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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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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 14, 2017 - Up & Down the Curves, Mile High, Dog on a Motorcycle, Last Day

Heather did her early morning 4 miles around the lake today. At breakfast she took some special drink without a name and asked one of the server's what it was...spruce water! Met Branko who informed us the morning would be nice weather, not so nice this afternoon (because Heather washed her hair again!). We first stopped at the town of Kranjska Gora, a ski resort area. Here the homes were more Bavarian style. We went over to the beautiful lake fed by the river that was a very light aqua blue color. We drove up the Julian Alps with all of it...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Best Map of Venice!

Breakfast and met Branko at 9 am for our 3 hour walking tour of Venice with our guide Elane. Venice is made up of 118 small islands connected across the canals of the Ventian Lagoon by 400 canals. The architectural style of the buildings is Venetian Gothic, a mixture of Gothic style with Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Population of Venice is 55,000. Because of tourism, the cost to live on the island is very expensive, many people have moved to the mainland and only work here. Each section of the island has its own square with a well in...

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Sep 4, 2017 - An Interesting Day at the Airport

Metro and train to the airport. Found the correct checkin desk for AItalia. Weighed our carryon bags. Heather's weighed too much so she took stuff out and put it in her backpack. WE get to the security area and get called over to have both our backpack and suitcase. Heather is overweight and she has to go back to the checkin desk and check it. She does some rearranging so she can have some clothes if the bag is delayed. At the gate is a large group of Chinese. They all crowd in front of the gate; we just moved right in with them as if we...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Regata Storico, Venice

We started today off with a bang - a BIG one. I was getting breakfast ready when there was an almighty crash from the bathroom and I rushed in to find Bruce lying in the tub. He'd slipped while taking a shower and he scraped his left side down the metal shower fittings and there was blood in the tub. We had trouble getting him out of there, too, because the sides of the tub were steep and he was a bit stunned. He's certainly bruised his ribs - if not worse - but you know Bruce: no doctor or hospital for him! As the day wore on he was...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 2, 2017 - Onwards to Venice

Bit of a tuff day yesterday with Bruce not doing well at all with the walking around. We wanted to do a test run for the bus we needed to take to the Station the following morning (Roma Termini) which I'm very glad we did because the bus the woman in the information kiosk told us to take did not actually go TO Termini but, rather, we had to get off somewhere en route and walk the difference. We will have LUGGAGE tomorrow! So we were able to take corrective measures and found a better bus for the job. I really wanted to take a taxi, but...

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Italy - Finally!

Jun 29, 2017 - Day 3- Venice

-Venice tour -Dinner Al Covo Day 3: Started with a walking tour around Venice. Then went to get the best pizza in the city, and topped it off gelato. Next we went to Murano to see the glass factory, and ended the day with a nice gondola ride through the canals.

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Jun 14, 2017 - Last days in Venice

Sunday: Today we visited a church of a very different kind - the Peggy Guggenheim Museum devoted to modern art. It is housed in Peggy’s villa on the Grand Canal where she is buried along with fourteen of her beloved dogs. We also heard a short talk about her life and times. Seems like Peggy was quite a gal. Once when asked how many husbands she had had, she replied “Do you mean mine or other peoples’?”. Nevertheless, she collected an impressive amount of art from the mid to late 20th century. We saw Warhol, Dali, Pollock, Picasso plus many...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Venice

Friday: This morning we left by train for Venice. For two people who do not care for big cities, we found Bologna most enjoyable. It is full of interesting places to visit and see and the city centre is easy to get around on foot (forget the Red Bus!). Many parts of the centre are pedestrian areas beautifully covered porticoes and most vehicles are restricted from coming into the old centre. Bicycles are a bit of a hazard - they ride them with great speed and skill at dodging pedestrians. Our apartment at Al Capello Rosso was just off the...

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