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    • Day 24

      Susan Weiss in Venice

      June 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Susan Weiss was French but moved to Italy and was a photographer while her husband was a painter. She made this big exhibition with all of her and some of his work when she was quite old so has since passed but sara and I loved it a lot. She travelled a lot for her work to do shoots for magazines and brands, but in the documentary of her, she said she had most fun photographing more candid moments🤗
      I’ve put a few in here as well as the street we walked down to get out from our accomodation, another picture of the green croissant, some views of the gallery which was so pretty in itself and a sneaky selfie in the bathroom, just for your enjoyment :))
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    • Day 26

      Day 25 Murano and Burano islands Venice

      September 24, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We had an interesting morning with the shower today. Trisha was first and there was so much crashing and banging that I wondered if I needed to go in and rescue her. She was wondering the same thing when having difficulty opening the shower door for her to get out. After being forewarned I tried lifting it while opening which worked ok. It is a tiny shower with a shower head that sort of goes sideways. We will be looking forward to something better at our next place.

      We walked for a bit and then got on a water taxi that took us directly to Murano. I think Trish thought she had died and gone to heaven. We did a glass blowing demonstration to start with which was great. Then a visit to that shop, and then to another glass shop, and then to another glass shop, and then to another glass shop, you get the picture? At some stage we stopped for some food at a lovely place beside the water. Trisha bought a wrap which was 7 euros, but because we ate that sitting down there was a cover charge of 2 euros each. The toilet was good though lol. Then we visited around 20 to 30 more glass shops, and each of us bought a few pieces. As I have metal walls in my house I was targeting cute magnetic pieces, while Trish got some jewelry.

      Then we joined a rather long line for the water taxi to Burano. Trish held the place in line while talking to an extremely talkative Belgian guy who was practising his English while I had various seating places while the line moved. It was a pretty long taxi ride there and we were pleased we had seats as a lot of people had to stand.

      Burano is such a pretty little town with the lovely painted houses. We also really enjoyed the shops there. Still more glass, but also lace shops and lots of lovely linen clothing. We were probably there for around 2.5 hours just meandering around and taking pics. We then stopped for a snack and Trish had an Aperol spritz which has become her drink of choice.

      The queue to get back was even more crazy. We were all in an orderly lane before going through a turnstile. And then the corridor widened a bit, and lots of people jumped the queue. So there were about 8 people wide in this enclosed area, and then they opened the gate for people to advance towards the boat coming in. Everyone just pushed at the same time to get through the 2 people wide gate. Trisha was squashed up against the barrier and it was pretty unpleasant. But, we did manage to get a seat in the taxi so we were happy then.

      Earlier in the day there was a squish of people coming through a narrow street which was shaded. There was a shortish woman walking down in with her umbrella up saying come on everyone, just push through. I had to say “ it would be a lot easier if you put your bloody umbrella down!” There were some lovely quiet areas to go on Burano though with grass even.

      So supermarket on the way back after we were on the mainland, and we had a nice salad with cheese for dinner. It was dark by the time we reached our hotel so it was quite a big day.

      And the thing that is annoying me most is the bug bites. I did bring my special creme from Bali that soothes the itching, but I need more. Will be off to the pharmacy in the morning for some antihistamine. The first bites were on my legs and were like midge bites. But yesterday a definite mosquito bite appeared on my tummy and now I have 2 more on my lower back. I react to mozzie bites so they are bit obvious. I had heard of lots of people being bitten here so brought bug spray but obviously need to apply it to more places.

      14,872 steps and 25 degrees. Even had my light scarf over my shoulders briefly tonight!
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    • Day 13

      Tage 13-16: ... beach and pool ...

      June 14, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      ... vier Tage ausgiebiges Badevergnügen am Strand und Pool, unterbrochen nur von Essen, Trinken, kleinen Einkäufen und Schlafen ... erholsam und mit viel Sonne tanken, um die Serotonin-Speicher zu füllen ...
      Interessante Erkenntnis: auch in Jesolo gibt es gute Pizzen, nicht nur in Deutschland ... ha ha ha ...
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    • Day 7

      Tag 7: ... ein Tag am Meer ...

      June 8, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      ... zwei sessions am Strand mit Rutschen vom Tretboot und zum Abschluß noch eine Runde am Pool mit ausgiebig Rutschen vom Piratenschiff ... der Abschied vom Pool fiel den kleinen Wasserratten aber immer noch schwer ... nur die Aussicht auf Burger vom eigenen Grill machte das wenigstens etwas erträglicher ...Read more

    • Day 8

      Tag 8: ... a rainy day! ...

      June 9, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      ... von allen Wetter-Apps angekündigter Regentag heute ...
      schon während der letzten Nacht erste Tropfen, seit dem Frühstück ergiebiger Landregen ... Gottseidank letzten Abend noch unsere gerade erworbenen Seitenteile für die Markise montiert.
      Das hält unseren Vorplatz doch deutlich trockener!
      Ab heute Abend soll der Spuk wieder vorbei sein. Für den Rest des Urlaubs ist dann Sonne pur angesagt.
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    • Day 11

      MSC Sea Dayz N Nightz 🚢 🌊☀️🍸

      September 18, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Thankfully, there is only one full day at sea… I only have the benchmark
      of P and O cruise line to compare this cruise 🚢 to and I must say that MSC run a hot second place. Absolutely love unpacking once and just chilling. That is always gonna be attractive! 🎯

      Firstly, I am really enjoying a soul occupancy inside cabin… It is very roomy and tastefully decorated with nice artwork and with the addition of mirrors to add a feeling of more space. The best part is that you can have complete black out darkness morning, noon and night if you want rest. Highly recommended cabin choice. Don’t see the point of a balcony cabin when you go to the bars to drink and socialise anyway. 🤷🏻‍♂️

      Unless you book an excursion through MSC you are not given any instructions or information as to how you should make your way from the docking port to the city or town that you are visiting. Charging $30 for a transfer on a ship shuttle bus does not seem fair to me but the choice is limited. I figure if the ship docks half hour drive from the town then the shuttle in could be complementary rather than another add-on. It’s all a matter of opinion I suppose. When in Rome…

      The Restaurant service is impeccable and the food 🥘 is delicious. Wayu & Yousef we’re beautiful 😍 hosts; both from Indonesia 🇮🇩 Nothing was too much trouble! The Restaurant is much more relaxing and enjoyable than participating in any of the on deck buffet selections… They are just a feeding frenzy at all times 🐷 but many love them so that’s fantastic and helps distribute passengers 😎
      You could have three courses for lunch and three courses for dinner if you want. The breakfast menu is also extensive 🥐🧀🍳🥗🍤🍷🍽️

      Is quite difficult to get a drink at any of the bars because they are understaffed; there is always one staff member stacking plates or stocking the fridge, even if there is a queue of people two deep at the bar. We caught the easy drink package prior to boarding, so it ended up great value. Trust me, we get our money’s worth! 🍹🍸🥃🍾🍷🥂🍻🍺☕️🫖🥤
      …it took a few days to learn but the best way to get a drink is to get the attention of the ONE waitress and order with her…

      The most pleasant staff member we have interacted with works in the jewellery boutique store - Pauline from Argentina 🇦🇷…thankfully my senses kicked in when she skilfully attempted to sell me an anchor ⚓️ bracelet for €370!

      A very fun night was had by all at the disco 💃🏼 on the top deck. It is interesting to watch the dance staff performing like dance prostitutes all night long: working the crowd into a frenzy… All shapes and sizes, welcomed and encouraged by their tempting moves and seductive eye 👁️ contact 🙃

      It’s kinda weird not having any access to your phone 📱 internet & social media while you’re on the ship unless you pay 💰 high access fees up front. It’s also more relaxing when you are not distracted by content and notifications 📣 so you engage with what’s going on around you better 👍🏻

      Thinking about TripADeal again and I reflect on the wonderful group of people that have become friends on the cruise and it mellows my heart 💜 and makes me realise that there were more good things than bad that came out of the whole experience: I mean, just look at the happiness expressed in the faces at our dining table… that speaks volumes 🫶🏻👏✊🏻🥰
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    • Day 2

      First day

      June 5, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Yesterday night I arrived at the airport Marco Polo. Today I woke up and thought I was still dreaming. I went to the beach to meet my friends and colleagues. I missed everyone so much! After the beach I had lunch at this amazing food truck. A wonderful first dayRead more

    • Day 32

      Auf der Fähre ...

      October 1, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Die erste Nacht auf der Fähre war etwas unruhig ,da Molly die Geräusche nicht einsortieren könnte und öfters mal die " Knurre" angemacht hat .Morgens dafür ein toller Sonnenaufgang ..der restliche Tag war sehr entspannt : Wetter toll, kaum Wellen , Sonne , genug schöne Plätze zum lesen ,schauen usw...
      Zwischendurch mal kurz ein Unwetter ; da würde ich schon etwas unruhig , da ich ja nun mal so gar nicht SEEFEST bin. Stephan kann darüber nur müde lächeln ...der würde sich auch beim Sturm noch Wohlfühlen... Gott sei Dank war das Unwetter schnell vorbei ...
      Am Morgen in Venedig dann ein letzter wundervoller Sonnenaufgang- mit einer der schönsten auf der Reise ...
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    • Day 6

      Pole Position for Canale Grande

      June 15, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Der "Umweg" über den Lido war ne gute Idee. Vaparetto Linie 2 startet dort, so dass wir die guten Plätze am Bug mit bestem Blick ergattern konnten. Der Neid derer, die erst am Marcusplatz zustiegen, war uns gewiss.Read more

    • Day 9


      May 15, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Heute haben wir den Tag in Venedig verbracht. Mit dem Taxi Boot vom Camp waren es gute 15 Minuten hinüber. Venedig ist wahrhaftig sehr besonders, mit seinen vielen Kanälen, üppigen Farben und sehr freundlichen Einwohnern- und den Gazillion Touristen wie wir es sind. Wir haben uns sogar zu einer Fahrt in der Gondel hinreißen lassen, mit einem Gondolier der 10. Generation. Morgen geht es dann weiter Richtung Süden nach Florenz. Wir werden dann irgendwann später mit der Fähre nach Kroatien übersetzen, und die ursprünglich angedachte Route Kroatien- Albanien wieder aufnehmen.Read more

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