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Sep 29, 2013 - Fly to Venice

Morning comes early when the wake-up call is set for 4:45 a.m. We survived the night even though it was anything but restful. Some time during the night, I disassembled the dreaded duvet so we slept with just the cover over us, sort of like a heavy sheet. Absent the stifling heat, we slept a little better. We didn't waste any time getting going, checked out, and grabbed the shuttle bus to the airport, a free ride, which is normally 4 Euro per person, but they comp'd it as good will against the horrible room conditions, a nice gesture but...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Venice

John, Peggy and I bid our farewells to the Wallaces and boarded the train to Las Spezia. We manouvered through that station to take the train to Florence and then on to Venice. All went quite well-certainly much easier for John who enjoyed looking at the scenery through Tuscany. What we thought might be snow capped mountains as we sped past them in the car, turned out to be exposed marble. There are yard after yards of blocks and slabs getting ready for market. We arrived in Venice in the dark and had a challenge to find our B&B, yet the...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Brilliant Burano

Another beautiful day in Venice. Today's adventure took us to the small island of Burano. It was a 45 minute vaporetto ride to the island. We got off at a small island just before Burano and wandered down the walkway and through the vineyard before crossing the bridge to Burano. Burano's claim to fame is the beautiful lace that they make. All of the lace is handmade by women in their homes. We watched one lady making a very fine piece and were amazed at how quickly she was able to do such delicate work. The shop was lovely, so lovely that...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 19, 2013 - Venice in ADay

Well, here we are at 10:30 at night, dead tired from a very busy day in Venice. One thing we learned today, it takes longer to get from point A to point B than you think. There is nothing like a direct route but that is the charm of Venice. After a relaxing start to the day, we headed off to find our way to St Mark's Basilica and Square. Unfortunately we did not beat the cruise ship tours and it was busy. We were amazed to see the water coming up through the storm drains as the tide came in. They put out wooden walks that rise above the...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Champagne on the Rialto

What a busy day! It was cool this morning when I first headed out to explore and stayed cloudy for much of the day. By afternoon the temperature had improved and it was just right. After many twists and turns and bridges I found my way to the Rialto bridge where I helped cheer on a couple celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary and in return, enjoyed a small glass of champagne at 10 in the morning. And then it was walk, walk, walk and lost, lost, lost. Sometimes it just felt like I was walking in circles. I purchased a map but it really...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 17, 2013 - First to Arrive in Venice

Here I am sitting in our lovely apartment in Venice right by some canal - there are a lot of them although officially they are not all called canals. I am the first to arrive with Val and Linda on their way and Sherril departing shortly.The apartment looks just like it did in the pictures which attracted us but the picture didn't quite give the sound effects of the constant boats up and down and the water lapping at the sides. The water lapping is peaceful, the boats not so much but it is the experience. It is cooler than I was expecting! I...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 11, 2013 - Entry No 4

Hi to Family and Friends, We have been on the move again since I last wrote, and have we seen some of the most marvellous, amazing places and events. We went to Orvieto by train about 1 hour from here, Orvieto is placed precariously on a cliff made of tufaceous stone, which is a craggy porous limestone, to get to the old centre from the railway station you take the funicular just about straight up and then a bus to the Duomo, once you get there it is flat but what a magnificent sight, there is a photo of it but it doesn't do it justice....

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2013 Italian Odyssey

Sep 9, 2013 - The Cruise is Underway

Although we boarded the Cruise Ship on Sept 8 we really did not get underway until the afternoon of Sept. 9th. While waiting for our departure time we had booked a shore excursion to San Marco Square where we would take a gondola ride through the narrow canals of Venice. At about 9:30 am we gathered in the theater area of the ship known as the “Liquid Lounge”, to await debarkment for our excursion. From there we boarded directly onto a tour boat that took us on a 20 minute ride to the square. As we approached the square it became evident...

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Sep 8, 2013 - We Board The "Sunshine"

We awoke around 7:00 after having a great nights sleep. We were expecting a continental breakfast at our hotel (included with our overnight stay) but it turned out to be a full breakfast with a very good choice of hot & cold selections. After breakfast we returned to our room to pack our suitcases and wait for our departure to our Cruise Ship which was to take place at noon. The transfer bus was right on time and then we proceeded to the cruise ship terminal. The terminal is located at the west end of the islands of Venice. It is the only...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Europe we have arrived!

The flight left Calgary on time with our scheduled arrival in Frankfurt around noon Saturday Sept. 8, the flight was to be approximately 9 hours and the time change between Calgary and Frankfurt is 8 hours, so noon there would be 4:00 am at home. As we walked on to the plane we passed through the first class cabin, Connie commented, " it looks like they have it good" as their seats fully recline into beds in separate cubicles. We found our seats about mid way back of the plane, we were sitting on the left side over the wing in the window...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Venice, Italy

Took the water bus down the Grand Canal down to the Rialto Bridge. Although this bridge is world famous and we had to go see it for ourselves, we couldn't get back out of there fast enough. Too many people!!! Couldn't get a proper pic of the bridge, so google it if you want. It was nice just to cruise up & down the canal on the water bus taking in the sights from there. More of a laid back day as well since it was Brian's turn to sleep in. I'm glad that we are staying away from the most touristy area, but there are still tourists around but...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Venice

Well, since we slept in (didn't sleep too well/adjusting time change) we didn't get off to an early start today. Once we headed out headed over to St.Mark's Square where there are some buildings of interest. The first one we went to is called Doge's Palace, which was Venice's government building of the day (about 1400's or so?) and also the jail. While we were in the jail section, Brian was going to take a pic of me &background so we were discussing position, etc. A gentleman asked us (in english) if we wanted him to take a pic of both of...

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