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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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Oct 24, 2013 - Dubai to Venice

Asked for a seat on the right side of the plane as I heard there were fabulous views of the islands as you come into land – WOW wasn’t disappointed. There are so many islands, with houses that look like they are in the middle of the sea. Then we flew alongside the islands of Venice – spectacular seeing the whole layout from the air, down the Grand Canal, all the iconic buildings, the cruise terminal, etc. Highly recommend to anyone flying this leg – my seat number was 8K (the nice lady at check in asked if I would like a seat at the front...

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Oct 22, 2013 - Venice, Italy

Ross got up around 0500 and went to the 10th deck of the ship and walked eight laps around the deck for a total of 2 miles. After returning to the room Marge was up and around and after showering and dressing both of us went to the Windjammer Café on Deck 9 for our breakfast. We had signed up for an excursion that was to leave the ship around 0815. The excursion was boat tour of Venice, a stop at the Murano Glass Factory, and finally a gondola ride. The boat tour was interesting and we had a guide that was very informative and had good...

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Oct 20, 2013 - San Francisco to Venice, Italy

The airport shuttle arrived at the house around 1155 with Elden and Cherie aboard. We arrived at the airport around 1250 and then we spent about fifteen minutes in line at the Air France counter checking in and getting our boarding passes. The four of us stopped for lunch at a food court before we entered the secure area. We had to take our shoes off, place all our carry-on the X-ray machine belt, then we too get X-rayed ourselves and then the fun began. Ross’ carry-on was pulled aside by security and security then proceeded to rifle...

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