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Sep 9, 2016 - Aboard Azamara Journey

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 Aboard Azamara Journey Tom rose at 6AM and looked over our canal with the early morning glow and street lamps still lit. Our taxi driver had walked the 0.2 miles from his car in the parking lot and helped us roll our luggage back to it. There are no streets in Venice! We departed the Morasco Hotel at 11:15 AM and were driven to the cruise port and the Azamara Journey departure site. The helpful crew tagged our two suitcases assuring us we would meet up with them in our staterooms later that afternoon. After...

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Sep 8, 2016 - The Vaporetto to Morano, Evening Gondola, and "Battle of the Bands"

Sept. 8, 2016 The Vaporetto to Morano, Evening Gondola, and "Battle of the Bands" After a good night’s sleep, we had a great breakfast at the hotel and waited until noon (our jet lag day, after all) to head out to Murano, the island famous for artistry in glass. We explored the shops where the glass ranged from elegant, unique, and expensive to mass produced trinkets. Nothing really whetted our appetites, except a lunch at Marlin Pizza where we had a mushroom-ham thin crust and a green salad. Back on the boat, we crossed the stretch of...

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Sep 7, 2016 - Arrival in Venice

Sept. 7, 2016 Arrived in Venice Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. These are located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. We had arranged with the hotel for a driver who would take us to the Piazza Roma where we would then be escorted on foot (he pulled the luggage, thankfully) the 0.2 miles from our hotel. (We took...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Traveling to Venice

Sept 6, 2016 Traveling to Venice Our Delta flight is scheduled for 1PM, so there was no rush to get going too early today. We even had our last cup of our special coffee blend (of course there is NO coffee in Italy!!). The flight left right on time and we were off on our adventure. We flew to Detroit for an early evening connection to Amsterdam where we would land in the morning. The planned dinner meal was a bit delayed by heavy turbulence caused by the recent hurricane that was still wandering around the northeast coast of the US....

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Jul 4, 2016 - Venice

So excited to be in Venice! This really is my favorite city! We are staying in a flat close to Rialto Bridge and also close to St. Mark's square. Couldn't be a better location! However, it is tucked back in a little tiny alley way that is very difficult to find! We have found ourselves lost on more than one occasion, even with the help of google maps! The flat is very spacious. It has a bedroom, living room with a fold out couch, kitchen area, and a loft. I love staying in the these Airbnb's because you get to see what is is really like to...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Venice

Back on the road to Venice. We checked out the parking on the main land to take a bus. Didn't look all that inviting as it was hot and more hot. So we road across the bridge over the lagoon into Venice and found a parking lot right off the bridge. Parked and packed a backpack for the night. Across the foot bridge into the main square to look for our hotel. As luck, and good planning, happened our hotel was the first one on the left past the bridge. So we checked in and enjoyed the air conditioning for a few minutes. Then back into the heat...

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May 6, 2016 - Day 14: One day in Venice

If I was tasked with describing my trip to Venice in one word, rudeness comes to mind. There were a lot of rude people in Venice. I was very surprised! Anytime you hear sorry or excuse me, it comes from a tourist. The Venetians haven't learned the use of those words. The jewelry shopkeeper, took the bracelet from Zarish's hand and told her it was not a souvenir it was designer. Sad thing is, it was only about 30 euros. Zarish had liked it and would have bought it. We ended up going to another shop and all three of us bought a bracelet. The...

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May 5, 2016 - Day 13: Journey to Venice

We saw a lot in Paris. Packed a whole lot in one day. Disappointments: Zarish never got any macaroons or éclair. Turns out today was some religious holiday so our search for a bakery, really any bakery at this point, failed. Next time for sure! Also, they don't have fresh strawberries so my crepes just weren't how like them. I liked the crepes in Ireland much better. Our flight was at 3:20 but we decided to leave early to make sure we get there on time. We need not have worried. There were some technical difficulties with the plane so the...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Venice/Trieste

Another busy travel day in the books! We started our day visiting Prauge on our way to Venice. Unfortunately my luggage didn't make its way to Venice which resulted in us missing our train to Trieste ..... Luckily we caught the next one and have checked into our hotel. We enjoyed a "real" Italian pizza and wine for dinner and did some window shopping (for now) - lol. Since I don't have any clothes, we took in a real Turkish bath experience at our hotel this evening - it was wonderful after all the travel we have done in the past three days....

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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 - Italian Friends Re-Visited & Arrivederci Venezia

In 2014 Lidia & I had traveled in Northern Europe and the Baltic nations. In August while on a walking tour in Riga, Latvia we met a delightful couple from Italy. We stayed in touch with them over the past couple years and hence they knew we would be in Venice. So as Valentina & Omar live an hour or so from Venice they joined us here for a day. Not only was it a pleasure to visit with them in person, but Lidia & I were the recipients of their expert guidance in & about Venice; tour guide they easily could be. Especially enjoyable were the...

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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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