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    • Day 14

      9. Venice ll - canals & tourism

      June 8 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      As you probably know, Venice’s unique charm lies in its winding canals, gondolas, bridges & eclectic architecture. Known as "the floating city", it is best known for having no roads, with buildings built directly on/in the water. Due to rising sea levels and the weight of its buildings, some scientists claim that it will completely sink by 2100.

      Venice joined the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1987 as an "extraordinary architectural masterpiece". However exploding volumes of tourism, (with over 30 mil visitors last year, and roughly 90% of them day trippers), have left UNESCO just shy of adding it to the list of "heritage sites in danger". Venice is exploring ways to reduce tourism - currently it is imposing a small tariff on day trippers who do not stay in Venice overnight. Not sure this will do much good.
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    • Day 5

      Venice and the reunion

      January 18 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Today was the day! We hopped up, went down to brekkie and then we did our final clean up and pack to go to Venice! Our train was scheduled to leave at 10:22am and we got there at around 10:15. When we got there, we could not find where we were supposed to go at all. We asked around and eventually a security guard told us where to go. At this point it was 10:20 and he said we wouldn’t make it. We RAN as fast as we could and when we thought to give up, we saw the train still there and somehow we managed to get on. We got an announcement on the train saying there was an electrical issue or something which is why it was delayed. Never. Again. Anyway 6 hours on a train later and we arrived in Venice! Now this whole time I had Sarah believing that Alice was arriving around an hour after we’d arrive. (Dear reader - she was already at our air bnb) I also had Sarah believing that my mum wanted a whole bunch of videos of the air bnb to see what it looked like (just an excuse to record the reaction hehe) anyway we got one more train which got us into walking distance of the air bnb. When we got there we explored the place, and I very subtly tried to get Sarah to go into the bathroom. She thought the door to the bathroom might have been where our hosts were living so she didn’t want to open the door. I convinced her to open the door to which she saw a random person in the bathtub with the lights off - she absolutely thought it was the air bnb host - after turning on the lights she realised! Most gullible award goes to Sarah. After the reunion, we wandered the streets of Venice and had some dinner! Then back to the bnb zzzzzRead more

    • Day 71


      July 12, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Just when we thought we had decided on the highlight of our trip - along comes Venice. Wow!!!

      What a great day. We arrived in Venice around 2:30pm, were taken to our hotel by water taxi, then after a short explore, went by water taxi along the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and stopped at Piazza San Marco. Then it was back on the boat to the hotel, before a great dinner - pasta and wine.Read more

    • Day 32

      Une parenthèse en Italie

      July 5, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Buongiorno ! J'ai quitté la Slovénie hier, je suis maintenant à l'aéroport de Venise et je serai à Zurich ce soir ! Petit constat de Venise, c'est comme le Santorini de l'Italie...En gros, tout est très cher, bondé de monde, c'est beau......mais il y a vraiment des endroits plus beaux et plus plaisants que ça en Italie. Disons que je préfère nettement les endroits plus nature, avec moins de foule et où tous les coins de rue ne sont pas des attrapes touristes avec des stands de bébelles à vendre.

      Je me lèverai dans la nuit pour prendre mon vol à 6h25 en direction de Biarritz pour aller voir mon amie Audrey que ça fait 5 ans que je n'ai pas vue 🥰🥳 Voici quand même quelques photos de mon p'tit arrêt à Venise !

      PS.: Gab et Mimi, vos carbonaras sont NETTEMENT meilleures que celles que j'ai mangé ici. Papa & maman, vous donnerez votre recette de sauce à spag au chef ! 😅
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    • Day 121


      July 16, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      After a slight sleep in, the four of us headed out to explore Venice the right way, on foot!

      We made our way to the main tourist attractions, absorbing the incredible architecture and canals that make Venice so iconic (we took way too many photos of the cool streets and architecture!) We walked across the Rialto Bridge and made our way to St Marks Square, where we decided to go up the bell tower.

      The temperature was pushing 40 degrees and so the incredible view together with the breeze was just what we needed! We took our time taking in the different view and spotting all the islands in the distance.

      We made our way back down where we walked along the grand canal, passing by the Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We continued around the outskirts of Venice, walking past a naval college and enjoying the peaceful serenity of being away from the bustling tourist spots.

      We continued back to the centre to get our daily gelato - mango and grapefruit for Daniel and lemon and cookies for Gab - before going on a gondola ride! We really enjoyed taking in the sights of Venice from the water and got to explore the smaller canals as well as the main canal. This was quite an expensive activity (glad we were sharing it between 4 of us) but "When in Venice!" We really enjoyed it (but our poor gondolier was definitely feeling the 40 degree heat!)

      By this point, we were all very hot and so we decided to head back to the Airbnb to enjoy the aircon for a night of food, drinks and card and phone games. Gab and Nicky especially enjoyed cheap Aperols from the supermarket (5 euros for the whole bottle of aperol and 2 euros for the prosecco!)
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    • Day 2

      Arriviamo a venezia

      August 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      After another technical issue (computers this time) we finally leave Chicago - 4+ hours late. Stretch out on seats and fitfully sleep for most of 8 hours. Easily slide through security and hop on the slow bus to Venice. Find our hotel, shower and out to explore the city. Give up any hope of knowing where we are going but manage to get to San Marco, drink Aperol spritzes, have a nice dinner and eat gelato. Pretty successful 7 hours of touring.Read more

    • Day 1

      First steps

      October 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Dieses Gefühl, um diese Wasserstadt in Worte zu fassen ist schier unmöglich. Wo sonst gedanklich Straßen entlang laufen würden, schwappt hier das Wasser entlang der Gassen und Häuser.

      Die einzigen Fortbewegungsmöglichkeiten sind zu Fuß oder per Boot.Read more

    • Day 8

      Murano und Burano

      March 23 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Puuh, was für eine Odyssee… wir dachten… heute mal Inselhopping und hauptsächlich Vaporetto fahren, also können wir die Hunde mitnehmen… bis Murano dauerte auch schon ganz schön lange, aber ging noch ganz gut. Die Insel ist bekannt für ihre Glasbläserkunst, ist aber sonst nicht besonders hübsch. Nach einer Stärkung weiter nach Burano, ging auch noch.
      Dort ist es ja hübsch, aber nur noch Geschiebe und dann begann die Rückreise mit 1 Std Anstehen für das Vaporetto. Mit dem direkten nach San Marco kamen wir nicht mehr mit, das nächste fuhr nur bis Punto Sabbioni. Dort aber gsd mit Schnell laufen direkt das nächste bekommen. Am Marcusplatz dann ins nächste und dann gaaaaanz knapp die Linie zum CP, die nur stündlich fährt…
      Morgen fahren wir weiter… Venedig nur noch während einer Pandemie 😷
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    • Day 2

      Das Wetter ist besser geworden

      March 28 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Es hat heute bis 14Uhr geregnet und endlich können wir ohne Regenschirm spazieren gehen. Das war auch lustig mit der Regenschuhe. Jayce hat wie immer sehr gut mitgemacht. Heute war auch das erste Mal für uns mit dem Taxi auf dem Wasser. Viele Energie verbraucht aber viele Spaß haben wir auch
      P/s: mit dem Kinderwagen hat man kein Spaß wenn man die Brücken durchgehen?!?!
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    • Day 61

      Another church, another St Peter

      May 16, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

      Second stop was Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Friary, that huge brick church famous for two Titian paintings and Titian’s burial place which is a very big marble memorial. There’s just too much to describe but first of all I have to say that as much as I love old European churches with their contrasts of complete simplicity or totally over-the-top bling, I really don’t love religious paintings regardless of famous painters. But there was enough bling to keep me happy and a once-over of the very large paintings was enough.

      It’s still a working church with ornate side chapels, but some are simple too including the chapel for St Peter which had frescos discovered in 1990 having been covered up for about 500 years. And we saw St Peter again (there is a theme to this) in an altar piece, he’s second from the left in the painting. The main altar painting is by Titian, beautiful, surrounded by stained glass. The church was very quiet, everyone spoke in whispers. There were burials in the floor and the tombstones were wearing very smooth from centuries of footsteps.

      They had a video playing about the restoration of some of the pieces and you could look out onto the cloisters, a very peaceful grassed area with a few flowers, marble columns.

      It was raining again when we left so we shot into the closest restaurant for lunch, spoiling ourselves again, found ourselves in Taverna de Baffo with low lights, lots of wine bottles around the walls, musical instruments. Who was Baffo? We had to google him and found that he was:
      ‘The author of a corpus of over 1200 poems in Venetian. Despite being the author of a not small number of works against the corruption of his city, above all of the clergy, and on philosophical themes, Baffo remains known above all for his licentious compositions. One comment said he was ‘the greatest erotic poet ever, and at the same time, one of the greatest lyric poets’.
      Interesting man by the looks of it. And the food was good too, emphasis on seafood so I had scallops gratin with grilled vegetables and Pete had seafood pasta………and a Bellini too, just because we could (again). They had Sam Smith playing in the background, I like his music.

      We were aiming for the Mocenigo museum which looked to be a perfume and costume museum but wasn’t quite as expected…, however it was interesting to see all the rooms with silk-hung walls, great swathes of silk drapes, painted ceiling beams, period furniture and china. The floors were all terrazzo, I think it’s quite ugly but it’s everywhere in Italy, old and new. There’s a room devoted to the Mocenigo family archives, 205 bound volumes dating back to the 11th century and much of their contents haven’t yet been studied. There were some costumes within the exhibits, and a room with several dozen embroidered waistcoats on display, but not as much as I’d hoped to see.

      We were interested in a video about the perfume industry in Venice and this sums it up, quite amusing in parts… - people who smelled good were a bit suspicious a few centuries ago it seems. Soap was developed in Venice but stolen away by Marseille in the 16th century. There was a display of perfume ‘fixatives’, different smell combinations and one room had dried flowers and herbs on platters, what a delicious smell. Other displays were of perfume bottles, some of them so tiny including the blue bottle attached, it was less than 2cm tall.

      Of course at the end there was the usual ‘exit through the shop’ and several testers of expensive perfumes, I had a couple of sprays of one called something like Essence of Venice (can’t remember exactly), I liked it but it was stronger than I’d realised and I walked around with quite a waft of it following me.

      Pete’s knee was a bit tender and the rain persisted so we got a vaporetto to Rialto and walked back to the hotel – going past the Bank of Italia I noticed the guard with a rather large gun, no robberies going to happen there. The evening was very quiet, we binged the latest series of ‘Endeavour’ in front of a takeaway pizza from along the street, nice and relaxed. Actually I'm craving chicken or tomato soup and toast, I know what I'll be eating when we get home, that and marmite toast.
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