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Jun 17, 2015 - on to Venice....or should i say Venezia

After our stop in Florence we boarded our tour bus and headed on to Venice. It is about 130 miles from Florence to Venice. We arrived in Venice in the early afternoon and we continued to have beautiful weather. So far any rain that we have faced has been while driving on the bus and has not impacted our trip negatively in any way. The amazing thing i learned about the city of Venice is that is it comprised of a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. The city is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Off on our cruise

Saturday June 13th. Our taxi was ready and waiting for us at the campground gates. Our trip to the Cruise Terminal was uneventful. Bill had started his ginger regime and he did just fine. Checking in went surprisingly smooth as well and by 2 pm we were enjoying lunch on board. We have a lovely Jr. suite with a large balcony to enjoy the sea air and the scenery. As we headed out of port we sort of giggled and said, “We are cruising to Greece. Can you believe that?!”. Our trip by water taxi, then from on board the ship gave us an incredible...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Venice

Thursday, June 11th. We travelled on a beautiful road on the way back to the Autostrada. The scenery was breathtaking. Other than the odd mountain that we tunneled through the coastline here is pretty flat. A few trees here and there but predominately fields of olive trees and grape vines. We ran into some serious construction on this stretch of highway. I swear some of the new tunnels look wide enough to fly a 727 through. Considering Italy’s financial status we continue to be amazed at how well maintained the Autostrade is. It has...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 14 Venice

Day 14 Monday in Venice We had a little bit of a rest this morning. The breakfast downstairs is nothing to crawl out of bed for, so it was Cerys's turn to rest after a mammoth walkathon yesterday. Our goal for the day was to finish out washing. Yesterday we put in about ten pieces of clothing with the hotel that cost about €14 for item. That was a bit rich, which is why Cerys was really impressed with some €10 euro fashion stores! We should have just binned the dirty clothes! However, we are fond of our undies, plus a few other items, so...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 15 - Venice

Day 15 Tuesday 9th June 2015 Venice Cerys and I had planned to line up early for a tour of st marks basilica this morning, as we hadn't purchased any walking tours as we saw them EVERYWHERE and quite frankly a 3 hour narrated walk through a church is potentially 2 hours and 50 minutes too long for me. The lines during the day are very long and in the sun! Did I mention it's hot here? Anyway, our grand plan was to get in and get out early. Neat and clean and at our own pace. However....I slept so well, Cerys (bless her) left me sleeping! So...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 12 Florence to Venice

Day 12 Saturday Florence to Venice Woke up 9-ish with a goal to pack our bags without resorting to buy an extra bag. There were some sacrifices in order to achieve this with the Dior jacket which I was gifted on our first day in Rome being sacrificed to make room. Dang....and I never took a photo either! Our bags closed, and our apartments tidied, we carried several plastic bags worth of rubbish to the street bins as requested by the owner. Three full bags were carried several hundred metres to these large drawer style bins that you open...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 13 Venice

Day 13 Sunday Venice Woke about 8am and went down to breakfast. A tiny little dining room with as much pomp and posh as you can squeeze into a little dining room. The Italian breakfast of cold meat and cheese was evidenced, along with buns and pastries. A small concession to the western e world was bacon, scrambled egg, mini sausages, etc. we ate a small unexciting breakfast and headed out for out latest adventure. Let me tell you, I am a directional genius. Seriously, I am a map reader, street directory consumer, and bush walker from way...

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May 30, 2015 - Venice

This morning we left for Venice from Lido where we are staying. We met our local guide and she took us through the Doge's Palace (Duke's Palace) and the architecture and artwork was amazing. We walked over the Bridge of Sighs and then went into St Mark's Basilica. From there she took us to a glassblowing factory where we saw the master glassblower make a cat and a jug in about 2 minutes. We then had some free time so Michael and I went to the Rialto bridge. Many of the buildings as well as the bridge itself is covered in scaffolding at the...

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May 28, 2015 - Venice (Day 2)

Second day in Venice! Happy Anniversary to us…21 years and we get to spend the day in Venice. We did a little better today in getting out of the hotel earlier. I think we were probably out by 11:00am. Again, Chris and Alicia went out for breakfast coffee while I tried to get the lazy girls up and moving. As we were getting ready for the day, my expensive, powerful hair dryer almost burned down the hotel so it has been retired. Now I’m stuck using a very sorry excuse for a hair dryer attached to the wall of the hotel bathroom. You’ll...

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May 27, 2015 - Venice (Day 1)

First full day in Venice! Today the forecast called for 60% chance of rain. But everyone who knows me, knows that I have exceptional weather luck. So, it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day as evidenced from our photos. We did have two quick spells of rain. The first occurred right after we came back to our hotel for an afternoon rest. The second occurred during dinner. Not a drop of rain touched us either time! The day started out REALLY LAZY. Chris and Alicia got up and went out to grab some coffee at a café. The rest of us slept...

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May 23, 2015 - Venice and the ring

Up and a continental breakfast at the hotel – guide left word he would be about a half hour late. Fernando shows up and we head off in a steady rain. We walk to St. Mark’s Square and after a bit of orientation we walk past the line and into the cathedral of St. Mark. There were many interesting features and we were able to take some photographs. They is still a stain on the wall where people at church would lean back against the pillar. Then off to the Doge’s Palace and Fernando gives us some background on how the city was governed and how...

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May 22, 2015 - Rainy Venice

Up at a reasonable hour and have a bit of breakfast then catch a cab to the train station. Another fast train with very comfortable seats and stewards. We zoomed across Italy and finally on a long causeway that leads to Venice. Once there Ches saw and abandoned bag and reported it, but nothing. We decided to buy the two day water bus pass then got in line on the dock waiting for our ship to come in. Missed the first but got the second. We travelled down the Grand Canal passing all manner of boats and houses – most rather decayed near the...

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