On the first Sunday of the month many museums around Udine are free so half a dozen of us exchange students took the opportunity to wander through the castle that overlooks our town of Udine.
My exchange program took us out to Trieste for the day. We caught the train for nearly two hours in the morning and met our tour guide at the other end. A bus ride later we were at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, gazing across at Slovenia and the tip of Croatia. Down a walkway that hugged the coastline, standing atop a small cliff, was the Castello di Miramare.
Everyone was excited, cameras ready. Many had masks and many Italians walked around in full costume. Dresses from the Renaissance, a man dressed to appear he was riding a horse and the traditional Plague Doctor costume with beaked mask and leather cloak.
Turns out, quite a few of these narrow paths lead right to a canal and just end. I guess you're meant to get into a boat. The canals themselves a murky blue-green, beautiful.
It’s two-thirty in the morning. I’m so jetlagged. I landed in Venice yesterday afternoon through thick fog and breezed through immigration, currency exchange and baggage handling. For 8 euros I got a one way bus ticket to Venice proper and changed into some jeans and a clean shirt, pulling out the trench coat Dee gave me. Thank God she did because my hoodie would not have been enough. It was only seven celcius and raining.