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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 - Daily life in Venice

Life: Some random facts that help one grasp life here-118 islands make up Venice and they are accessed mostly by the 409-443 (depending on whose information you trust) bridges. Each day as we meander the city, I am amazed at what it takes to live here. No cars just water taxis, very little handicap access (I must be hyper-sensitive after my India journey), everything is delivered to everyone by boat, garbage collected not every week, but everyday from your front door by a guy who hops in and out of a boat at the end of the street, and...

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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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Feb 25, 2014 - What is Carnevale?

Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, costume balls, music and parties. Mischief and pranks are also common. It is celebrated 40 days before Easter-it is actually only one day (Fat Tuesday) with a final party before Ash Wednesday before the restrictions of Lent, but many places (here, New Orleans, Rio) celebrate for as long as a month. Masks are an important part of the festival and worn all the time. We saw many with them on yesterday as we walked around. They are sold year around, but are especially visible...

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Feb 11, 2014 - A few photos to get in the spirit!

Here are some of the photos we came across when researching Venice at Carnivale. The costumes captivated me and I decided that this was the time to visit! I recently visited my brother in Vienna, so I know what a treat we are in for--only this time I will be able to walk much better!

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Feb 2, 2014 - I woke up in Venice

I have been told many nice things about Venice and that I really needed to come here. Here is the thing about Venice. It is Charming even in the bloody cold that has engulfed my day. But it is wonderful being around all that water. I do not think this is where I am going to stay put but I am vey glad I have ventured to this part of Italy. Enjoy the pictures

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Nov 2, 2013 - Venice - Italy

A full day back in Venice. Misty morning makes it look a bit eery. Alilaguna into St Marks Square – it was a week since we left here and the high tide is coming in, people were in their ‘gummies’ wading in St Marks Square (pleased I got to experience it) – another experience I didn’t want to miss was to ride a ‘traghetto’ the locals way of crossing the Grand Canal (you stand up as the gondoliers paddle you across), was a test of the balance – then the St Salute church and the Peggy Guggenheim collection – as I wandered the 5km from St Marks...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Day 32 Venice

A beautiful blue sky gave us another beautiful day to explore Venice. There is a impressive church that we see from the window of our room that we've been wanting to visit, Santa Maria del Giglio. Some of it was being restored, but the interior dome was still quite beautiful. We then strolled through the art district and visited several galleries. We visited the Jewish Ghetto which was once again disheartening. Even in the 1500's, the Jews were locked in an area at night after being allowed to trade in the Square during the day. After WWII...

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Oct 30, 2013 - Day 31 Venice

It was forecast to rain until 3PM but instead it was just beautiful outside. We started our day by taking a ferry to Murano. Like Venice, it's a cluster of small islands connected by pedestrian bridges. The island is known for its glass art and we were able to watch a glass blowing demonstration. Most of the shops in town sold glass objects that were fantastic as were the prices. We liked this small sailboat that was about 1 foot high but the price was $2,600. It's still there... There are several beautiful churches as well as several...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Day 30 Venice

Our train ride went fine with no surprises other than the metal chairs that we had to sit in for four hours while waiting for our train connection. We never did find that comfortable position! We arrived in Venice at 8:30AM and then sought out a breakfast cafe. People watching was great and we didn't get out of there until 11:00. We bought a water bus pass for three days and instead of going to our room we just had to take a ride around Venice. It was exciting to think we are in Italy; there is something romantic and nostalgic about...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Venice to cruise ship

It’s 6am – can’t stop waking early. Just heard the toot of a cruise ship as it entered the Grand Canal (will be sailing past us) – maybe our ship. Then it’s the chimes of the bell tower here in St Mark’s Square – all else is quiet. Morning plan – breakfast – St Mark’s Basilica – lunch snack at my favorite Ristorante down our Calle (it’s where the gondoliers stop to eat, singing away, atmosphere, I eyed up the food as I walked past last night) Going to take the Alilaguna to the Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, Stazione Marittima. I have a...

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Oct 25, 2013 - Venice

Breakfast in the hotel – Anika this reminded me of you and the European style that you liked including cold meats, cheeses, etc Off on foot to explore for 9 hours. Highlights – • self guided walk stopping at points of interest • Frari Church (beautiful inside, atmosphere, emotional) • a local café nearby that I couldn’t keep out of (had my favorite Italian coffee that I haven’t found anywhere else on this trip) – wait for it – the first coffee a ‘Nocciolata’ (glass lined with coffee cream with coffee and pure hazel inside) – the second...

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