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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 17th 2023

We just arrived in Venice, but I want to catch up on our hike in the Dolomites. From Salzburg we took the train to Bolzano, the main town of the Alto Adige (if you're Italian) or Sudtirol (if you're Austrian). There's still a very strong German-speaking presence here, even though the area was grabbed by Italy after the First World War. On Monday we took a bus from Bolzano to Selva, a small town in the beautiful Val Gardena, and started our hike. At first it was a pleasant stroll up the gently climbing valley, enclosed on both sides by towering, jagged peaks. Before long the terrain became much steeper and we climbed up on stony trails to the first rifugio, Puez. It sits in a high meadow, just above the cliff over the valley. It's ... read more
Lynn on her way down a crumbling hillside
In the fog, just before the rain came

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 18th 2023

Here we go again! Another day, another early start, another breakfast! Today we were up at 6:30, in breakfast, then setting off for Venice at 7:30. It’s now 8:47, I’ve had an hour long nap. I seem to get up tired every morning, I guess it’s because we pack a lot into each day, so it’s worth it! On the coach, we were able to enjoy the diversity of the Italian landscape as the tour travels onwards to Venice! At 10:00am, we have a welcome comfort stop at another Autogrill truck stop. This one is at Nadia Al Pino Est. We all have this routine down to a fine art now. A quick cappuccino and a croissant for me, then we’re good to go! I’ve just contacted Tom, hopefully we will be able to make time ... read more
Travelling to Venice

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 13th 2022

Sunday - 30 Apr 23 - Rome Now checked into the NH Collection Vittorio Veneto Hotel in Rome for three nights. Leaving Rome on Wednesday 3 May by train for Venice. The ship docked at 6am right on schedule and we debarked at 7:30am joining Keryn and Garth for the transfer to our respective hotels in Rome. Two other couples in the van and Mario the driver did a great job of stacking the boot with the luggage - see the photo. We all had money on the fact that he would not be able to do it. The transfer took about an hour (70 Euro a couple) and worth every penny to transfer direct from ship to hotel. Arrived at the hotel at about 9:15am and checked in but our room not ready until 3pm. ... read more
Rome 2 - Spanish Steps 1
Rome 3 - Spanish Steps 2
Rome 4 - Colosseum from HOHO Bus

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 8th 2022

After many hours of frantic phone calls we have gotten tickets to get to Venice. Air Canada saved the day while Expedia just washed their hands and told us they couldn’t help us. Route is Toronto to Montreal then on to Venice. The issue is we have 40 minutes to connect In Montreal and 1 hour to get the shuttle from Venice to Ravenna (port city where the cruise ship is) Note: cruise ships aren’t allowed in Venice any more. We get to the airport without a hitch! It’s all downhill from here. The 1 hour flight to Montreal was fairly smooth and after landing we were told that we can’t get the plane to the gate because it is blocked by another plane. (a storm in the Ottawa area) It should only be 15 minute ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 1st 2022

GRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today was SUPPOSED to be a travel day. Due to a 24 hour pilot strike this morning at 4:30 our first leg to Venice was cancelled. Thank you Lufthansa for not negotiating well with the pilots and totally screwing up the front end of our trip. (130,000 passengers world wide affected) Lufthansa has no seats available for 5 days. Frantic phone calls have gotten us booked with Air Canada. We are booked out on Saturday. Stand by....... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 25th 2022

Finally! The covid haze has lifted slightly and next week we are headed out from captivity. Flying into Venice via Munich, wander around Venice then board the boat for Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. If you would like to be removed from the blog, please let me know. Otherwise see you in our travels. Thanks... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 24th 2022

WED, 24 AUG 2022 – Day 12: Venice - Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, today we head to the canals of Venice! On arrival, we’ll take an orientation walking tour with your Expat Explore tour leader, who will show you the sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square. You’ll also have the option to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals on a gondola ride, which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this unique destination. Overnight – Hotel Venezia Uncle Larry's Note: I met Delia and Nevio during the tour of Wales in late July and early August of this year. We hit it off splendidly, and they encouraged me to let them give me a personalized tour of Venice. Great people, and a ... read more
Hotel Venezia Lobby – Venice, Italy
Guided Tour of Venice, Italy with My Friends Delia and Nevio
Guided Tour of Venice, Italy with My Friends Delia and Nevio

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 29th 2022

Ce dimanche nous avons décidé de faire un petit tour en gondole car nous ne pensons pas que nous reviendrons encore un jour ou souvent à Venise… On aura ainsi aucun regret… Après nous être renseignés samedi du prix nous avons constaté qu’il fallait faire attention de ne pas se faire arnaquer par le premier venu… et une fois dans la gondole ne pas se laisser faire par « au retour Mme faudra encore me payer 20 % du prix parce que vous m’avez payé par Visa »… « Scusate ? Abbiamo fissato il prezzo e non ci sarà nessun extra caro signore…. » Je pense que vous aurez réussi à traduire qu’il n’en sera pas question…. ! Il ne l’a pas mal pris et nous avons fait une belle promenade de 45 minutes… Après quoi ... read more
Venise et ses gondoles
et bien entendu...

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 11th 2022

I didn’t like Venice one bit, the only time I visited it on a sweltering Saturday in July decades ago. I can remember impossible crowds, sickening heat, dirty water, a miserable hostel in a convent. My friends and I got up the next morning and showered under a cold tap, and caught the first train to Switzerland. Today I thought I would give it one more chance this Saturday, but try to be one step ahead. I booked a good hotel 0.9 miles from the train station. I left my suitcase at the train station for 18 euros, and carried a light bag. I got good instructions from hotel staff how to do Venice in a day, plus a map that clearly labeled the hotel. I found the tobacco store where you buy a ticket for ... read more
One of many canals
Gotta get the gondola
Here in Venice

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice April 23rd 2022

Vom Zeltplatz geht ein Vaporetto nach Zattere. Zuerst Guggenheim Museum. Da war eine merkwürdige Sonderausstellung mit mystischen Wesen. Danach auf due andere Seite vom Canale Grande und zum Markusplatz. Dort ist es streng verboten, sich irgendwo hinzusetzen, es kommt sofort ein Wächter... Bleiben die Cafés, Eis 20 Euro. Also weiter in Kultur, Markusdom, der kostete nur 3 Euro. Dann mit dem Traghetto zurück zu Maria del Salute, das kostet nur 2 Euro und man hat trotzdem das Gondelfeeling. Zurück zum Zeltplatz, um 20.00 kamen Al und Michi, nass. Steinmüde. Sie verzehren meine Pizza und hauten sich in der Hütte auf den Boden. ... read more

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