Europe in February - Itinerary Ideas

Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 01:24 AM
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Yes, that's the point.
If someone from a distant country, having very hazy ideas of Central-European history would claim the Hungarian influence in Trieste, I wouldn't bother a single second to comment, but it was a Hungarian person???

Actually Northern Serbia was Hungary for almost 1,000 Years!!!
In the middle ages even Belgrade was a Hungarian border fortress, called Nándorfehérvár.
The Northern part of Serbia only became part of the Yugoslavian Kingdom only after the Trianon treaty of June 4, 1920. Before the war in Yugoslavia of 1991-1995, the majority of the population were ethnic Hungarians, not Serbians.
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Old Oct 8th, 2017, 09:43 AM
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Thank you for all of your replies.
Turns out, in my multi-tasking, I thought she was referring to Hungarian influences in Trieste. Nope, she was totally talking about a different city - she just wants to go to Trieste, because.

I'm starting to think more than 2 days in Trieste may be boring. I'll take PalenQ's suggestion of two nights with a day trip to Miramare (which we were already going to do).

@Thursdaysd - I really want more of that small-town, old architecture, picture-postcard type locations.

Our itinerary has evolved to the following: Venice->Trieste->Ljubljana (& Lake Bled)->Budapest

Thoughts on times in each city?
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Old Oct 8th, 2017, 10:00 AM
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You will find interesting architecture in all those towns (except, to my taste, Trieste) although I don't know whether you consider Art Nouveau "old". But aside, perhaps, from Ljubljana, none of the places you list count as "small-town". And you have not answered my question regarding winter.
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 06:40 PM
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@Thursdaysd - yes, I am aware of what weather conditions will be like. That is the reason we are going.
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Yes, all personal but I love Trieste and have spent weeks there over the years. It has a rich layered history that should be studied a bit before you go in order to appreciate the varied architecture. A caution. There is a wild wind called the Bora that blows very strongly in Trieste. February is a prime time for this. You might want to do some checking. Favorites for me after long days of tripping in the area were the Viennese style coffee houses.
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 02:30 AM
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Miramare is am easy walk along the coast from Trieste. Not much to see except the castle which as castles go is sort of ehh unless you're into the sad story of Max and Mad Carlotta.
Then there's also the castle of Duino, of Rilke fame.
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 09:51 AM
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[email protected] - thanks for the encouraging words about Trieste! Most articles I read call it an unappreciated "gem", and a great city to visit - was starting to get discouraged. My travel partner really wants to visit, hence we are visiting.

The wind actually sounds exciting (easy to say now, in the warmth of Southern California) because we never get any weather here in SoCal other than sun. Lol. I know, I know, many of you will be lining up to lynch me hahaha!

It will give me an excuse to wear my pea coat which I bought in Venice last year and promptly wore only two days on my Eastern Mediterranean cruise due to warmer than average temps! Lol!

Miramare will be a visit just for the castle - glad to know it is walking distance!

I look forward to the coffee houses in Trieste and enjoying a warm beverage while it is cold outside.

Should I expect snow in Trieste in February?
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 10:36 AM
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Should I expect snow in Trieste in February?>

Not normally:

http://www.holiday-weather.com/tries...ages/february/

And a big yeh to Trieste but just for a day or two.
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 10:53 AM
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I don't know about snow in Trieste in February. Check out the pictures of the Bora Blows on the net. I've been there during the Bora and it IS interesting. Chains come out along posts at the edge of the sidewalk so people can hang on. At night the whooshes of blowing are accented by the sounds of debris flying through the streets. You will enjoy this.

As your partner will see, this is "shlag" country as in "cafe mit schlag", another relic left by the Hapsburgs. (whipped cream) On the way to the station, there is a lovely statue of the Austrian Empress Sissy. Each and every day I was on my way to the station she held a different nosegay of fresh flowers in her hand.
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From Trieste, if Trieste isn't as appealing as you hoped, day trips are possible. Udine has an ancient history and is Italian. Gorizia has an ancient history and retains much of its Austrian feel although it was heavily destroyed in WWI. I went there to look at the Fascist architecture as part of my study of the Isonzo battlefields.
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