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Jul 4, 2016 - Venice

So excited to be in Venice! This really is my favorite city! We are staying in a flat close to Rialto Bridge and also close to St. Mark's square. Couldn't be a better location! However, it is tucked back in a little tiny alley way that is very difficult to find! We have found ourselves lost on more than one occasion, even with the help of google maps! The flat is very spacious. It has a bedroom, living room with a fold out couch, kitchen area, and a loft. I love staying in the these Airbnb's because you get to see what is is really like to...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Venice

Back on the road to Venice. We checked out the parking on the main land to take a bus. Didn't look all that inviting as it was hot and more hot. So we road across the bridge over the lagoon into Venice and found a parking lot right off the bridge. Parked and packed a backpack for the night. Across the foot bridge into the main square to look for our hotel. As luck, and good planning, happened our hotel was the first one on the left past the bridge. So we checked in and enjoyed the air conditioning for a few minutes. Then back into the heat...

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May 6, 2016 - Day 14: One day in Venice

If I was tasked with describing my trip to Venice in one word, rudeness comes to mind. There were a lot of rude people in Venice. I was very surprised! Anytime you hear sorry or excuse me, it comes from a tourist. The Venetians haven't learned the use of those words. The jewelry shopkeeper, took the bracelet from Zarish's hand and told her it was not a souvenir it was designer. Sad thing is, it was only about 30 euros. Zarish had liked it and would have bought it. We ended up going to another shop and all three of us bought a bracelet. The...

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May 5, 2016 - Day 13: Journey to Venice

We saw a lot in Paris. Packed a whole lot in one day. Disappointments: Zarish never got any macaroons or ├ęclair. Turns out today was some religious holiday so our search for a bakery, really any bakery at this point, failed. Next time for sure! Also, they don't have fresh strawberries so my crepes just weren't how like them. I liked the crepes in Ireland much better. Our flight was at 3:20 but we decided to leave early to make sure we get there on time. We need not have worried. There were some technical difficulties with the plane so the...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Venice/Trieste

Another busy travel day in the books! We started our day visiting Prauge on our way to Venice. Unfortunately my luggage didn't make its way to Venice which resulted in us missing our train to Trieste ..... Luckily we caught the next one and have checked into our hotel. We enjoyed a "real" Italian pizza and wine for dinner and did some window shopping (for now) - lol. Since I don't have any clothes, we took in a real Turkish bath experience at our hotel this evening - it was wonderful after all the travel we have done in the past three days....

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Apr 24, 2016 - Sunday in Venice

Today there were thousands of colorful umbrellas moving around Venice, and we were under two of them! Rain did not keep any of us inside on a soggy Sunday. We woke up to rain but expected the weather to clear by noon. We fortified ourselves with another good breakfast at our hotel. This is the first place we have stayed which served some of our traditional U.S.-type foods, along with traditional Italian breakfast items such as cheeses, cold cuts, eggplant Parmesan, sweet breads, fruit tarts, etc. We could tell who the Americans were--they...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Italian Friends Re-Visited & Arrivederci Venezia

In 2014 Lidia & I had traveled in Northern Europe and the Baltic nations. In August while on a walking tour in Riga, Latvia we met a delightful couple from Italy. We stayed in touch with them over the past couple years and hence they knew we would be in Venice. So as Valentina & Omar live an hour or so from Venice they joined us here for a day. Not only was it a pleasure to visit with them in person, but Lidia & I were the recipients of their expert guidance in & about Venice; tour guide they easily could be. Especially enjoyable were the...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Start Mediterranean Cruise

Just finished a couple of days in Venice! Our arrival night was interesting! We knew we were on a late flight and had tight timing to get to the hotel by 11:30pm so paid extra to sit at the front of the plane. Guess what we all get loaded on to a shuttle bus so it make no difference! Next we try for a taxi to go to the hotel and heres the big one we had not planned for, no cars on the island! Water taxi from airport is over 200 dollars and you still have to walk a bit. The ferries have stopped running for the night. So its a bus to get as...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Venice

Yesterday morning we left Salzburg heading for Venice. We first took a little detour through the lake country to take another look at the beautiful area and especially to visit the little village of Hallstatt. Parking is at a premium there, even in this off season, so we were a distance from the village but had a wonderful view of the lovely lake and picturesque village. To get on the autostrada for the rest of the trip, our trusty little GPS took us for miles on a very scenic extremely narrow road, wide enough for only one car but not one...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Murano & San Erasmus

We have been riding the vaporetti (plural of vaporetto - water bus) the past few days. They are a convenient way to navigate the city, and depending on destination a lot quicker than walking. There are only four bridges that cross the Grand Canal ! So if you want to get to the other side you either walk to the nearest bridge (which might make for a long walk), take a water taxi, or use the vaporetti. As we had purchased a multiple day pass we often rode them, and at times used them to tour the city; kind of like a 'Hop-on / Hop-off' city...

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Apr 17, 2016 - Cruise Ends in Venice

23 Days aboard the Musica has ended in Venice and we are back to Terra Firma. Well I guess a semblance of that, as we're in Venice which probably does not rate the term 'Firma' ! Entering into the Venice Lagoon (past Lido Island) on the cruise ship does afford one somewhat of a bird's eye view of the island/city. The deep water channel the cruise ship must use goes around the island of Venice to the large docks. Venice is flat and the only variation in height is that of the buildings. There are a lot of towers - I guess you needed them to...

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Apr 16, 2016 - Visit to the islands - Murano and Burano

4/16 Up and out after breakfast...past S. Marcos to #4.1 dock and boat to Murano (glass making island). 9:30am After arriving (10:30am) we spent 2 hours walking/looking at glass stuff - the facrory is only open for tours M thru F! Left about noon to go to Burano #12 boat (lace place) where we arrived about 45 min later. Walked around this very colorful, quaint village (we've got no interest in their very expensive lace) until 2:45 at which time we caught #12 back towards Venice & maybe hospital. Went to hospital - used to be a monastery -...

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