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Jun 7, 2018 - Last day

We caught the ferry to Venice early this morning and arrived in Venice by 11:00. It took awhile to figure out the best way to get to the hotel with our very heavy bags but we finally caught a water bus and checked into the hotel. Megan’s college roommate, Kelli, lives an hour north of Venice and was coming to meet us. We jumped on the water bus and headed down the canal to check out a church that looked interesting while we waited for Kelli to get there. Unfortunately, most of the churches close from noon to 3 or 4 o'clock. We admired the...

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Venice/Croatia

May 24, 2018 - Street maze

Small alleys and narrow carless streets with a plethora of bridges weave their way through Venice. Masses of tourists wandering about spreading the patience thin of the locals trying to pass by. We wandered the streets yesterday but today we had a purpose...see the basicilica and Doges palace. We accomplished our goal and was blown away by the interior of the church. Every inch a masterpiece floor, walls and ceiling covered. Some say it is the grandest church in Italy. The entire ceiling and top third of the walls covered in gold mosaics...

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Venice/Croatia

May 23, 2018 - The Adventure Begins...

We arrived safely to Venice today after 16 hours of travel with layovers and transportation to the hotel. From the airport we took a water bus to the hotel. We traveled down the main canal to the dock not far from where we are staying. It was too early to check in so we dropped off our bags and started sight seeing. San Marcos square was first on the list. The square is smaller than we had expected but the church is as grand as could be. We did a self guided walking tour of the outside of the church and surrounding buildings on the square...

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May 13, 2018 - Au cœur des Dolomites !!!

Bonjour à Tous Familles zé Amis, Retour en Italy pour un des joyaux des Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo !!! Connus des skieurs alpin et planchistes en particulier, maintenant des ultra trailleurs, car, depuis quelques années le circuit mondial de course en montagne (100 à 160 km) y tient une étape. De plus, Cortina a tenu les jeux olympique d’hiver en 1956. Vous pouvez y pratiquer nombreux sports de montagne, escalade, parapente, marche en montagne dans les nombreux sentiers bien cartographier, vélo montagne et j’en passe. Cortina est aussi...

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Apr 28, 2018 - Début du voyage, Venice !!!

Venice, ses canaux, ses ponts, ses gondoles, ses bateaux taxi, ses immeubles et nombreuses églises avec leurs fondations immergées sous l’eau. Fascinant, que sa tienne toujours, bien des films ont été tournées à Venice, dont un des derniers James Bond, mission impossible 2 ou 3 ? Petites places/square avec cafés, restaurants, bars et grandes places comme la Piezza San Marco où trône sa Basilique grandissime, avec des sculptures d’un talent ou plutôt de nombreux talent pour y arriver. Boutiques en tout genre et je ne vous apprend rien en...

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Jan 22, 2018 - Verona with "Davey-o" & "Gilli-ette"

Our seven days in Venice was non stop exploration and a lot of fun but we were ready to escape our 'hotel cage' and head for Verona to find out if Romeo and Big Julie had made up yet. We chose the water bus service to ferry us to the railway station a leisurely 50 minutes away for our fast train connection. The terminal was spacious and the service, brilliant. The ride itself was smooth although the speeds around 135 kph were not overly fast but understandable given we did make a few stops. Suddenly we were in Verona and minutes later in...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Venice

The departure from Prague was easy and our cab driver to the airport was our best yet. He actually conversed with us which we found very unusual. Marco Polo Airport was also a breeze probably because of the off season. Catching a water bus from the airport to a landing pier close to our hotel was a stroke of genius from the 'financier'. We may have been reasonably close to our hotel but we still managed to get lost for awhile. Some directions said to cross 2 bridges while others said 3. After crossing the same ones more than once we got it...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Venice

We left our cruise ship at 8:30 AM, took the People Mover tram to Piazzale Roma, bought 24 hour Vaporetto passes, took the Vaporetto to St. Marks square, caught our shuttle to Isle de la Rosa, checked into our hotel and took the shuttle back to Venice. All by 10:30. Wandered through St. Marks square but didn't go into the Basilica nor the Doge's Palace. We more or less people watched. We decided to just walk through the side streets and see where we ended up. One Place was the Accademia Museum at the foot of the Accademia Bridge. The museum...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 13, 2017 - Venice

Get up early they said. We will be coming into Venice at 6:30 AM they said. Venice is beautiful in the lights they said. Problem was the fog was so thick the port of Venice was closed at 6:30 AM and we stayed anchored outside of Venice until noon when the port finally opened. We finally got off the ship at 1:30 and then spent the next 5 hours wandering the streets and getting lost multiple times. I have heard various things about Venice. Too crowded, it smells, too dirty, too many pigeons. With the exception of the last, I have found Venice...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Pleasantly lost in Venezia

Sept.30 Venezia How can you sum up 3 days in Venice. A glittering jewel of a city, especially in the bright sunshine, nothing else like it of course. The key is to find the hidden gems, best accomplished by wandering the alleys amongst the canals and getting hopelessly lost at least twice per day. The image I have is of thousands of people, representing all nations on earth, deposited into a huge corn maze where half the paths are water- they wander about with little maps, looking up, down, side to side, giggling, saying 'this is the way!',...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Ode to the Italian lavatory

Sept. 29 Ode to Italian lavatories.. yes, it deserves a whole chapter in my blog. I must begin by saying I LOVE Italy with every fibre of my being and nothing, NOTHING! including the infamous hole in the floor squatter would prevent me from travelling here again...yearly if I could. Also that I'm not so finicky- after all, I've used an outhouse in the woods, and I've carried tissue in a bag in a pack and used nary a hairdryer across Northern Spain for a month. But seriously, one must relish the Italian bathrooms as part of the adventure and...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Vicenza..Bellissima

Sept.22 Mamma Mia ! A short fast train ride and we have had 2 days in Vicenza and it is INCREDIBLE! The coolest place ever to visit...we have been immersed in the history of the architectural wonders of this fascinating old Italian city. Vicenza is the origin of one of the most famous architects in Italian history, Andrea Palladio, and the city is full of his marvellous creations: palazzos, villas, cathedrals, and teatro, built in the late 16th century, all laid out in well organized walking tours that we trekked over the 2 days. His Teatro...

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