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  • Day83

    Venice (Venezia)

    August 28, 2017 in Italy

    We arrived in Venice Sunday evening and saw a little of this amazing place. Today we did the "Best of Venice" tour to get to know more. It was a very good tour that explained how Venice as we know it today evolved (too much information to include here and I don't want to lose you as followers 😉). We were taken through St. Mark’s Basilica in San Marco Piazza, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics - no photos allowed - and then walked through the many pedestrian roads to the famous Rialto Bridge where a water taxi drove around the canals, as well as the Grand Canal, for an hour. Fantastic!Read more

  • Day84

    Venice - Doge's Palace

    August 29, 2017 in Italy

    The Doge's Palace, on San Marco Square, was the residence of the Doge (the ruler of Venice) and also housed the political bodies of the state, including the Great Council (Maggior Consiglio) and the Council of Ten as well as prisons. Doge's Palace is now a museum. It was originally built in the 9th Century, but after fires and rebuilding, it became the beautiful Venetian Gothic building that stands today. We got the private "secret itineraries" tour which allowed us into rooms and parts of the prison not accessible to the general public, including a torture chamber and a secret passage into the Hall of the Council of Ten (cleverly disguised as a wardrobe in the room). Additional prison cells were located across the canal in the Prigioni Nuove (New Prisons), which were built in the late 16th century, and connected to the palace via the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri).Read more

  • Day18

    Visite des iles de Venise!!!
    Murano et son art du verre.
    Burano et ses maisons de pêcheur toutes plus colorées les unes que les autres
    Torcello qui fut l'île concurrente de Venise et qui ne compte plus que 15 habitants à ce jour.
    Une journée au rythme du vaporetto.

  • Day37

    Certaldo to Venice

    October 2, 2017 in Italy

    We said goodbye to Glen and Jeff today - they were leaving to fly from Bologna to Paris to catch a flight back to Australia - and we were heading off to Venice. I had calculated that we would have time to stop in Padova for a few hours, but that didn't quite work out.

    We did get to redeem the horrible Autogrill experience we had on our trip back from Cinque Terre and managed to find a gigantic Autogrill. We had read a review where the lady was waxing lyrical about how great the Autogrills were (giant roadside restaurants/fuel stop). We only stopped for fuel and the loo, but the food at least looked edible this time around.

    We spent a good chunk of the journey designing out new front yard and fancy chicken coop with room for 5 chickens that we are going to build when we get back home, including the yabbie breeding pond, the productive garden and research on some grape vines. Short of getting a goat, I think we have just managed to channel Tom and Barbara from The Good Life (1970s British comedy for the youngsters). We don't have a "Margo" living next door, which will be helpful to the construction ideas coming to fruition.

    Once we got across the bridge to Venice itself, we parked the car. Having rationed our gear into a backpack and our day packs, we decided to ditch the idea of spending a fortune on the vaporetto, and walked the 30 minutes to our new AirBnB accommodation. It was an easy walk and given we will do the same to get back to the car, we have also saved ourselves €60. Bargain!

    We ditched the gear and headed straight out for a walk along Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo which starts pretty much just outside our accommodation. Our front gate adjoins a lane next to a gate onto the campus of Università Ca' Foscari so we had a bit of a short cut through to get to the water.
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  • Day1

    Getting to Florence (:

    May 26, 2017 in Italy

    Somewhere in the sky, we decided to forego spending time in Venice and instead head straight to Florence after landing.

    To get there, we took a bus (5 euro pp) to get from the airport to Venezia Santa Lucia railway station (Venice island), and then a high speed train (50 euro pp, up to 300 km/hr) to get to Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station (Florence).

    I love train rides. 😍😍
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  • Day10

    Venice part 2

    December 30, 2017 in Italy

    Another glorious day in Venice (after a surprisingly easy car rental return but not so easy task of finding a place to stash bags😋). Today we only logged 6.5 miles. 😉 We went to the last two districts we had not visited yet. Cannaregio is in the northern part of the city and has wide canals, even wider streets and few tourists. Eventually the streets and canals got narrow and we found ourselves in Castello where churches, bridges, postcard canals and dead ends abound. We went through the military “arsenale” and stopped for pizza, cheese, salame, gelato, crepes and cappuccinos as often as we could. Castello is at the far eastern end of Venice. The boardwalk there on the Grand Canal is huge. It also boasts the widest street in Venice. At this point we parted ways. The kids went shopping and filmed some crazy funny videos. It was so awesome to see them laughing really hard and walking down streets with their arms linked. Donn and I stumbled across an old arboretum turned cafe and had mojitos and this orange wine spritzer I've been seeing everywhere. We hung out there for an hour and got WiFi 😀 It was freezing outside! After watching the sunset we caught the water bus back to the station. The 45 minutes through the entire Grande Canal at night is not something I'll not soon forget. It was like being in a huge Disneyland with lights and bridges and little brick roads. My camera could not capture the coolness of it. Blessed and we know it! We will awake in Bettina land😀Read more

  • Day17

    Finding our way through Venice

    July 22, 2017 in Italy

    Watch out for lost tourists walking while looking at a map and suddently out of no where stopping and making a turn. And make sure not to be one of those annoying tourists! I can proudly tell that we didn't get all lost today, and we did all the sights we had in mind. Including Tiramisu at a cafe and picnic in a park! (Yes, there is a park in Venice).
    Furthermore this was without any doubt the beginning of my cultural education; starting with architechture from different influences and different eras. Who would guess I should be able to recognise a byzantic church?
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  • Day6

    Venice

    November 18, 2016 in Italy

    Being close to venice, it started to get necessary to visit venice. So we did - tonight.. Maybe a relatively good time of the year - Momentarely are not too many tourists.
    And yes, it is a really pretty town!

  • Day146

    Venice

    August 14, 2015 in Italy

    Its an early start as we check out of Verona and set off for Venice... Everyone (except Travis) has sore bellies (Sukis theory is that everyone has O.D'ed on wine and cheese) and is a little cranky from the travelling. The boys and the girls split up: the boys take the car back to the airport and the girls check in to the accommodation. The accommodation is a gorgeous little apartment right in the heart of Venice so we are back on track! Once everyone is reunited we explore Venice, a spot of shopping, picking up some lovely Murano glass pieces and most importantly hit Happy Hour- 5euro spritzers with a free canape buffet! Everyone is happy :-) We end the evening sitting on the pier drinking red wine and whiskey out of plastic cups and chatting the night away... Its our last night with James and Steph and we have had an awesome time :-)

    The next morning we say goodbye to James and Steph as they set off for their morning flight. We spend our last day in Venice on Burano island- its a 40min ferry ride over to the quaint little island, well known for its picturesque colourful houses and lovely lace related items. The vibe is very relaxing- very difference to Venice and was definitely worth the trip over.

    We head out to Treviso for our last night in Italy, in preparation for our early morning flight tomorrow.. next stop Parree! (Paris)
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