Since we can't get into the rental in Padua until Sunday and I wanted to break up the driving as I'm doing all the driving, we arranged to stop at a small city in between Graz and Padua by the name of Udine. There are lots of Slovenian and Austrian influences in this part of the world even though this is Italy.
Neither Wife nor I slept very well last night so we were pretty tired by the time we bundled into Udine at around 1 PM. The drive down was very scenic through the Alps but as I was driving and it was highway, I didn't get the chance to take any pictures.
We had lunch as soon as we got to Udine and then spent an hour and a half walking around the center before we headed to the B&B we are spending the night at.
A last picture from our rental in Austria
That light that looks like it is suspended in air is an optical illusion that is the result of a specific light fixture and how the light shines off the glass bowl. When I first saw it I thought there was a lid on the bowl. Very cool.
But on to Udine.
Udine was ruled for a long time by the Republic of Venice
It even has some canals
Our B&B had recommended via email some restaurants. I didn't even try to find them but as luck would have it, the one we ended up at was on their list!
Some local cheese to start
Tagliatelle with a ragout of rabbit and porcini mushrooms (the mushrooms were especially good)
Pasta with a sausage sauce
A side dish of cold spinach which we flavored with oil and vinegar
On to the main square the Piazza de la Libertad
And what is a day of sightseeing in Europe without sending Wife on the torture of a thousand steps!
And massive inclines
But she is rewarded by scenes of the Alps
And the Cathedral the Duomo
Until finally we leave through the gates of the old city