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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 27th 2019

The rain arrived but didn't dampen our enjoyment of Venice. Today we enjoyed indoor adventures. Rather close to our "flat" was the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - a church built by the Franciscan and dedicated in 1492! It is still a church but contains many of Venice's most famous works of art. Went early and almost had it to ourselves. Besides the paintings and sculptures there were some amazing carved pieces and even a 16th century clockworks. Couldn't leave Italy without having pizza - it was complemented with grilled sardines and onions soaked in olive oil and deep fried zucchini blossoms. Ben will appreciate someone else who has eaten in this restaurant. Did some exploring in the rain looking for bookstores and bakeries. Also did some house keeping and laundry as we prepare ... read more
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Carved clock face
Clock face detail

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 26th 2019

Spent the day visiting two other islands in the Venetian lagoon - Burano and Murano. Where many European cities have extensive bus/subway public transport services - Venice has boats. The network is extensive and considering how many people they need to service - very effective. First stop was Burano, known for its fine lace making and very colorful houses. Not too big and not too crowded and a great excuse to have a cappuccino and "Burano bussola (biscuit)". It takes about an hour to cross the lagoon to Burano - we said they were efficient, no fast! Next stop was Murano, know for its glassworks. Very quaint island but a bit more crowded as is only 10 min. from Venice proper. Gee found a very nice osteria with a great outdoor garden and very local feel. ... read more
Sunday morning treats
Burano colors
Burano color

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 25th 2019

Busy day in Venice - spent 6 hrs walking and 2 on a boat. Roaming through the endless maze of "streets" - some only 3 ft wide- has been delightful. It is easy to get lost, but the fun is in the search. Some highlights: The Rialto bridge is one of the 4 bridges over the Grand Canal and near it is the site of a Saturday morning fish market and the amount and variety was amazing. Everything fresh from the boats. Watched one fellow clean live eels! A Venetian tradition is an Italian version of tapas called cicchetti. Walk-up bars offer small, usually open-faced "sandwiches" with a wide range of toppings beginning late morning and each one is about 1euro. You can also get a very small glass of wine also for a euro - ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 24th 2019

One more step on this path has been completed and we are in Venice. It will be impossible to describe and though we will take far too many pictures, none of them will do justice to this city. Unique is an understatement. We've logged quite a few miles already and will share a few photos with you. The ones "titled" as 4-**** are within 150 yards of the apartment that will be home for 4 days. The others might give you a flavor of Venice. Some streets crazy busy, but take a few steps from them and it is tranquil and beautiful. Fingers crossed the good weather holds for a couple of days.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 11th 2019

About 2 years ago we were invited to attend the wedding of family and friends the Moorcrofts in England over Easter. It didn't make sense to go all that way for 2 days so we decided to tack on a side trip to Venice followed by an Adriatic cruise. It worked out quite well as you will see. There are 7 Panoramic shots to begin. Allow 5 secs. for each to scroll through. 1. Grand Canal, Venice 2. Sailing out of Venice 3. Acropolis, Athens 4. Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis 5. Harbour, Mykonos 6. Countryside, Albania 7. Harbour Entrance, Dubrovnik... read more
On to Venice
Merchant of Venice
The gondola ride

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice April 30th 2019

Today we got to sleep in!! Breakfast was. At 7:30 and departure was 8:30. Exciting to be going to Venice!! Each place we visit can have its challenges. Besides the language barrier we have had to learn when we can drink the water and when we drink bottled water, of course for the three of us finding butter (Italy only) and ice, and most importantly where to go to the restrooms and how much we have to pay. Typically we have to pay .70 Euros. Yesterday it was 2.00 Euros. That’s a lot! Food can be a challenge. We are not always given a choice except at breakfast, which is almost always a buffet. Coffee has been tough. I typically drink decaf and that’s not an option here so I have limited myself to one cup ... read more
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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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