Another photo post inspired by Treading Lightly. Miramare Castle is a gorgeous folly perched on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, not far from Trieste. The story goes that the Archduke Maximilian, the Emperor Franz Joseph’s younger brother and commander of the Austrian fleet, was caught in a storm and took shelter here. He so fell in love with the place that he built his castle on the spot.
Alas, he didn’t get to enjoy it for long, as he got caught up in French imperial adventures in Mexico, and ended up in front of a firing squad. Silly, silly man. There’s a powerful painting by Manet of his final moments in London’s National Gallery.
It’s a lovely place – I could see why he liked it so much. The gardens are lovingly tended, and the sea shines silver in the sun. Getting there from the train station is a little tricky, though, as you have to cross a busy road. Be prepared to sprint.