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Apr 24, 2016 - Sunday in Venice

Today there were thousands of colorful umbrellas moving around Venice, and we were under two of them! Rain did not keep any of us inside on a soggy Sunday. We woke up to rain but expected the weather to clear by noon. We fortified ourselves with another good breakfast at our hotel. This is the first place we have stayed which served some of our traditional U.S.-type foods, along with traditional Italian breakfast items such as cheeses, cold cuts, eggplant Parmesan, sweet breads, fruit tarts, etc. We could tell who the Americans were--they...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Venice

Yesterday morning we left Salzburg heading for Venice. We first took a little detour through the lake country to take another look at the beautiful area and especially to visit the little village of Hallstatt. Parking is at a premium there, even in this off season, so we were a distance from the village but had a wonderful view of the lovely lake and picturesque village. To get on the autostrada for the rest of the trip, our trusty little GPS took us for miles on a very scenic extremely narrow road, wide enough for only one car but not one...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Start Mediterranean Cruise

Just finished a couple of days in Venice! Our arrival night was interesting! We knew we were on a late flight and had tight timing to get to the hotel by 11:30pm so paid extra to sit at the front of the plane. Guess what we all get loaded on to a shuttle bus so it make no difference! Next we try for a taxi to go to the hotel and heres the big one we had not planned for, no cars on the island! Water taxi from airport is over 200 dollars and you still have to walk a bit. The ferries have stopped running for the night. So its a bus to get as...

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Apr 16, 2016 - Visit to the islands - Murano and Burano

4/16 Up and out after breakfast...past S. Marcos to #4.1 dock and boat to Murano (glass making island). 9:30am After arriving (10:30am) we spent 2 hours walking/looking at glass stuff - the facrory is only open for tours M thru F! Left about noon to go to Burano #12 boat (lace place) where we arrived about 45 min later. Walked around this very colorful, quaint village (we've got no interest in their very expensive lace) until 2:45 at which time we caught #12 back towards Venice & maybe hospital. Went to hospital - used to be a monastery -...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Onward bus to Venice

4/14 The closer we got to Venice the more the weather cleared, countryside was mostly agriculture with grapes, fruit trees, & tree farms (cottonwoods?)the closer we got to Venice. The bus station is located by the boat taxis and after determining where we'd go for accomodations (Hotel Bernardi), we took the boat taxi #2 the 6 stops counterclockwise (again, transport is very organized - 20 million visitors will encourage that I guess). We got off at the Rialto stop and gradually found our way to the hotel. The owner was extremely helpful but...

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Jan 4, 2016 - Venice with Yarrow and Jen

Christmas Eve we headed to Venice expecting a crowded airport. Surprisingly, Christmas Eve was a pleasant day to travel. My daughter, Yarrow, and her wife Jen were able to get to Germany on a military flight and the plan was to meet them in Venice on the 26th, but there were no flights from Paris on the 25th, so we find ourselves at the easy jet checkin at CDG airport with a few other last minute travelers on the 24th. Tom even had the seat next to him unoccupied. We had considered the water taxi from the airport to Venice until we saw the...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Burano

Went for an afternoon cruise to Burano, one of the islands of Venice. It is known for its fish. Tour included a meal at a local restaurant. (Fish of course). Began with pasta with clams, then whitefish, then salad then dessert and lots of wine again. Burano reminded me a lot of Nfld with the multi-coloured buildings but of course not nearly as modern. A beautiful full moon followed our cruise back to the hotel. Early to bed and off to Pisa and Florence tomorrow ...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Busy day in Venice

Began the day with a water bus to the Murano glass factory. There are only 68 glass masters left in the world. The young men train from the age of 12 to become a master. If in training, they go to school in the morning and train in the afternoon. The guy we had was fascinating to watch. He made a milk jug complete with fancy handle all from one wad of liquid glass and then did a standing horse statue as well. Of course you then wander around the factory showrooms where they display display their goods and they make you a few offers. Brian...

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Oct 26, 2015 - Venice

Arrived in Venice late afternoon. Long walk from the bus to catch a water taxi. Of course the bus couldn't take us to the hotel as there are no streets in Venice. It is entirely made up of canals. some of the group went on an optional dinner and entertainment tour tonight. We decided to wander around. Had a wonderful supper at the hotel. I wasn't very hungry so I had creamed cod on toast. Not what I expected but wonderful and Brian had a great pasta dish followed by duck. He said it was wonderful. Then we decided to split a dessert. We...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Lido & Museums

I should always remember to RTFM ...... our host prepared a sheet showing all of the best options for taking vaporretti to various locations so what did I do? I got us on the slowest, most crowded option for getting to the Lido of Venezia. This lovely town on the main barrier island which protects Venice from being washed away in an adriatic storm could have been reached in just 35 minutes on ferry no. 5 instead of twice as long using the stopping-all-stations ferry no.1 which I selected. Once there we took a leisurely stroll down to the...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Murano & Burano

Venice day 2 Today dawned overcast but the weather report is for a maximum of 19 and no rain so we took a punt and left the waterproof at home. Usual early start and caught the direct to Venice bus at 9:03. We quickly moved to the vaporetto terminal for the Murano ferry but I missed out on a seat due to the crowd already waiting. 25 minutes later we arraived on Murano, the spiritual home of Venetian glass. For the next two hours or so we wandered about this island, visiting shops selling all kinds of glassware form kitsch touristy...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Venice walkabout

Venice day 1. A leisurely continental breakfast was followed by a direct bus trip to Plaza di Roma the terninal in Venice. Here we purchased a 3-day pass for transport (not gondolas or water taxis) throughout the Venice - Mestre region. We caught the vaporetto to St Mark's Square and began our day of wandering down narrow streets and lanes crossing over canals on hump-back bridges. Everywhere we turned ther were amazing buildings, colourfully decorated and small open squres filled with cafes restaurants and souvenir shops. Sometimes we were...

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