We have been busy the last weeks. First a day trip up to Udine for a cultural and food festival. Then, we took a trip up to Zurich, Switzerland to visit colleagues I worked with in the past. The conclusion was stopping by to see Megan at Franklin University, spending a couple of days getting to know Lugano better.
After nine hours on the train, we really felt the remoteness of Trieste. Rather than go into too much detail, here are some photos that capture some instants of our experience.
Before touring Udine, we headed over to the charming little town of Cividale.
In Zurich, we stayed in a business apartment near the Oerlikon station. A hotel without a lobby provided an interesting experience. In Europe, free wifi depends on getting an SMS on a cellphone. My iPad provided a particular challenge. After figuring out the pay phones, I was able to get connected in. This photo looks out at the tracks and shows the majestic station in reflection.
Megan showed us around Lugano city.
We stopped for gelato, practicing our Italian.
To the north around the lake is a sculpture garden. I enjoy interacting with the art in one way or another.
It was a hazy day. For all the predictions of rain, all we saw was a light sprinkle.
Back in Trieste
Sunday, we relaxed with just a walk around Trieste. This is the old South Station of Imperial Trieste. Here is where the trains from Austro-Hungarian Empire arrived at their free port. The Hapsburg family alighted here when visiting from Venice.
Third Sundays of the month are marked by an open air antique market. It was fun to look at all the displays of modern and old and ancient artifacts.