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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 4th 2013

Veneziana Hospital...A 15 minute water taxi took us to the S.S. Guianni E Paolo (St. John & Paul) Hospital in Venice. As you have read by now (from Aaron's blog), Beth's foot continued to hurt, & she began throwing up (8 times in 4 hours!). "Pronto" service means standing & waiting until someone appears at the desk or decides to help. Often the hospital staff are doing other things inside & outside the hospital (i.e. The ER doctor put on an red emergency jacket & took off out the front door - he returned a little over an hour later.). The Medico took special interest in Beth because her grandmother & daughter share the same birthday. People wait & wait to be seen here. The hallways are constantly lined with beds & high back wheelchairs that ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 2nd 2013

Today we drove to Venice and it was the perfect day. The skies were cloudless, the sun was shining and there weren't too many crowds. We arrived in Venice around 1.30pm, caught the Vaporetto to our hotel in San Samuele and were in awe of just how much of a treasure Venice really is. It's simply beautiful... Makes you warm and fuzzy inside...We arrived in our hotel, and behind a wrought iron door we found this...... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 28th 2013

Thurs 27/6/13 nice is beautiful! And the casino was awsome but everything was to expensive so we went to good old macas for tea :). Now on the bus to Venice exciting. We stopped inVerona to get our masks for our mascarade camp site party tonight, its my roomie jades bday. Missing brent heaps, missed our skype date last night because of the crappy wifi at hostels! The receptionist heard about it, thats for sure!. He told me he has to do a rehab thing, but worried! Please shed some light on that. Miss the whanau xx Venice was amazing so pretty but the water smells a bit, which is a shame.... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 28th 2013

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 28th 2013

Day 1 4am wake up....4 hour sleep...Check out, taxi, check in...breakfast at Harrods. Yes Harrods has a shop in the Portugal terminal. Off we go...two and half hours to Rome..sleep time...Where we need to wait for the connecting flight to Venice....Carmen had her first macas meal. I had the fillet o fish...and it was yuk...think the cheese was different..Carmens Big Mac was the same. Carmen thought she was Italian as soon as we landed in Rome, she started with the hands and saying, bonjour no, mama Mia, she said it so loud one guy turned around and gave her a dirty look.On the plane again..one hour to go...once in the plane and I start chatting to a girl from south Africa...she is so excited..cute...We get to Venice and tourists everywhere.....all transport lines packed....we decide to go ... read more
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San Marco
Basilica

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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 14th 2013

Woke up with my 2nd hangover of the tour and vague memories of all the stuff I said the night before. I slipped out quietly of my cabin so not to wake my roommate Ken. I did my daily blog at the benches near reception as I waited for everyone to wakeup. We had a full day in Venice and I was looking forward to Gondola ride. I know it is a cheesy tourist thing but I can't help being cheesy. While I was waiting for the bus to drive us into town I ran into Christine from the Mega European tour. The Mega European tour is a 49 day tour that goes all over Europe and into Turkey as well. I got along well with everyone on the bus but after 49 days we would ... read more
Plaza San Marco
Gondola
Gondola Ride

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 25th 2013

We have now boarded the Ruby Princess yesterday amid horrid weather! The san marco area was flooded again which made it awkward to board our ferry to the ship, but eventually cold and wet we finally checked in. We were upgraded and got an outside cabin. Today we have ventured out for one last walk around this amazing city.We have concentrated inthe Dorsoduro area which is opposite the main part of venice. Currentlh we are in a bar - Deb wihnan americano (drink!) and i have a spritzer - as you do!!!! We will head back to the ship for our departure from Venice - many memorable moments, enjoyable commeraderie for my birhday dinner- one that will take a lot to beat. Have enjoyed staying here for 6 days...any less would not do at all.. Will ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 25th 2013

We have now boarded the Ruby Princess yesterday amid horrid weather! The san marco area was flooded again which made it awkward to board our ferry to the ship, but eventually cold and wet we finally checked in. We were upgraded and got an outside cabin. Today we have ventured out for one last walk around this amazing city.We have concentrated inthe Dorsoduro area which is opposite the main part of venice. Currentlh we are in a bar - Deb wihnan americano (drink!) and i have a spritzer - as you do!!!! We will head back to the ship for our departure from Venice - many memorable moments, enjoyable commeraderie for my birhday dinner- one that will take a lot to beat. Have enjoyed staying here for 6 days...any less would not do at all.. Will ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 22nd 2013

Well finally i am able to get on the internet! We arrived in Venice on Sat by train and it took no time at all. Found our hotel which is right beside the Danieli hotel which is very elaborate. Deb Paulides had arrived early on Sat and was there waiting for us. After Julie and Julia arrived we went to San Marco sq and treated ourselves to a bubbly, music and sunshine at Florian Caffe in the square. Jim and Sonia joined us and we all ended up in at a tiny restaurant for dinner. Sunday we all just meandered around sightseeing even stopping at Harrys Bar for an Americano. Hotel Wildner for my birthday dinner! Food was great, position was right on the waterfront and I again was so humbled to have been able to ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 14th 2013

In an effort to escape the feeling that we are in an adult amusement park I walk into the farther reaches of Cannaregio, known as the original "ghetto". In old times Jews were second class citizens but as merchants and jewelers it was more efficient to have them in the city, but they were relegated to the outskirts. The area was quiet and some facades were crumbling, but it still has charm. We decide to escape the endless crowded alleys of Venice and make good use of our transport passes with a ferry ride to Burano, known for its hypercolorful colors, and Torcello, home of a basilica also with impressive mosaics. The 30 minute ride passes the floating cemetery and Murano, the island of glass blowers. Apparently the heat necessary to glass blowing was too much ... read more
Canal in Cannaregio
Cannaregio
Cannaregio




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