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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 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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May 19, 2015 - Venice Italy

We arrived in the late afternoon at the point outside of Venice which was as far as big buses could go. Then much to our surprise we were handed people mover tickets and told we had to walk to the people mover then walk to the hotel toting our carryons. The luggage went directly by boat. It was warm and the final walk was almost a mile and over two bridges. We were not happy. This event, as it turned out, was the only thing we didn't like about the trip. Again the Hotel Carlton was lovely, situated right on the Grand Canal across the street...

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May 12, 2015 - Tim and Garth on The Way

Tim and Garth left for Edinburgh this morning. They loaded the car with a keyboard, all the wedding clothes including ours and set off. Paul and I thought about decorating their room so that they came back to a new room - but after walking around Crouch End, trying to sought this Bank thingy out, posting off our excess gear, and picking up our hire car to go to Bath the next day - instead went out to tea to Tim and Garth's favourite pub for eating at the moment and collapsed into bed. I KNOW, I KNOW lost opportunity - but you just can't buy...

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May 10, 2015 - Bath

Today we drove down to bath. Having a Volvo with heated seats and a GPS made it a very comfortable experience. Far better than trains. We arrived in the beautiful town of Bath and went to a lovely unit I booked through Air BNB. They had left milk in the fridge, a fresh loaf of bread and butter and jams. We were in walking distance of everything. I cooked home made pumpkin soup for tea that night. First home made meal for ages.They left a gorgeous message on the table with the scrabble board and when we went to bed that night - there was a...

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May 9, 2015 - Day in Crouch End/Home Alone - Tim & Garth depart.

Tim and Garth left for Edinburgh this morning. They loaded the car with a keyboard, all the wedding clothes including ours and set off. Paul and I thought about decorating their room so that they came back to a new room - but after walking around Crouch End, trying to sought this Bank thingy out, posting off our excess gear, and picking up our hire car to go to Bath the next day - instead went out to tea to Tim and Garth's favourite pub for eating at the moment and collapsed into bed. I KNOW, I KNOW lost opportunity - but you just can't buy...

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