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Sep 29, 2014 - Venice & The Magic of 'La Serenissima'

Up at 6 am and catch a water taxi at 7:30 am to go across the Grand Canal for a walking tour of Hidden Venice with a local guide - Iffy. We saw St. Mark's Square, the Bell Tower, the Rialto, the Grand Canal, the back streets, and 'campi' small squares - places where tourists Sheldon tread. These were filled with History and great places to sample local life. Iffy guided us around the different squares in Old Venice and talked about the History. Then we went into St. Paul's Cathedral for a tour inside. Amazing! So beautiful! Breathtaking...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Fair Verona & Venice, Queen of the Adriatic

Up at 6 am - on the bus at 8 am. On our way to Italy! Our day took up past orchards and vineyards as we followed the Adige River. Stopped in Verona which is famous for Operas. Got on a local bus to go to the old part of Town. There we saw their Roman Arena, a maze of elegant squares, and of course Juliet's Balcony. Then we were on our own to explore and grab a light lunch before getting back on the Coach. We also saw the barrier around the outside of the City. Now on to glorious Venice that is known for over a thousand years as La...

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Sep 24, 2014 - 24 hours in Venice. Sept 24/25

24hours in Venice. The sail in starts around 12:30, it is absolutely glorious weather and the scenery is amazing. Tons of little boats of all sizes darting in and out, just like driving a car in Italy. We dock around 2:30 and hustle off the ship. We are going to do Venice on our own. Don't need to see any churches or museums, just want to walk around. We buy a 24 hr Vaporetti pass for 30 Euro each. It is the bus line of Venice. We are on the Alilaguna line. These are the only passes they sell at the cruise port bit there is another line...

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Europe 2014

Sep 22, 2014 - Last Day in Venice

Last day in Venice. I wish I had about four more days but I am sure the next stop will be just as wonderful. We have been sleeping with our windows open because of the heat and humidity and the other night, I woke up and could not go back to,sleep wondering what if a rat or something crawled in. I almost woke up Tim but convinced myself that we are high enough I didn't have to worry about it (and yes, I know rats climb). Last night, we were up really late and suddenly Tim said come look out the window - hurry. Yep - a rat about the size of...

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Down the Road

Sep 21, 2014 - Venice

Since we still have some jet lag, today was not the best. There was extremely high humidity that got to us both. We were prepared for heat but why it didn't occur to us that there might be high humidity is beyond me! Poor Tim is worse than me in terms of jet-lag and cannot sleep more than 3-4 hours at a time. While I am getting better at sleeping, we are both awake about 2-3 a.m. and want to go back to sleep at 6 am. Tim did actually sleep from 6-8:30 this morning. We went to the island of Murano today with visions of bringing back nice...

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Down the Road

Sep 20, 2014 - Observations from Italy

1. There are very few bald Italian men 2. Italian music is less annoying in Italy 3. The hotel's idea of hot water is not my idea of hot water 4. I don't think I can go back to eating Tillamook cheese 5. Venice is a Coke town .... nary a Pepsi in sight 6. Gelato is amazing! We started today around our hotel, which is very close to San Marco Square and in the "hoity toity" district - think stores like Prada, Vercace, Gucci, etc. ad nauseum. We stopped at a pharmacy near our hotel and bought razors, shaving cream, smallish bottle of shampoo...

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Down the Road

Sep 19, 2014 - Arrived in Venice

That was one long plane ride!!! Especially in coach! Neither of us slept much. Arrived in Amsterdam - huge airport. Had to go through a passport checkpoint - what a difference from the U.S.!! We had to take all liquids out and cameras, iPad/Surface etc. The difference was in the attitude of the screener. Patient and friendly and we didn't feel like he thought we were the bad guys! My shoes set off the metal,detector (they pinged in Amsterdam but not in Seattle) so I got a pretty thorough pat down. No taking you aside - it's right there! I...

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Down the Road

Sep 2, 2014 - Pre-Cruise Stay in Venice, Italy!

Up and showered, in the small coffin, and out for the free continental breakfast. The girls shopped at the sex shop next door while Ronnie and I foraged for wine. The girls were both able to procure a sexy dress each for 2 Euro! Great deal :) At around 10:30 a.m., we boarded the high speed train at the Termini station just 5 mins from the hotel. Big station and we were a bit uneasy about how it worked and where we needed to be. We had booked the tickets for the train in advance for about $75 canadian each. Our high speed train was to arrive...

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Living the Dream

Aug 3, 2014 - What is there to do in Venice?

After yet another filling breakfast, the group took off for a walk through the streets of Venice. Hard to believe you are on an island when you just see endless cobblestone alleys between really old buildings. There are actually a lot of bridges that you walk over but you just don't notice them after a while. The long walk ended at a mask making shop. A quick explanation of how the paper mache masks for carnavale are made and we were left to decorate with any paints, bric-a-brac and beads we found in the shop. Despite our considerable lack...

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Cascianis Go Home

Aug 2, 2014 - Gillian's Islands, but bigger and more churches

Our bullet train to Venice was fast. At least it looked fast when we could see the countryside. The first 10 miles were through tunnels. The Venice train station is right on the Grand Canal. But let's face it, most things are. It was a short walk to a gondola. Our gondolier would not sing to us but was happy to break dance and rock the boat. Next a long walk to San Marco square. This was the main port and the seat of power for whoever was currently ruling the 188 islands that make up Venice. Of course there is a church attached that...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 17, 2014 - Venice!!!

We had a long bus ride again but we were headed to Venice so I didn't mind it too much. I was sooo excited to finally accomplish the dream I have had since I was 10! We stopped off at a Perfumery first to see how it was made. It was a little too strong for me but still neat to see. They made a beautiful rose soap that reminded me of a body wash Chris gave me once. I didn't buy any though.  The scenery on the drive was beautiful but I slept a bunch. I was trying to make the time go faster! We finally made it to the Venice camp ground around...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 17, 2014 - Venice Italy

After breakfast at the hotel, we went on a 3 island tour that we had prearranged with our tour agent. If we had it to do over, we would probably just take a vaporette (public water bus) and go to Murano and Burano. The island of Torcello did not have much to offer, and had we taken the vaporette to the other islands on our own instead of with a tour, we would have had more time to spend at Murano and Burano. After the 3 island tour, we returned to the hotel to get our bags and take our private water taxi to the NCL Spirit ship. While...

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