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Mon, 03/11/2019 - 16:32

My parents emigrated from Trieste to America in 1956 with two young daughters, one aged 3 1/2 and the other only 40 days old, hoping for a better life for their young family.  I was born in NY four years later and over the years, we went "home" numerous times.  During these trips, most of the time was spent visiting with family, catching up. I had heard many stories about the lives my parents led prior to coming to America but I wanted to see for myself so five years ago, I went "home" to Trieste.  With the help of my cugina Triestina, I was able to explore the city, mostly on foot, seeing where my parents were married, the buildings where my parents had their first apartment and where my dad had his first tailor shop, etc.  I would have loved to have gone inside but did not have the nerve to knock on the doors.  It was a once-in-a-life time trip and although my parents were elderly and unable to travel with me, I took over 1,000 photographs so they wouldn't miss a thing. Although I was the only daughter born in America, I am more traditional than my sisters and loved listening to all the stories and history of my parents and their heritage.