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Jun 6, 2014 - Perfection in South Tyrol

In the past week we have continued to explore the Dolomites and northern Germany - Oops, we mean Italy! The van has been parked for the whole week just outside the small town of Seis/Siusi, just north of Bolzano. Taking the local bus and then cable car up from the village we have hiked in the high mountains and well above the snow line for most of the week. The hiking and the scenery have both been spectacular! This area has the largest high alpine pasture in all of Europe (Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi) and it is like another land up there. We...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Day @ Sea

3rd June A day at sea as we make our way to Montenegro. We take the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the ship. Doing a few circles of the ship on the exercise deck, relaxing by the pool, listening to music; classical orchestra in the main lobby and rock music on the deck and piano music on Deck 7. I visit the library and also check out the Internet section. The choice of food is amazing as always and the temptations to overindulge around every corner, with Grill Bars, Ice Cream bars, Pizza Bars, Seafood Bars and a plethora of...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Setting Sail from Venice

2 June 2014 The day of our cruise dawned bright and sunny and after a lovely breakfast, Ian & I packed up our overnight stuff and left our cases in the care of the Hotel Olympia for an hour. We walked only locally as we had to be back in time for the transfer to the ship. We walked for some time, watching the boats go up and down the canals and observing the local architecture. The area we are in is typical of any Port, with the main Bus and Train terminals all converging and a lot of activity as a consequence. Down the alley ways there are...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Journey to Venice

1 June 2014 After savouring our last view from the balcony in our hotel room in Sorrento, we check out and are driven to Napoli Station in a very smart Mercedes Benz Taxi, the journey takes us round the winding cliff roads through pretty villages and seaside resorts. As always the pace is fast, but the traffic is not so heavy today, most of it going the other way as tourists and locals head towards the Amalfi coast. The Taxi driver Massimo speaks good English, we hear that he is actually a Blacksmith, but had to sell his business when the...

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May 6, 2014 - Ciao ciao cruisers

Is it a bit dorky to say we were sad disembarking the ship for a final time?? Deep down I know it is...but we were all the same. Off on our own again, negotiating our way in foreign speaking lands using pigeon Italiano! So of course today of all days, with our four giant trolley bags that are now v heavy (!!), my inner compass failed us. The other Grays have horrid senses of direction, so it was always going to be down to me. After landing ourselves on the Lido island, by mistake, we finally arrived at our hotel located in Castello. The...

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May 5, 2014 - The water city

After a fairly rocky night, we started our "sail" into Venice mid morning. What a dramatic introduction to the floating city! We freestyled it once we hopped off the ship. But only after Kev gave Kahu & Charlie another lesson in table-tennis. By miracle rather than map, we made it reasonably quickly and easily to the Rialto Bridge passing many piazza, pizzeria, gondola & gelateria on the way. Nice to be back in Italia! The Rialto Bridge was packed (!!), so we didn't stay on it long before trying to map our way to Venezia's most famous...

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Apr 12, 2014 - Day 10 - Saturday 12 April - Venice

Today we had a sleep in and the morning to ourselves with a plan to meet for pizza at the famous Rialto Bridge at 1pm. Megan had picked up a cold so chose to keep warm and sleep and meet me there at 1pm. I headed off to check out more of the endless streets and canals. It was like being in a giant maze with every second turn a new little square, café, shops or a church. I just walked and walked, and took in all the sights. I just headed in a general direction, and when lost, just looked at the map to find out where I was and headed off...

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Apr 11, 2014 - Day 9 - Friday 11 April - Tuscany to Venice

Today we left Tuscany and our cottage “LaFaviletta”. Harry dropped off Megan, Sammy and I to the local train station while they drove the car back to Florence to return it. We all could not fit in with all our luggage. Since we were slightly late leaving and Harry & Trish fighting with the Florence traffic they missed the fast train from Florence to Venice but were able to get another train 30 minutes later. The train reached speeds of up 300km/hr and much of the first 20 minutes was all underground. The train took us directly into Venice....

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Mar 4, 2014 - Ciao, Italia

It is time to say goodbye. We have had a wonderful experience but are ready to sleep in our own bed and eat something other than fish and pasta! Today we got to see first hand how the wind and the tide create a need for boots! We are right next to a canal and the landlord texted us to be sure and wear the boots in the closet if we decided to venture out. When we opened the door, we discovered why. High tide was at 12:58 and at 1pm the water was about 30 feet down our "street" and was 6-8" deep. Definitely time for the boots. By 3pm it had...

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Mar 2, 2014 - Eagle Flight and Romantic Venice

To think that someone actually 'flies" from the top of the campanile in St Mark's Square to the stage is frightening-but if it happens, we want to see it. Actually, it happens 3 times during Carnevale-the Angel flies to open the event, the Eagle flies on the 2nd Sunday and the Lion flies on Fat Tuesday. Today was our day-the Eagle. Our guide had arranged some free passes to get us into the 'parterre" area (preferred-tables and chairs instead of standing). It rained all the way over and we were soaked by the time we got there at 10 am. The...

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Mar 1, 2014 - Rainy Day Blues

We managed to walk over to the Doge's Palace and begin our Secret Itinerary tour before the rainstorm was torrential. the walk back was a bit more of a challenge. Since we were umbrella-less, we had to dodge all the possible eye injuries to get back home. We spent a comfortable, warm afternoon and evening reading before heading out for dinner at yet another pasta/pizzaria place.

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Feb 28, 2014 - Murano and Burano-Island Time Italian Style

Today's adventure required taking the valporetto (water bus) to two islands. The day started a bit grey and cloudy but the ride over was quick and painless. When we arrived, we discovered that we would be visiting 2 glassblowers-one who trained (or as Chihuly says "collaborated") with Dale Chihuly and the other a brother of the first maestro. We watched the artisans in action blowing glass and visited both of the showrooms. Quite an impressive array of Murano glass. We resisted the temptation to purchase any 10,000E glass LOL even though...

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