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  • Day190


    January 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Udine provided yet another free overnight park with water and toilet emptying facilities. We have a lot more freedom in Italy as it doesn't have the same restrictions on sleeping overnight as Austria and Croatia, but all the places we've visited so far have provided free sites so we haven't felt the need to fly camp. We suspect it may be as a result of the New Year holiday but we've seen lots more vans around than we've been used to.

    The stopover was 2 miles out of the city centre and we were glad we walked in because it gave us a chance to experience the difference between the suburbs and the historic old town. If you were to ascribe a colour to the suburbs it would have to be grey. While there were some interesting pieces of architecture, they were somewhat overshadowed by the prevalent graffiti, piles of rubbish and the shabby appearance of many of the flats we passed that had iron bars protecting the windows. It wasn't like this was the picture you took in everywhere you looked and some of the iron bars were ornate, but there was enough of it to give an impression of a run down area.

    In stark contrast to this, we gradually emerged to the resplendent grandeur of Piazza
    della Liberta with its (according to the Rough Guides book) 'classic Venetian architecture'. It was a large open space with columns and arches of a stone brick palace on one side and a covered white stone cloister running along the opposite side. The cloister fronted a beautiful bell tower that displayed a shining golden sun and was topped with bronze statues of men ringing the bell. It was all a far cry from the neglected buildings we'd walked past to get there!

    Behind the bell tower, steep steps took us up the hill to the Castello and its lawn. The Castle itself was large but a bit shabby. What drew our attention more, were the people who'd climbed above the city shade to enjoy the sun on the grassy area. They were sat in a group having a picnic, playing games with a dog or just walking by themselves, taking in the stunning views of the clay rooftops and various towers or domes below.

    Udine also had a duomo (cathedral), a large and attractive but not overstated building. We'd stopped for coffee and tea at a cafe on the way to see it, giving the sun time to sink low and large. It shone amber rays directly on the the cathedral as we approached.
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  • Day21

    Italy, Udine.

    June 28, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Today was check out day, and not surprisingly the massive storm that raged all night was still going this morning which made loading the car a bit tricky. Apparently this kind of weather is common in Lake Como at this time of year. This entry (and tomorrow's) are going to be short and boring. We are spending these two days driving to Vienna where we stop for 3 days. On leaving Lake Como we had hoped that once we cleared the mountains that form the "bowl" of the lake that we would be past the worst of the storms. That theory held true for a few hundred K's and I am now sitting in our hotel room in Udine listening to the thunder. It's not cold though. I drove about 440k's today to get here, all of it on autostrada, so not hard driving, just boring. The town of Udine is north of Venice and I wish I could tell you that it is a pretty river town, with lots of trees and gorgeous old buildings. Roger went for a walk through the old part of town and it actually looks quite interesting. We only here for the one night, same type of journey to get to our next stop tomorrow . The hotel we're staying in? Unremarkable, although, I'm always a little suss when I first open the door to the room and I am overpowered by the artificially floral smell of cheap air freshener.Read more

  • Day11


    August 7, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and walked to near the railway station to catch the "Flix" bus to Trieste at 9.50 am. We had pre-purchased tickets. The almost 2 hour bus ride from Ljubljana was comfortable. There was wifi on board. We arrived in Trieste shortly before noon. We left our bags at the luggage storage and then changed some money. We bought some baguettes to share on the train for lunch. With a minute to spare we managed to board the train in time to Udine.

    We arrived in Udine 1.5 hours later. From the railway station it is a short walk into the historic centre.

    Udine is a city in northeastern Italy. Although it is a large city it is rarely visited by tourists. Surprising, given its splendid buildings. It was early afternoon. Most of the shops were closed and the streets practically deserted. We walked up to the hilltop Udine Castle which is home to several museums and an art gallery with works by Tiepolo and Caravaggio. From there we enjoyed the views of the city and surrounding mountains. The central Piazza della Libertà has Renaissance buildings, including the pink-and-white-marble Loggia del Lionello and a clock tower. We passed by several churches including the Udine Cathedral which has a baroque exterior.

    It was only to be a quick visit. We headed back to the train station to catch the 3.08 express train back to Trieste.

    From the railway station it was a 10 minute walk to our overnight accommodation. After settling we headed out for supplies including washing powder. Upon our return we loaded up what we thought was the washing machine with our dirty laundry only to discover in fact it was a dryer. Jeed spent over an hour cleaning up the mess and cleaned clothes by hand. Not a happy bunny. After happy hour we went to a nearby restaurant "ristorante pepenero pepebianci". It was a lovely restaurant in a restored 19th century horse stable. Food and wine were superb. The complimentary Prosecco was a nice touch.
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Udine, Udin, UDN, Удине

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