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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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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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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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Aug 7, 2018 - More Venice

Friday 27 – Sunday 5 August Have spent time exploring Venice – it’s great. Also completing vital maintenance – the elbow is proving tricky – no matter how much welding he completes there’s still some little holes which is not good. After two days the elbow is back in and there are still some little holes in it but at least it’s not leaking water. We’ve made some interesting discoveries whilst on the marina – we have all sorts of growth attaching itself to the hull – some weed as long as a metre has grown. Relatively easy to get off if you...

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Aug 2, 2018 - Wonderful Venice

Thursday 5 – Monday 9 July Spent time wandering around Venice – each day a different quarter. Each quarter has it’s own appeal architecturally and atmospherically. We’ve had some pretty impressive thunderstorms most evenings. The days have been really hot and very little if any wind – very tiring. It’s a bit of a trek to the vaporetto station but at least there is a bar to enjoy either a cold beer or campari spritzer in the shade on the way to or back to the pontoon. As we have a fair bit of maintenance like changing oil filters etc to...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Day 6 St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is in Venice. Inside the church the ceilings are covered with golden mosiacs. In order to preserve the gold, the artist coverd glass tiles with 24ct gold and then added another layer of glass over it. To add color to the mosiacs, they used different color marble and glass. After admiring the beautiful artwork, we climbed a narrow staircase to the roof for wonderful view of the square.

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Jul 22, 2018 - Day 7 Verona

I wasn’t excited about going to Verona but found it quite interesting. Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet was based on two real feuding families in Verona-the Montegues and the Capulatis. We visited Juliet’s balony at the Capulati home. The baloney overlooks a small courtyard. The town is a medival town that dates back to the 14th century. It still has most of the wall that surrounded the town for protection.

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Jul 22, 2018 - Day 6 Murano Burano and Lido

Our tour guide arranged a tour of the Murano factory. Murano has been the glass of royalty for centuries. The glassware they created was amazing. Next, we were taken to Burano. It is a fishing village that is famous for it’s colorfully painted houses. For the 2 days we were in Venice, we stayed on the island of Lido. Not many tourists, so it was quiet and relaxing. The hotel that we stayed in very unique. Built in 1910, it has been serving visitors continuosly.

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Jul 21, 2018 - Day 6 Venice The smaller canals

Running off the Grand Canal are hundreds of small canals. Some only wide enough for 2 small boats to pass each other. We took a gondola ride through some of these small canals. One of the bridges we passed under was The Bridge of Sighs. The Bridge of Sighs connected the government palace to the prison. If you were convicted a a crime, you crossed over the Bridge of Sighs to the prison. It is said that convicted would sigh as they saw Venice one last time. There were a lot of homes that families still use as their primary residence on the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Day 6 Venice-The Grand Canal

Venice made up of a series of islands. To get from place to place, you need a boat. We took a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal when we first arrived. Then Grand Canal is the widest of the canals. It runs between the islands of Venice. There are many beautiful buildings to see- businesses, government and churches

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