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Day 74 : Dobrovo – San Martino del Carso 23rd August 2013

Leaving Dobrovo 7:15am.Will try to find a way through Goriska Brda region vineyards to catch up via alpina

7:40am saw a beautiful fox in the vineyard

8:10am 180m Kozana

9am 230m Gorenje Cerovo

10:30am 240m Back in Italia and on the via alpina in Sovenza – San Floriano del Collio

11:45am 80m Crossing Fiume Isonzo on bridge, entering Gorizia town

2:45pm Out of ugly Gorizia town the worst possible way…going through industrial zone (now in the process of making cycling/walking path).Don’t know where the trails are if they are some…

3:15pm Savogna d’isonzo

3:30pm Rubbia.San Martino del Carso marked 2h on trail #73

Had to pass over a locked 1,5m high fence on this sentiero that goes around a vineyard.

4:20pm many trails intersection.Right/West trail smic010d

Staying right/west,leaving trail smic014z going left

Reached 250m

5pm San Martino del Carso. Lucia & Dorothea 3years old welcomed me in the house, via vicenza 9 as read in the via alpina roadbook.
Warm indoor couch available with clean sheets and pillow, hot shower and a great encounter with artist Lucia

Distance : 31,5km
Walking : 6h50
Resting : 2h45
Weather : hot & sunny
Date : Friday 23rd August 2013

Went to assist 7pm messa.One woman came talking to me while sitted..asked me if the messa was on because a sign said there was no messa today….

No mass today, the priest came and told me and the woman to go home…allright can still stay inside chilling

Lucia told me that the priest is 92years old and still drive a car in the neighborhood…


Sunset other Dobrovo – Slovenia


Goriska Brda countryside


Goriska Brda vineyards




Gorizia via alpina way marker




San Martino del Carso church

Day 73 : Varth – Dobrovo 22nd August 2013

Leaving the hunters house 6:45am

7:25am 700m Locked chapel.Castelmonte marked 2h35 on trail #747

8:15am 660m near locked Chiesa di San Nicolo. Another opened hunters house.fireplace,table,chairs and couches but untaken care of…Door was opened wide and lots of garbages inside.

9:50am 618m Sanctuario di Madonna di Monte/Castelmonte

No short pant or t shirt inside the sanctuario, needed to put the rain gear on to get it 🙂

10am mass in progress.Beautiful sanctuario.
In the crypt many drawings/paintings representing car accidents…people who escaped accidents pay tribute to madonna di monte

10:50am leaving Castelmonte on trail #748.Via alpina roadbook says 15km to Gorizia while GPS and hikers comments suggests 48km (straight..probably more following via alpina trail)

Finally getting out forest,vineyards appears..

1:30pm 135m The grapes in the vineyard near Albana are ready to be eaten.Stopping by for a quick grape feast

1:50pm leaving Albana, entering provincia di Gorizia

2pm decide to get off the via alpina yellow trail and get on the slovenian side for the night…should also be shorter to reach Gorizia…feeling that it goes backward or often in the wrong direction when following via alpina trail #748 since Castelmonte.

Get in Slovenia around 4pm…moving along the vineyards and cute villages on top of the hills.

Crashed in Dobrovo town..arrived there around 6pm…will pitch in the nearby small forest tonight

Today was a hard day…finally got off the forest and getting some visibility..the via alpina roadbook information for this stage (gorizia-castelmonte) is incorrect and approximative..

Luckily the expected bad weather is delayed to sunday..was predicted for tomorrow…should be Trieste then

Distance : 36,7km
Walking : 8h30
Resting : 3h20
Altitude : 140m
Date : Thursday 22nd August 2013
Weather : very hot & sunny




Hunters house near San nicolo


Young goat keepers


Castelmonte first view


Inside Sanctuario madonna di monte


Virgin with kid


Grapes & vineyards in Albana


Slovenian religious statue


Slovenian vineyard – Goriska Brda region


Slovenian – Goriska Brda tasty peaches


Dobrovo – Goriska Brda