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Oct 30, 2018 - The Islands of Burano and Torcello

Well, I guess we really did survive the Venice Flood of 2018!! It was described in the New York Times and other newspapers. We were kept warm and safe by our tour guide. We walked around St Mark's Square as you saw yesterday; had our lunch of pizza in the rising water and were back in our hotel by 1pm. High tide was about 2pm. Our hotel had been newly renovated against flooding; so like I said we were warm and safe!! Today, the sun came out and the waters were calmer so we set out on our water taxi to two nearby islands. The Island of...

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Oct 29, 2018 - Venice, Italy

Venice is the capitol of northern Italy's Veneto region. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals - including the Grand Canal thoroughfare - lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The islands are linked by over 400 bridges. The Central square is Piazza San Marco or Saint Mark's Square. It contains Saint Mark's Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics. The other important structure is the Campanile bell tower that has been there as long as the Basilica. This square...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Day 14 - Day trip to the Dolomites

Chiara recommended that we visit the Dolomites if we had lime while we're away. Today's the day. We had to be up reasonably early so we could walk to meet our driver at Piazzale Roma at 8:30. Surprise, surprise, Riley had left over pasta for breakfast before we got under way. Sarah once again took the tour leader role and made sure we arrived at the meeting point with plenty of time. It's another sunny day however we all dressed in layers as we were told it would be cool up in the mountains. We met our fellow travellers, 2 Australians and...

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Sep 26, 2018 - Day 13 - Venice and walking tour

We have a walking organised for today however it doesn't start until 4:30 so we decided to have a lazy morning. I popped to the supermarket to get the makings for pasta sauce to have when we return from the tour. We still had half the packet of pasta we bought on the farm so didn't need to buy pasta. Both kids decided mushrooms for breakfast might be nice so I bought extras...some for pasta, some for breakfast. I cooked the pasta sauce so we could dish up dinner fairly quickly when we returned from the tour. Brekkie over, we sent off to...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Day 12 - Florence to Venice

Time to pack up for the next leg of our journey. The train to Venice didn't leave until 11:30 and we had until 10:00am to vacate our accommodation so I let the kids sleep late and then we breakfasted and finished packing up before leaving at 10. We were sad to say goodbye to our little apartment. It was very cosy and suited us well. We stopped at the local market in the square not far from the apartment and Riley and I bought a couple of souvenirs from a local craftsman. We were both happy with our purchases. We made sure our journey took...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Verona

Over the bridge in Venice and onto the train and there was Antonio waiting for us with our bus to go on to our last destination, Stresa. But…. First we would make a stop in Verona, as we continued to head north to the lakes region of Italy. Verona is the location of Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet. And the town of Verona definitely takes advantage of that from a tourist perspective. There is Juliet’s house and the balcony where she stood and a bronze statue of her in the courtyard of her home under the balcony. Of course, you do...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Venice or Venezia

Our full day in Venice was EXTREMELY full. We gathered early in the lobby of our hotel after breakfast and then headed to our personal water taxi for a trip to Murano Island. It was quite foggy that morning, but in its own way, it made the trip more enchanting. Murano Island is known for glass blowing. After a demonstration, we were shown some of the studio’s signature pieces and then browsed the showroom. Many of the tea and coffee sets included gold as part of the glass and were just beautiful. I did see a very modern blown glass burro...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Venice Day 2

After a good nights sleep, we slept in and almost missed breakfast. Our plans for today included a three hour walking tour, followed by a water taxi tour of many of the canals around Venice. Cathy arranged the tour, and it was wonderful. Our tour guide was absolutely delightful. She showed us many historical places, and history here means many centuries . We had a pistachio gelato this afternoon, which apparently is the best anywhere. It was indeed delicious. Tom and I ventured back to the hotel to escape the mid-afternoon heat; you can...

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Sep 9, 2018 - First day in Italy

We flew from Toronto to Venice, Italy last night. It was an eight hour flight overnight, and we hardly slept a wink. We are traveling with Glenna’s sister Cathy and her husband Chris, and friends Liz and Tom. We took several exploratory walks to get our bearings straight and plan for tomorrow’s sightseeing. We are staying at Hotel Ala, which is a short walk from Saint Marco Square. It is a nice hotel. We really enjoyed our walks. What a neat city. No cars or bicycles, just walking or boat taxis. The city is made up of 181 islands of...

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Aug 22, 2018 - Full day in Venice

Dear all, Well Monday morning dawned too early but rather bright. Off early again through the narrow cobblestone streets to the lagoon then on to a boat to go to the Murano Island to watch the glass blowing. I am always fascinated by their technic and skill. Soon the master was blowing a piece of hot molten into a vase with decoration and handles. Then he made a horse by pullin the molten blob in shape. Of course we were led into to show and sales room. The water glasses, jugs, animals and anything else you can think of was displayed and...

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Our Big Trip

Aug 21, 2018 - 19/20 August

Dear all, Well a day has passed since I started this blog. Travelling is such hard work! We always seem to be in and out of the coach or doing a walking tour. The problem is that I am not loosing weight as my feet and legs are caring lots of fluid. Will need a couple of days of feet up when we get back. No use going on about it. We drove from Vienna it Venice on Sunday. It was a beautiful drive of mountains, hills with villages in the valleys and as we got closer to Venice there were vineyards on the hills. We got into Venice about 5pm and...

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Our Big Trip

Aug 10, 2018 - Burano

Monday 6 August Having completed some another trip for fuel and some provisioning we set off in the afternoon for Burano. It was a bit a hard slog as we are pretty certain the growth hasn’t “fallen” off the hull and that the prop is fouled. On the way we saw a fuelling station – trying to get close to it to see the price we spectacularly ran aground. We weren’t moving. Thankfully two guys in a powerful rib saw our dilemma and got us off the mud/weed. Ever so grateful. Even though it was a rising tide (a couple of feet) we’re sure it...

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our 2018 adventure

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