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What attracts you to a particular place? Sometimes it is obvious: you want to visit a particular landmark, a grand museum or a well known sight. But sometimes it is more difficult to say just exactly what draws you there.

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TRIESTE is one of those places for me. I had been wanting to see for as long as I remember, even before I knew just exactly what there was to see (if anything), but it's difficult to say why.

Trieste is an atmosphere, a vague longing.

Maybe it's because of its history of shifting borders, changing countries and uncertain allegiances. Trieste feels like history without a country.

Maybe that's why some of my favourite writers have also felt drawn to it. Trieste is the city of James Joyce, an Irishman in self-imposed exile, and of Aron Ettore Schmitz, the Italo-Jewish writer known as Italo Svevo. Then there is Claudio Magris, delving into the city's history and enjoying the city's sometimes Vienna-like caf culture.

The Welsh historian and author Jan Morris published a wonderful little book about the city called "Trieste, or the meaning of nowhere". Yes, you should read it.

And there is Miramare, the sad castle of the doomed royals Maximilian and Carlotta. The former famously executed when king in Mexico, the latter, a Belgian princes, losing her mind and spending the long remainder of her life in sad seclusion back in her home country.

But maybe it's the location on the map, Trieste at the tip of that long deep gulf that is the Adriatic sea.

Or maybe it's the name of the place that draws me (me being a language person). Trieste means "sad one" in Dutch, and well...sad songs are often the most beautiful, aren't they?

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THIS PICTURE shows the Chisa Parrocchiale S. Antonio Taumaturgo, the neo-classical church located near the top of the iconic Gran Canal de Trieste.

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