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Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris
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May 09, 2010

it was amazing

A few years ago, I planned a trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the end of a foreign study tour with a group of architecture students. With the students on their way to independent travel or home, I traveled northeastward from Rome, knowing that I'd have to change trains in the former independent city of Trieste. Fortunately, I'd had the good sense to prepare for the trip by reading Jan Morris's "sense of place" essay on this remarkable city, variously used and abused by Italy, the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and even the Ottoman Turks. Thanks to Morris, I was prepared to see this crossroads of cultures more intimately than I might have done as a simple architectural tourist. For those interested in the recent phenomenon of "place," this book is a must read case study.
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