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  • Day17

    Day 17 - Last Day in Venice

    September 26, 2017 in Italy

    Another awesome day of alley wandering and great food. The highlight was definitely the Row Venice gondola ride - 90 minutes of riding and rowing through the Venice canals. The best way to see Venice is absolutely from the water. Sad to leave tomorrow, we could easily stay here another week.

  • Day15

    Day 15 - Venice - Welcome to Italy!

    September 24, 2017 in Italy

    We are already in love with Venice! While we were sad to leave Spain this morning, we are so happy and excited to be in Italy. We had a smooth, short flight this afternoon and then took the Alilaguna (water ferry) directly from the airport to Venice. We met our lovely host at our Airbnb and she walked us through the basics of our amazing, romantic apartment and some recommendations for our three night stay in Venice. She didn't speak much English, but we got by with as much as we could. Then we set off for a night of exploring. We brought no map or GPS and decided to just get lost in the alleys for hours. We went back to our apartment to grab one of the dinner recommendations and set off for an amazing first meal in Italy - a first course of pasta with meat sauce for me and pasta with clams for Tim, second course of grilled fish and grilled veggies for both of us (all with a bottle of red wine), finished off with tiramisu to split, coffee with Baileys for Tim and decaf with Amaretto for me! Then we continued walking through the beautiful city. After wandering through alleys and over canals, we somehow managed to find our way home. We had to do a little bit of dancing to the "love songs" CD that our host left for us, and now we are ready for bed!!Read more

  • Day16

    Day 16 - Venice - Best Day Ever!

    September 25, 2017 in Italy

    Venice is awesome. Since our Airbnb host is so great, she left us with so much food that we didn't have to venture out first thing for breakfast and coffee. We were able to work out and eat toast with jam, fresh fruit, and coffee without leaving the house. After a late start, we set off for a do-it-yourself walking tour of Venice (which also included lunch of an amazing shared pizza and salad). We hit most of the main spots in just a few hours. We wandered through the touristy San Marco's area, seeing the San Marco plaza and its famous basilica, clock and tower. We went to the top of the tower to get beautiful 360 degree panoramic views of Venice and the surrounding islands. Then we ventured to the next spot on our list - one of the oldest bookstores/libraries in the world. It turns out we had actually ended up in here hours earlier, not knowing what it was. After that, we went over to the famous Rialto bridge.

    The San Marco tourist area that makes up most of these top attractions is cool, but jam packed with people. It made us so happy that we are staying in the Cannaregio neighborhood. We are about a 10 minute walk from everywhere on the island. But our neighborhood is quiet and empty and full of local spots instead of tourist traps. We are able to wander the alleys and bridges for hours, barely seeing anyone.

    After the busy Rialto bridge, we headed home to relax and get ready for dinner. We found a great local restaurant on Yelp and walked the few blocks to get there early for a table. Good thing we did, because if was full about 5 minutes later. Dinner was amazing - grilled scallop appetizer, first course of black ravioli stuffed with ricotta and sea bass for me and scallop spaghetti for Tim, then we split the fish of the day special (7 different kinds of fish and shellfish). No room for dessert this time!!

    Finally, we came home and drank the Prosecco left for us by our host and played several games of Chess and Checkers! So fun! Goodnight!!
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  • Day75

    Yes, Venice is sinking!

    August 31, 2017 in Italy

    As you travel on the canals you can see where the original doors are now underwater at the bottom and rotting, some church tower's no longer straight but on an angle and balconies are sloping. They are trying to address the enormous problem but just a little daunting.

  • Day8

    Venice' 3rd day

    September 15, 2017

    We had a free day in Venice today. We found the Palace Grassi (Linda's maiden name)! There was an art exhibition being held there today.
    We also saw a view which is reminiscent of the painting in our living room (with the blue covered gondolas). Linda also bought me a Maserati and I bought her a new sweater. Fair enough.

  • Day72

    Getting to know Venice

    August 28, 2017 in Italy

    After breakfast we walked around getting an idea of the layout- winding canals and so, so many bridges. In the afternoon we did a walking tour which included a visit inside St Mark's (San Marcus) square and Basilica. The entire multi domed ceiling is tiled with Venician glass depicting both the Old & New Testaments. A lot of gold! It is unbelievable. Unfortunately we couldn't take photos inside. After the tour & leaving from the beautiful Rialto Bridge, we had a boat ride down the Grand Canal and some of the smaller ones. Wonderful day but very hot and a storm is now brewing.Read more

  • Day75

    Murano & Burano

    August 31, 2017 in Italy

    Yesterday we took a boat trip out to both Murano & Burano Islands. Murano is where the Venician glass is made (blown ) and Burano where the hand made lace is made. The lace is beautiful and to watch the ladies sit and do the very fine needle work was fascinating. I was in awe of their needle skills. All the houses an the islands (with lots of little canals) are painted different colours. We only had a short time on Burano so we took a second trip back today on the water bus.Read more

  • Day192

    Treviso

    January 4, 2017 in Italy

    Treviso is a city just 30km north of Venice and had two free stopovers. We decided to stay a few days before tackling Venice.

    As many of you will know it is customary for campervan drivers to wave to each other as they pass on the road. We'd been doing this in every country we'd been to so far and had continued after we crossed the Italian border, only to be met by stony stares or just blanked. We thought we'd persist today just in case we'd been encountering particularly grumpy drivers, but we got the same response (or lack of one) and came to the conclusion that Italian drivers do not wave. This may be in part due to the complicated junctions and roundabouts they have to navigate. The road systems seem very contrived and we've found we need to concentrate hard to avoid ending up in a lane we shouldn't be in. To add a little extra confusion, we've gone from a flashing amber light meaning the traffic signals were about to change to red in Austria, to it being a general 'caution' signal in Italy. Luckily, with one of us driving and the other 'co-piloting' we make a good team and haven't got into trouble (yet!).

    The land remained flat and the straight roads were lined with hundreds of mature trees. We crossed countless canals of varying size, from ones you could have fitted a container ship in, to the drainage ditches that followed the line of the road. We even saw two creatures that looked like otters, tucking in to something on the bank of a ditch.

    We needed to top up on food and had been keeping our eyes open for a supermarket with car park. Despite seeing adverts for Lidl and Spar, we didn't see any out of town supermarkets, but were happy to be able to park on a high street and use a smaller store. It may be that the lack of large supermarkets reflects the Italian food culture- valuing quality, locality and savouring the experience perhaps more than other cultures who place convenience higher on their list of priorities. We purchased a few bottles of Anno Domini wine before discovering this vegan and organic vinyard was just 5 minutes down the road!

    Treviso had a train station 2 miles away from the van, so we took a walk in, mostly along the riverside. The level was high, the flow fast and the little birds were having to work hard against the current. We saw a Little Egret standing on the bank just a couple of metres away from us. The majority of birds were either swans, ducks or Coots but further up we saw some Little Grebes diving. The visibility was clear enough for us to watch them swimming underwater, their huge webbed feet spanning out and propelling them forward. We stood a while to observe the hydro electric lock being mechanically cleared of weed.

    The area we walked through to get to the station was mixed. There were severel derelict buildings, extensive graffiti and bad air pollution in parts, but others were neatly kept with christmas decorations and even a display of young people's photography on boards along the riverside. We'd considered getting the train in to Venice from here but the travelling time would mean we'd have to leave Poppy for too long so we abandoned the idea.

    The next day we used the Maps.Me app to navigate to Treviso's historical centre which had and was undergoing a lot of work to spruce it up. We loved the higgeldy piggeldy large cobble stone pavements that had been worn smooth and shiny by so many shoes. We'd hoped to find a place to eat or takeaway some Tiramisù because Treviso is the town it was invented in back in the 1960s. Strangely there were very few places with it on their menu boards and the one place we tried told us they were closed. We resorted to getting a couple of pots at the supermarket that Will declared were delicious!

    We did have a treat on the way back though! As we walked over a bridge we looked down at an island underneath and saw what we'd earlier thought might be otters but on closer inspection turned out to be Coypu! Large beaver type creatures but with a round instead of a flat tail. There was a mother and 6 babies.

    As darkness fell fireworks were set off and around 10pm we heard what sounded like organ music drifting through the air to celebrate the coming of Epiphany.
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  • Day7

    Second Day in Venice

    September 14, 2017 in Italy

    We toured the Doge's Palace and St Mark's cathedral this morning and had a boat tour of the city this evening. First shot is of a canal off the Grand Canal at sunset.
    Second shows the neighborhood in which we are staying. These are followed by some pictures from the Doge's Palace and a random interesting door along the way. Lots of walking in Venice. It's a target rich environment for pics.

  • Day298

    Camping Village Venezia, Venice

    April 20, 2017 in Italy

    Will had been dreading visiting Venice ever since we entered Italy back in late December. We almost made it in January but had to call it off at the last moment because Vicky wasn't well. As it stood, this famous island city was the last on our route before we moved on to Slovenia.

    For €24 we booked into the Camping Village Venezia site, one of many within 7km of the city centre. We'd planned to cycle in but when we asked reception they told us it was a dangerous route and it would be better to get the direct bus for €3 return, details of which were on the map they presented us with.

    Having bought our tickets at the site, we boarded one of the frequent buses and before we knew it we'd been driven over the sea on the long low bridge and were in Venice city centre! As we scaled the shallow steps of the gleaming white stone bridge and came to its crest, the view revealed was breathtaking. The waves stirred up by the relentless activity on the wide Canal Grande glistened in the sun. Plush black gondolas, sleek wooden speedboats, water taxis and larger tour boats zipped back and forth and forged ahead at a speed so much faster than seemed safe given how close they came to each other.

    If the waterways were busy, the streets were even more so. In Venice waterways replace roads so the only two ways of travelling are by boat or on foot. Consequently there were porter trolleys carrying suitcases or shop deliveries being pushed amongst the awestruck tourists who were wandering or sticking the metal pole of a selfie stick out into the thoroughfare.

    We found the delightful narrow backstreets were less busy and some shops sold genuine handmade items such as the lace shop displaying baby booties, tablecloths, camisoles and coasters. We discovered the quality of ice cream was good too, with surprisingly tasty scoops of turmeric, rose, tiramisu and ginger.

    In contrast to Canal Grande, the small link canals were quiet and enchanting. Houses rose right out of the water and they were criss crossed with little arched stone or wrought iron bridges from where you could smell the sea that flowed underneath. Looking down from one of these we were surprised by the speed of water as it eddied around stone and wooden bollards.

    It was difficult to find a route from one place to another because many of the pavements led to houses but not alongside them, meaning we were frequently doubling back on ourselves when we hit the dead ends.

    We finally reached Piazza San Marco with its stunning basilica of the same name. We waited in line for quite a while and were taken in an elevator to the viewing platform of the 99m high tower. For us, part of the fun is being able to climb so we were a bit disappointed there weren't stairs. However, the view from the top was a good one, if a little chilly in the wind. We looked out over the sea to a few islands that seemed very angular due to the fact they were so built up. It was odd that due to the height of the buildings, we couldn't see a single canal, despite knowing there were dozens down below.

    The queue for the basilica was shorter. It was one of the most 'over the top' buildings we've encountered on our travels. Outside clusters of pillars supported five intricately carved arches, topped by semicircles of golden mosaics, delicate steeples and statues. Inside, the gold theme continued with the complete upper floor and ceiling covered in it. The floor was decorated in ornate coloured marble designs. It was a large building with few windows so there was little light, making it seem a rather oppressive despite the opulence.

    On our way back to the bus station we walked through the fish market area. The stalls themselves had been packed up for the day but the clear space allowed Will to see a gondola moored up at the canalside. The fancy gondolas that offered tours of the city cost €80 a time- a little on the expensive side! This however, was one of the trabocchi, basic service gondolas ferrying people from one side of the canal to the other. €2 each for visitors and 70 cents for residents. We were only on there for about 3 minutes, but it proved to be the highlight of Will's day! It was something real and useful, not for show like so many of Venice's attractions.

    Back at the Camping Village Vicky was walking over to inspect the showers when she heard someone calling her name. It was fellow travellers the Grey Gappers, whom we'd met on Sicily. We knew from their blog they were in Slovenia and after a few messages back and forth we'd discovered they were going to be in Venice at the same time as us at a site just a few kms away. We invited them to meet up for a gelato but ran out of connection before hearing back. It was a brilliant surprise to find they'd changed their site plans and we caught up on the last month or so over drinks.

    Later, Vicky took advantage of the handwashing facilities and we each used the site showers. The quality of showers at a site makes a big difference and these were better than the one we left behind at our house, with good heat and pressure, a properly separated section for changing and no push button taps - a real treat!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Venezia, Venedig, Venice, Venecia, Venise, Venezia, Veneza

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