I am back at Jake’s Sunday Post Challlenge.
The beautiful floor mosaics of Basilica di Sant’Eufemia in Grado, Italy.
More patterns to see.
Most pictures I am taking “from above” have one of my dogs as motif. The reason is simple, they both like to lie on their back belly upside-down when sleeping or just relaxing. They often have a funny look when doing so. I show you two examples from greek stray dog.
This must be some kind of dog-yoga-position…
and here I caught him sneezing – although it looks like someone is tickling him…
Here are more sights from above.
Again we’ve spent some time in Italy. After an unexpected long and rainy drive we arrived in the small town Strassoldo, Friuli where we had a beautiful stay in one of the holiday homes of Strassoldo Castle. I am going to save that for an extra post.
Due to the distance between Valais and Friuli we had estimated a 6 hours drive but we didn’t consider such a heavy change of weather into our planning. The night before our start winter returned to the Alps. Having temperatures up to 28 degree the days before, the heavy snow fall that greeted us in the morning was quite sudden. We could not take the Simplon Pass like intended because our car had already going through its annual tire change. First we tried to enter the Simplon car train but we were not the only ones with the same problem. They had a waiting period up to at last 3 o’clock in the afternoon that day. So we decided to head back and take the tunnel at Grand St. Bernard. From there we entered Aosta Valley with heavy rainfall that accompanied us on most of our way from Milano to Venice. What a ride, it took us the whole day. But this was soon to forgotten when we arrived at our destination, with mild temperatures and sunshine.
Friuli is a rather small region in northeast of Italy, close to Austrian and Slovenian border, that has everything in its landscape. The ocean on front, smoothing hill wood land in its center and the Alps at its back.
Like to expect in Italy there are many historical places and cities with vibrant street life to visit. One I have to name is Cividale del Friuli that received its town charter from Julius Caesar himself and is UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.
Beside all the historical points of interest the most read word on a sign along the road was “outlet”. We passed them on all our trips, everyday. Maybe I am not used to it any more, because there are not many outlets in Switzerland (I even guess non in Valais) but it was a little bit overkill. And indeed, I bought a perfume. But not in one of the outlets but downtown Trieste. A vibrant place.