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Jun 25, 2015 - Venice

VENEZIA {Andie - 6-25-15] Our day spent in Venice was one of my favorite days of the entire trip so far! The evening of our arrival it was pouring rain - when we stepped out of the ticket booth there was an ankle deep puddle! Needless to say, we didn’t do much exploring that night. The fun started the next morning….. We got an early start and hopped on the public boat to the Rialto Bridge. Once you cross this historic bridge (formerly Venice’s only), there is a large, open fish & seafood market. There was quite the display of “delicacies”...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Touring Venice

Sunday, June 21st. No rest for the wicked. We jumped on our bikes and headed to the local port to catch our water taxis over to Venice – a 5Km bike ride on flat land. Bill had already figured out which water taxis we needed to take to get to the Santa Lucia train station which was just a sort walk to the Ferrovia vaporetta (water bus) stop to begin Rick Steves’ Grand Canal Cruise audio tour. This Grand Canal is Venice’s “Main Street”. At more than two miles long and nearly 15 feet deep, the Grand Canal is the city’s largest, lined with its...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Return to Venice

Saturday, June 20th We slept well our last night on the sea. Apparently we arrived early back in Venice. I was sleeping but by 9:30 am, we had enjoyed our breakfast and were ready for our de-boarding time. What a great experience we had, viewing Venice from our water taxi’s. We had to make one transfer. There we were with all the locals, pulling luggage from one taxi to the next. What fun. Our land taxi was waiting for us when we de-boarded and we were home by 12:00 pm . After a nap, laundry was started and hung up all around us on lines...

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Jun 18, 2015 - final day in Venice....

This morning we made our way to Giudecca Island. Our first stop was at Arti Veneziane alla Giudecca (AVG). The visit began with a glass-blowing demonstration by one of AVG’s artisan glassmakers. With the furnace raging next to him and with over thirty sets of eyes fixated on him, as he skillfully turned liquid silica into a glass jug and a glass horse in a matter of minutes while the factory manager explains the Venetian art of glass-making. So that you know when you have official Murano glass from this factory is is marked with an AVG logo...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Venice ... ahhhhh

Venice Ah Venice, ever since I first visited you, you have had my heart. There is nothing more magical than wandering narrow streets, getting lost, and finding a new treasure. Although that can be an experience in most Italian cities, the joy of Venice is that there isn't any vehicular traffic on land to whiz by while a person is soaking in the ambiance. Our arrival in Venice was easy ... dropped off the car at the Mestre rail station and took the train to Santa Lucia. From there, we stood in a very long line to get our 3-day pass for the...

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Jun 17, 2015 - on to Venice....or should i say Venezia

After our stop in Florence we boarded our tour bus and headed on to Venice. It is about 130 miles from Florence to Venice. We arrived in Venice in the early afternoon and we continued to have beautiful weather. So far any rain that we have faced has been while driving on the bus and has not impacted our trip negatively in any way. The amazing thing i learned about the city of Venice is that is it comprised of a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. The city is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Off on our cruise

Saturday June 13th. Our taxi was ready and waiting for us at the campground gates. Our trip to the Cruise Terminal was uneventful. Bill had started his ginger regime and he did just fine. Checking in went surprisingly smooth as well and by 2 pm we were enjoying lunch on board. We have a lovely Jr. suite with a large balcony to enjoy the sea air and the scenery. As we headed out of port we sort of giggled and said, “We are cruising to Greece. Can you believe that?!”. Our trip by water taxi, then from on board the ship gave us an incredible...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Venice

Thursday, June 11th. We travelled on a beautiful road on the way back to the Autostrada. The scenery was breathtaking. Other than the odd mountain that we tunneled through the coastline here is pretty flat. A few trees here and there but predominately fields of olive trees and grape vines. We ran into some serious construction on this stretch of highway. I swear some of the new tunnels look wide enough to fly a 727 through. Considering Italy’s financial status we continue to be amazed at how well maintained the Autostrade is. It has...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 15 - Venice

Day 15 Tuesday 9th June 2015 Venice Cerys and I had planned to line up early for a tour of st marks basilica this morning, as we hadn't purchased any walking tours as we saw them EVERYWHERE and quite frankly a 3 hour narrated walk through a church is potentially 2 hours and 50 minutes too long for me. The lines during the day are very long and in the sun! Did I mention it's hot here? Anyway, our grand plan was to get in and get out early. Neat and clean and at our own pace. However....I slept so well, Cerys (bless her) left me sleeping! So...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 14 Venice

Day 14 Monday in Venice We had a little bit of a rest this morning. The breakfast downstairs is nothing to crawl out of bed for, so it was Cerys's turn to rest after a mammoth walkathon yesterday. Our goal for the day was to finish out washing. Yesterday we put in about ten pieces of clothing with the hotel that cost about €14 for item. That was a bit rich, which is why Cerys was really impressed with some €10 euro fashion stores! We should have just binned the dirty clothes! However, we are fond of our undies, plus a few other items, so...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 12 Florence to Venice

Day 12 Saturday Florence to Venice Woke up 9-ish with a goal to pack our bags without resorting to buy an extra bag. There were some sacrifices in order to achieve this with the Dior jacket which I was gifted on our first day in Rome being sacrificed to make room. Dang....and I never took a photo either! Our bags closed, and our apartments tidied, we carried several plastic bags worth of rubbish to the street bins as requested by the owner. Three full bags were carried several hundred metres to these large drawer style bins that you open...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 13 Venice

Day 13 Sunday Venice Woke about 8am and went down to breakfast. A tiny little dining room with as much pomp and posh as you can squeeze into a little dining room. The Italian breakfast of cold meat and cheese was evidenced, along with buns and pastries. A small concession to the western e world was bacon, scrambled egg, mini sausages, etc. we ate a small unexciting breakfast and headed out for out latest adventure. Let me tell you, I am a directional genius. Seriously, I am a map reader, street directory consumer, and bush walker from way...

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