Month: November 2013

Venice In October

Venice was the first and last stop on our recent trip to Europe. To my surprise the city was still busy with tourists at the beginning of October, technically the end of high season. Venice is a great place to wander around, explore and get lost. And get lost we did on multiple occasions while trying to navigate the intricate narrow streets and figure out the impossible-to-read city map. Venice is living history but it also entices visitors with designer boutiques and inviting window displays. Although the budget didn’t allow for shopping, I took the time to admire the perfect leather Italian shoes in the shop windows. One of my favourite landmarks in the city is the Doge Palace. The tour of the palace allowed me to learn about Venetian history and the structure of the Venetian government across centuries. Layer upon layer of government was added over time to deal with social and political issues. The palace is also a great place for art lovers. The interiors of the administrative offices are decorated with …

Picturesque Piran

Piran is a small town in the southwest of Slovenia on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. There’s no direct train from Ljubljana to Piran but the bus ride between the two cities takes only about 3 hours. Piran is popular with Slovenians and other Europeans alike. The town center is small and it can be visited quickly. This is the perfect place to take a few days to unwind after a busy trip without feeling guilty that parts of Piran are left unexplored. We stayed at Hotel Piran, a well established hotel that had been recently renovated. The hotel is right on the coast. Breakfast was phenomenal and included prosciutto, smoked salmon and a variety of delicious baked goods. Piran was under Venetian rule for over 500 years (13th to 18th century). Traces of Venetian Gothic architecture have been left in Piran. A tower inspired by the tower in Piazza San Marco in Venice was built here. The tower is on top of a hill overlooking Piran right next to St-George Cathedral. The town’s main square, Tartini Square, is named after composer …