Hiking in the Alps

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Basovizza: a remembrance of the Second World War

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May 1st 2019

The First of May: from a festive day to a commemoration of a massacre

This morning the sun was shining brightly: a nice perspective for the celebration of May 1st – Labour’s Day, in Italy very much an official holyday! I had read somewhere that near the little village of Basovizza, approximately 10 kilometres to the northeast of Trieste, not only still exists an authentic border control post with the former Yugoslavia dating from the Cold War, but also a national memorial for the victims of the Second World War, who were thrown into so-called “Foibe“, the deep sinkholes in the Karst in this area. Continue reading

Sistiana and Duino: Stages B3 (end) and B4 (part 1) of the Yellow Trail

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April 30th 2019

Nature along the coast and a cave in the mountains

Yesterday, April 29th, I set off to finally complete the Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail: last year on May 14th 2018 I took the wrong direction somewhere between Prosecco and Sistiana and arrived at the railway station of Bivio d’Aurisana in the pouring rain. At the same railway station I started in good spirits for the end of the stage. Now I had the opportunity to have a look at the marble quarry of Cava Romana through the gate and over the fence… Continue reading

Miramare: a romantic castle on the seaside

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April 28th 2019

A thunderstorm at sea and rain in the Park

This morning the sky was cloudy and a splash of rain was falling… That’s why I made the plan to go to the Castello di Miramare Castle, about 10 kilometres to the west of Trieste. It is one of the touristic hotspots in this region, especially because the interior and the furniture haven’t changed since the times when Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg (1832–1867), Emperor’s Franz Josef I. younger brother, and his wife Charlotte of Belgium lived there (from 1860 to 1864). Continue reading

Walking through modern and Roman Trieste

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April 27th 2019

Back in Trieste again!

My trip by train from Salzburg to Villach went upstream at first along the river the Salzach, that had been back in Salzburg a rather wide stream, but that the further south we came grew smaller and smaller between mountains that grew higher. Their names appear in the descriptions of the stages of the Via Alpina! Continue reading

Prosecco: Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail – part 2 – and the Grotta Gigante

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May 15th 2018

High over the coastal road and deep into the cave

Yesterday I have made another attempt to cover the remaining 17½ kilometres of Stage B3, from Prosecco to Sistiana. Therefore I started in Prosecco. The weather was covered and not as nice as the past few days. Rain had also been forecasted – but for now I could still hike in my short-sleeved shirt. In Prosecco another symbol of the Alpe Adria Trail was standing – this time a real “road sign”. Continue reading

Opicina: Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail – part 1

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May 13th 2018

Napoleon’s Road and French music

On my way to the bus that would take me to Opicina for the sequel of my trip I passed a special sculpture of bronze: the “Penna Alpina”. It is an homage to the “Alpini”, a unit of the Italian army, that can be deployed especially in mountainous terrain (the Alps). Recently they have been deployed in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Bagnoli della Rosandra: Stage B2 of the Yellow Trail

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May 12th 2018

The Karst: over rocks and though forests

Today Stage B2 led from Bagnoli della Rosandra, where yesterday I ended my hike, to Opicina, a small town on the mountain ridge to the west of Trieste, over a distance of approximately 13 kilometres. The weather was nice for walking and 09.40 hrs I got on the Line 40 bus that took me along the scenic route, well-known by now, to Bagnoli in the Val Rosandra Valley (it was a Saturday and the bus did not pass through the industrial areas). Continue reading

Muggia: Stage B1 of the Yellow Trail

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May 11th 2018

A Stage with far more plus points than minus points!

The day before yesterday I set off with a lot of anticipation to finally start the first stage of the Via Alpina. That was because of several reasons not very successful: I stranded somewhere on a desolate industrial area with moreover the threat of a thunderstorm. Today I started with regained energy to find my way back from that desolate industrial area towards nature and fresh air. That proved to be more difficult than I thought: which bus stop at which industrial area was the right one… Continue reading

A stroll through Trieste

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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… Continue reading

Muggia: starting point of the Via Alpina

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May 8th 2018

A walk through Muggia

This morning at breakfast I couldn’t believe my eyes: I have never seen so many sweet dishes at a breakfast buffet! The lemon pie is my favourite, followed by chocolate rolls… And tiny cups of very strong espresso to wake up! Strengthened by so much sugar I set off to Muggia, where the first stage of the Via Alpina starts: Muggia to the Permuda Hut. Therefore I had to take the bus, Line 20. One has to buy a ticket in advance, because that is not possible on the bus, but surely at the many little booths – one can find one on the corner of every street. Continue reading

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