Sunday, July 29, 2012

Miramare Castle

The last time we were at Miramare Castle, we didn’t go inside at all.  We just walked through the gardens and around the outside of the castle.  This time we were able to go inside, but didn’t do much of the outside.
I don’t think I would ever get tired of the views surrounding the castle.  There’s a great view of Trieste, and the coastline by the castle is beautiful.
It was Shelly and Donna’s first time in Trieste and at the castle.  I think they enjoyed it.  Donna (Mark’s mom) would have been happy any place the kids were.
Our contemplative little guy.
The castle was built by Maximilian of Hapsburg, who was a commander in the Austrian military.  He was killed when he was 35 years old, so the fact that he was able to build a house like this that young was pretty impressive.
The inside of the castle was beautiful.  I took a ton of pictures.  The floors and ceilings were incredibly ornate, along with most of the furnishings.  It really made me wonder what it would have been like to live there 150 years ago.
It was a super hot day so we decided to dip our feet into the water.  The water is so pretty here, I would have loved to swim here.  I think it would be fantastic to have a house right on the water like that, and have your own personal “swimming pool”.
This was our family picture last time we were at the castle.
And this is what it was this time.
It’s amazing how much can change in 2 years.  Wonder what the next two years will bring? 
Abbie likes to think she’s a big girl, but she’s still not above having daddy carry her when she gets tired.
I’m glad the weather was great during our visit to the cave, Trieste and the castle.  I think it actually rained while we were in the cave, but by the time we got out of it, it was sunny.  Perfect!
Could all 3 year olds spend half their day upside down given the chance, or just mine?
If you’re ever in the northeast part of Italy, stop by Miramare Castle!  I don’t think you’ll regret it!

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