-faces walls:
… and fauna: a billboard to warn against meningitis transferred by ticks, a moment of relaxation for three cats in an garden and many hooded crows who were too fast to take a picture.
The disadvantage of following my nose without a map, is arriving somewhere, where I was not supposed to be. I was heading for the Parco di Villa Giulia, again high above Trieste, but I did not arrive at the Park, but at a castle-like building with a school – on private grounds. I left again, but on my way I had still spotted something interesting: the Tram di Opicina, a railway connection dating back to 1902, partly a tram, partly a cable car (on the steep part). Unfortunately this historical tramway, Line 2, taken out of service (due to an accident in August 2016) and replaced by a normal bus. There are a number of stops, one of which is near the school. There are several waggons, so I had the chance to take some pictures.
Later I returned on the normal bus to the town. Today it was again a pleasant day – tomorrow I will continue with regained courage on the Via Alpina with Stage 1 Muggia-Premuda Hut!