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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 9th 2018

This morning we had a light breakfast and spent our final morning walking around the town and looking in shops. Our hotel had allowed us to check out an hour later than usual, at 1pm, so at 11:30am we went to our favourite restaurant, Pizzeria Ristorante Dolfin, for our final dinner. We had a delicious meal (Insalata Primavera for Jo and Lasagne and Insalata Caprese for me). Our waiters gave us a complimentary drink to finish and kissed us goodbye. We will really miss them and the superb food there. After dashing back to our hotel room to put our final things in our cases, we walked back across the bridge to the Piazzale Roma, where the coaches leave from. It is only a 2 minute walk and there was a bus there already so we ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 8th 2018

This morning we walked around the corner to the Piazzale Roma water bus station to catch the 4.1 water bus to the Museo stop on Murano Island. It was a pea soup fog and you could barely see 50m in front of you. We went to the Glass Museum on Murano for a while, then walked around the island and caught the 4.2 water bus from the Fero stop to San Marco Zaccaria. It was after 12:30pm at this point so we had a pizza each in a restaurant on the water, fighting off some very aggressive pigeons in the process. After lunch, we went to pier B to catch water bus line 2 to San Giorgio Maggiore, the Island in front of St Mark’s Square. We went inside the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore and ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 7th 2018

This morning we walked to The Ghetto with the aim of being at the Museo Ebraico (Jewish Museum of Venice) in time for their daily tour. We stopped on the way for a quick breakfast to eat on the go and walked through the tunnel which was the entrance to the Ghetto. The Ghetto is on an island accessible by 3 bridges and in the early years (1500s or so) the Jews were not allowed to leave their homes at night. The Museo Ebraico has a small entrance but extends upstairs and either side into buildings next door. There were originally 5 synagogues in The Ghetto and there are no others in Venice. We were taken into the 2 smaller Ashkenazi synagogues, which are only rarely used today. The first is the oldest and is in ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 6th 2018

This morning we decided to go to the sights around Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) so breakfast on the go was a slice of mushroom pizza, which was absolutely delicious and not greasy at all. High tide was at 9:30am so we diverted around to the Rialto Markets to see the fish sellers, whose catches were literally still jumping. The produce in the vegetable stalls is incredibly fresh and looks very appealing. We wandered along the canal’s edge, towards Ponte de Rialto (Rialto Bridge), and it was really interesting to see the areas where we had stood the other day all under water. Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) was knee deep in water so we walked along a boardwalk that ended up entering Basilica di San Marco (St Mark’s Basilica). The water was actually ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 5th 2018

This morning we had our breakfast at a different café then wandered around the streets for a while, ending up at the Rialto Markets. As it was a wet day, we mooched around the shops for a while and then came back to our hotel room at midday for a cup of tea and a rest before heading off again to go to Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This had amazing floors, wooden carvings and paintings along the walls and ornate carved and painted ceilings. They had large magnified mirrors there that you could use to walk around and look at reflections of the ceiling in. Across from this was the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which had copies of his paintings and wooden replicas of a lot of his inventions. You were allowed to touch them ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 4th 2018

This morning we had a lazy morning. The high tide was at 8:30am and we could see from our hotel window that the water level was spilling over the edge of the canal wall so we took it slowly getting ready. The forecast is rain for the next 4 days but today was supposed to be 20 and sunny so we decided to go to the Piazza San Marco today to see it at its best. We crossed over the bridge in front of our hotel and had a look at the planks that they put up to walk on. Breakfast was in a café in the plaza across the canal from us. After this, we walked through all the tiny alleys in the direction of Piazza San Marco. On the way we stopped at the ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice November 3rd 2018

This morning, I left the Arthur Findlay College and my cousin Christine drove me to her place where my other cousin Jo collected me to go to London Gatwick Airport for our flight to Venice. We landed and got a coach to the terminus area and then walked to our hotel, the Hotel Papadopoli Venezia. http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1313-hotel-papadopoli-venezia-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1313-hotel-papadopoli-venezia-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml After settling into our room, we walked a few streets until we found an amazing restaurant where we had dinner. Jo and I shared a delicious Bruschetta and then she had Gnocchi and I had lasagne. It was the best I have ever tasted as it literally melted in my mouth. Wow….. Our hotel is amazing, with brocade wallpaper and doors and crystal doorknobs. What an experience. :-)... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice October 3rd 2018

Our first choice after leaving England in early July was to go to Paris. After checking the forecast for the next few days (95F, or 35C) and air/train fares, we realized that Venice may be a better choice at this point. Paris would have to wait a bit longer. Venice was also hot, but not 95F. Our room on the fourth floor was one of the few in the hotel to have air-conditioning, but we had to walk up four flights of steps to get to it. Venice started out as a haven for refugees while the Roman Empire was disintegrating in the fifth century. The “locals” started a series of refugee settlements in and around the Venetian lagoon, hoping that the invading Visigoths and Huns would stay away from the wet areas. “The lagoon is ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 23rd 2018

Vandaag zetten we geen wekker! Er wordt uitgeslapen, uitgebreid ontbeten met spek en eieren en een lekkere kom thee. Tegen 11u vertrokken we richting receptie om ons dagticket voor Venetië te kopen. Die staarde ons echt aan alsof we zot waren om op dit uur nog naar daar te vertrekken. We hadden binnen een kwartier een bus ongeveer een kilometer verderop en ze zei dat we zeker moesten doorstappen, om ons daarna nog zeker 5 minuten aan de babbel te houden… Laura heeft echt alles gegeven en was uitgeput, maar we hebben ze nog gehaald. Dan nog een half uurtje wachten op de ferry richting Murano, want die van Venetië zat stampvol. Venetië, the long way around. Na enkele stops te maken op de omliggende eilanden, zagen we op een gegeven moment een heel scheve toren ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice September 11th 2018

This morning we went on a two hour walk with Katerina, our local guide, who was extremely knowledgeable of Venetian history. We saw laundry boats and all kinds of deliveries being made, making it easy to see why it’s expensive to live here. We paused under the window of an elderly woman who is not usually kind to tour groups which stop under her windows. She waters her plants on them or has been known to sprinkle breadcrumbs on them. Katerina explained that Venice’s population has been shrinking since the 1500’s when there were 200,000 people living here to 53,000 today. Two thirds are between the ages of 75 and 100. They are losing population at the rate of about 1000 per year. Many people are using homes as air b’n b’s or if they are ... read more
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