Saturday, 20 July 2013

Italy South of Trieste, North of Venice
Viennese Escapes: Along the Adriatic Coast



People Watching
from the pier -
and where in the world
did the blue blanket's owner go?


Affogato al Caffé
Drowning a scoop of vanilla ice cream
in hot espresso, then spoon it up,
slowly, while sitting in the shade


Bicycle and Ancient Walls
Basilica di Sant'Eufemia

Photographed in Grado, Italy
Images and Text © by Merisi

Links:
-> Affogato al Caffé
-> The Adriatic Sea @ Wikipedia
-> Basilica di Sant'Eufemia in Grado
-> Northeastern Italy: Friuli–Venezia Giulia

28 comments:

  1. It is fun to people watch, isn't it, Merisi!! Wonderful captures for the day as always! I could use a cup of that espresso, too! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. It was so hot, Sylvia, i could have jumped into the water or splurged on ice cream all day long. ;-)
      Wishing you a lovely weekend,
      Merisi

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  2. I now know no sugar and white flour rule, so I am glad to see some ice cream ;-).
    Prime parking spot for the bicycle.

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    1. Gotscha! ;-)
      I went through hell at Lake Maggiore, where they had a gourmet fair, the best food from all over Italy, and all I got was pure licorice (which I happen to like).

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  3. Hi Merisi , I have been to Trieste , with my cousins who live in GRado :-) we had a lovely but quick trip there.

    I love Licorice :-)

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    1. I simply fell in love with Trieste and the splendid coast south of it.
      Italians make the licorice, I'd say. ;-)

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  4. Meresi, each photo is so special, but I especially like the ice cream/espresso one.

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  5. Looks like a lovely place! Gorgeous shots!

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    1. I loved the basilica and the archeological sights best, not to forget the coffee! ;-)

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  6. Affogato - we call that in the Netherlands iced coffee:) Delicious!

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    1. Iced Coffee is offered here, too.
      The difference between the affogato and Viennese iced coffee is that here in Vienna they use COLD coffee, which brings out the bitterness of the filtered coffee (IMO).
      Pouring freshly brewed hot espresso over ice cream tastes differently. Better, if you ask me. ;-)

      In italy, even Granita di Caffe' - frozen coffee crystals - is made with espresso (early birds can observe baristas all over Italy brewing espresso after espresso and pouring it into flat pans to be semi-frozen, stirred again and again, until the crystals have the perfect consistency. Served with a dollop of whipped cream, a perfect summer treat.

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    2. Good morning my friend...looks like another beautiful start to my day, feasting upon the beauty from your vantage point. Getting ready to make my morning Mocha Coffee, oh I would so rather be there. Happy weekend~

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  7. Wow, vanilla ice cream in hot expresso, looks and sounds great!!

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    1. Try it! Careful, though, you might get hooked. ;-)

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  8. Oh Merise, I finally tried the affogato at a cafe here. Not an Italian cafe. I will find an Italian cafe to try it again because I was a little underwhelmed by it to be honest although staff were in awe of my ordering and consuming it. Apparently, it doesn't get ordered much. Perhaps that is the problem? Perhaps the owner of the blue towel went to get an affogato??? :)

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    1. It works best with Italian gelato (made with milk, not cream, and not so cloyingly sweet) and a double shot of espresso . That is an espresso cup, in the picture, btw.

      You and Stefan may be right, both of you: after a refreshing swim, she decided she needed an affogato, too. ;-)

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  9. Looks yummy
    I've never been but I'd love to go RIGHT now!

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  10. Love this first and the last photos, but I never mix coffee and ice cream!

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  11. Congratulations on the top composition, it's so clever! Love it.

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  12. Merisi, these images have brought cooling relief to this person who's still wilting in the NYC heat. We hear that The Thunderstorms might arrive later on today. We've heard that before.

    Hope prevails. xo

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  13. Instead of a cup of coffee, I'd like a bowl of gumbo please.

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  14. Gorgeous photos; love the captions.

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  15. Oh my goodness ... where do I start!? The lovely water in the first photo ... aMAZing place to people watch ... and the vanilla scoop in the espresso? Sounds divine. I am SO trying that.

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  16. Marvelous photos that have a story to tell!

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