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May 4, 2015 - The Queen of the Mediterranean

And now I see why. I am still debating, but I might say, if you see anything in your lifetime, perhaps it should be Venice. This is an amazing and unique seat of a 900 year dynasty and we haven't even gotten into St Mark's and The Doge's Palace yet. Hope to tomorrow, crowds permitting. In the meantime, I am wondering how they built an entire city on water which likes to lap into peoples' front doors. I am also trying to figure out how these buildings just don't topple over for foundation failure due to waterlogging. I mean if we had a house...

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May 2, 2015 - Murano & Lace & Venice

This afternoon we boarded a boat to Murano Island. We saw glass being blown - but they did not give out any of their secrets. It was an amazing demonstration and I now know how they make legs on horses. They only sell signed Murano there and they did not sell it anywhere else. Not to say that the glass I have seen in Venice is any less beautiful. Murano is just a brand and there other people who can, and do do just as good as work. We then arrived on this tiny island where they make lace. The lace is all hand done and is very specialised...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Venice Here We Are

Today we arrived in Venice and it is amazing - everyone walks, no cars, bikes and children playing safely in the streets chatting Italian. Our apartment is beautiful- typical Venetian (renovated) and it is nice not to be rocking. Venice is like a labyrinth and we have not got lost yet - but have had amazing meals, tried the lemon Cello and Spritz all unique in this country. I have even tried seafood - because that is what Venice is famous for. Paul is not as adventurous liking carbonara (so she says - Friday night I ate the shrimp). We said...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Hilltop villages and gushing rivers

Hi Everyone As we were nearby we had to pay a second visit to the medieval city of Carcassonne with its ramparts and coolie hat topped turrets. It was built in the 12th century as a trading town between the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Spain. In 1355 during the 100 year war with England, the Black Prince tried and failed to capture the city and by the 17th century trade had dwindled and Carcassonne fell into disrepair but now the city is under the UNESCO banner and is one of France’s major tourist attractions. We drove through an area of...

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Apr 29, 2015 - Boys behaving badly

Kevin wasn't ready till 10.30 and in that 30 minutes David had again been criticising /finding fault and making me wrong about everything I said and did. Instead of speaking up which would have been the right thing to do I just went very quiet. Later I had a stern word with myself and said 'pee or get off the pot'... That is either say something or stop being shitty because if I don't say what's wrong how can they stop doing it. Anyway some time after that I got my sense of humour back and started to enjoy the day. We hopped onto the...

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The Italian Job

Apr 28, 2015 - San Marco

So here's some info re the Torcello basilica. Those mosaics that I wasn't allowed to take any photos of for obvious reasons were done between the 9th and 12th centuries. It really was amazing to see the colours and the workmanship. It was weird how we were allowed in some sections but not others when it all looked the same... Maybe the 9th century work was cordoned off ... Who knows... Claudio gave us paper mâché masks. Mine is a cat, common for women, the boys got the classic make mask but none of us caught the right name of it. Showering...

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The Italian Job

Apr 25, 2015 - Begin the beguine

So our holiday started off less than fabulously. We were supposed to go shopping or something fun on the Saturday but Kevin had to finish a piece of work... Said it was for an hour. But actually he dicked around and wasted the whole day. I could have been doing other stuff on my own if I'd known that was going to happen. When I asked about pre booking a taxi he said no, that they had a taxi booking system downstairs and he would ring and it would just turn up. Surprisingly ( note the sarcasm) one didn't just turn up as it was Saturday...

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The Italian Job

Apr 25, 2015 - Venice, Italy

We took the train to Venice today and had a wonderful visit. This is our second time going there, we rode the gondola the last time in 1995, so we skipped it this time. If the price had been more reasonable, we would have taken a second ride, but they wanted 80 euros each. Yikes! We were amazed how easy it is to visit Venice by train. The train lets you off right at in the city, you walk out of the train station and you see the Grand Canal right away. It was awesome! We did make a mistake of going on a Saturday, what were we thinking? The...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Lewy (English) and Loui (Italian) ... My private guide.H

Our reserved hotel had not completed renovations before our arrival, and we are well aware of how renos go. So they put us up instead in a 500 year old palace. The room is very well decorated Venitian style, wall fabric, Venitian flooring, glass chandeliers, spacious and comfortable. We have 2 chairs with a sitting table in front of 2 long windows that open wide, & a marbled 9 point shower. The canal is very quiet and tranquil in the early morning. We sat and ate breakfast (best home made granola ever for me!) and watched the locals go by...

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Apr 21, 2015 - We say Venice, Italy... Italians say Venezia,Italia...?

Buongiorno! We went for an early morning brisk walk before heading to train station to go to other side of the boot, Venice. There was an old "church" up the block we always pass by, today we stopped to take a quick peak. Sweet Jesus! My mouth dropped. My eyes watered, it was breathtaking beautiful and huge! There was soft "church" music playing, smells of candles burning, stained glass, marble, and Renaissance art. I kneeled down for a moment, bowed my head, and folded my hands. "Dear Lord, Grazie for making it possible for us to...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Italy-Day 2

Today I traveled to my dream city: Venice, Italy. It was as amazing as I have imagined it to be. I rode in a gondola through the Grand Canal, and ate the most delicious pasta that a local recommended. I also went to Carnevale, it was very similar to Mardi Gras in America.

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Nov 14, 2014 - Sunshine..No Flowers..It's Venice

Frid. 14th Nov. 2014 Venice Weather:-17 degrees/Sunshine We got sunburned today; we footslogged up to the Ponte De Academia, the nearest crossover bridge to the other side of the creek...Ooops, Grand Canal I mean. The object of our trek was to go and see the other large Basilica that dominates the entrance between the Canal and the Veneto Lagoon, the one that we did not get to the other day when we were playing in the rain. The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is referred to by most locals as simply Salute (meaning Health). It sits on a...

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