Miramare Castle in Trieste

8 December 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Žiga

© Žiga

Miramare Castle is a 19th-century castle on the Gulf of Trieste near Trieste, northeastern Italy. It was built from 1856 to 1860 for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, later Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota of Mexico, based on a design by Carl Junker. The castle’s grounds include an extensive cliff and seashore park of 22 hectares (54 acres) designed by the archduke. The grounds were completely re-landscaped to feature numerous tropical species of trees and plants. The work, steadily supervised by Maximilian, was finished only after his departure in 1864 for Mexico where he was appointed Emperor, and where after a brief reign he was shot in Querétaro in June 1867. Maximilian intended to create an intimate atmosphere in the castle in the area reserved for his family – an area which he wanted to be in contact with nature, reflecting both his own spirit and that of an epoch. On the ground floor, destined for the use of Maximilian and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, worthy of note are the bedroom and the archduke’s office, which reproduce the cabin and the stern wardroom respectively of the frigate Novara, the war-ship used by Maximilian when he was Commander of the Navy to circumnavigate the world between 1857 and 1859; the library, whose walls are lined with bookshelves and the rooms of the Archduchess with their tapestry of light-blue silk. All the rooms still feature the original furnishings, ornaments, furniture and objects dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Many coats of arms of the Second Mexican Empire decorate the castle, as well as stone ornamentations on the exterior depicting the Aztec eagle. The first floor includes guest reception areas and the Throne Room. Of note are the magnificent panelling on the ceiling and walls and the Chinese and Japanese drawing-rooms with their oriental furnishings. Of particular interest is the room decorated with paintings by Cesare Dell’Acqua, portraying events in the life of Maximilian and the history of Miramare. Currently, the rooms in the castle are mostly arranged according to the original layout decided upon by the royal couple. A valuable photographic reportage commissioned by the archduke himself made accurate reconstruction possible. Nowadays to visit the castle is to experience the fascination of life in the middle of the 19th century in a residence that has remained largely intact and which gives the visitor an insight into the personality of Maximilian.   read more…

Mamula Island in Montenegro

18 October 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Union for the Mediterranean

© Klackalica/cc-by-2.5

© Klackalica/cc-by-2.5

Mamula (also known as Lastavica) is an uninhabited islet in the Adriatic Sea, within the southwestern Montenegrin municipality of Herceg Novi. Mamula is located between Prevlaka and Luštica peninsulas at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. This small islet is of circular shape, and has 200m in diameter. It is 3.4 nautical miles (6.3 km) away from Herceg Novi. During the period of the Venetian Republic rule, the island was known as Rondina.   read more…

Rab, town and island in Croatia

11 September 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rab Town © Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Rab Town © Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Rab is an island and a town of the same name located just off the northern Croatian coast in the Adriatic Sea. The island is 22 km (14 mi) long, has an area of 93.6 km2 (36 sq mi) and 9,328 inhabitants. The highest peak is Kamenjak at 408 m. The northeastern side of the island is mostly barren, while the southwestern side is covered by one of the last oak forests of the Mediterranean. Ferries connect the island of Rab with the mainland port of Stinica and with the neighbouring islands of Krk and Pag. European Coastal Airlines offers multiple daily connections by seaplane from Rab to Zagreb and to Rijeka via Rijeka Airport in Omišalj on the neighboring island of Krk.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast – Krk Town

28 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Journey234

© Journey234

Krk is the main settlement of the island of Krk. It is located on the southwest coast of the island and is the historical seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Krk. On the opposite side of the bay of Punat, the community of Punat with one of the most famous marinas in the northern Adriatic, the Punat Marina, is located.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast – Hvar Town

27 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Maîtresse

© Maîtresse

Hvar is a city and port on the island of Hvar, part of Split-Dalmatia County. The municipality has a population of 4,300 while the city itself is inhabited by 3,800 people, making it the largest settlement on the island of Hvar. It is situated on a bay in the south coast of the island, opposite from the other nearby towns of Stari Grad and Jelsa.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast – Pag Town

26 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Taz666/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Taz666/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pag is the largest town on the island of Pag, with a population of 4,000. Medieval Pag emerged near the salterns where the abandoned Old Town used to be, 3 kilometres (2 miles) south of the present location. According to historical documents, the name Pag was mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. In 976, the Croatian king Stjepan Držislav took Pag from the Byzantine authority and appointed a Croatian district Prefect as the administrator of the town.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic Coast – Korčula Town

25 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Cord Walter/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Cord Walter/cc-by-sa-3.0

Korčula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic coast – Šibenik

24 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

© Tomaž Demšar/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Tomaž Demšar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the 3rd largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea.   read more…

Theme Week Croatian Adriatic coast

23 May 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Preko on Ugljan and Galovac Island with Zadar in the background © AleXXw/cc-by-sa-3.0

Preko on Ugljan and Galovac Island with Zadar in the background © AleXXw/cc-by-sa-3.0

Croatia‘s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The Croatian Bureau of Statistics uses data from the Geographical Department of the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb, which classifies a total of 1,185 islands, rocks and reefs: 48 inhabited islands, 670 uninhabited islands, 389 rocks and 78 reefs.   read more…

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