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Venice

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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.Read more

  • 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

  • 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.Read more

  • Day16

    Campanile di San Marco

    September 14 in Italy

    This afternoon we had hoped to be back in time to visit St Mark’s Basilica but we didn’t make it before it closed. Instead we decided to take advantage of the short line-up and check out Campanile di San Marco, St Mark's Campanile. This is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica and is located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

    The tower is 98.6 metres tall and houses five bells. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show the Lion of St. Mark and the female representation of Venice, la Giustizia: Justice. The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.

    The initial 9th-century construction was built on Roman foundations and was used as a watch tower or lighthouse for the dock, which then occupied a substantial part of the area which is now the Piazzetta.

    The campanile suffered damage by lightning on many occasions. It was severely damaged in 1388, set on fire and destroyed in 1417 and seriously damaged by a fire in 1489 that destroyed the wooden spire. It was rebuilt in 1514 thanks to restorations made to repair further damage caused by an earthquake in 1511.

    The current tower was reconstructed in its present form in 1912 after it had been destroyed by the fall of the campanile in 1902.

    Thankfully we didn’t have to climb any stairs to get to the top and the elevator was quick and easy. The views were amazing from every side. I really love Venice and seeing her in all her glory was fabulous.
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  • Day16

    Last time we were in Venice we found out about being able to visit the terrace on top of the elite shopping centre, T Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Unfortunately we found out towards the end of our time in Venice and when we tried to visit on the last morning the line was so long we didn’t get to check it out.

    This almost happened again this visit. We tried to visit in the morning but when we got there we found out it was closed for a private event. We were told the even would finish at midday but when we returned it was still going and the security guy had no idea when it would finish. We waited for bit and then decided to try again later if we had time.

    At the end of the day on our way home we thought we would give it one last try - SUCCESS. We were finally able to check out the view of Venice from the terrace. Unfortunately due to the heat it was very hazy and the view wasn’t as clear as we would have liked but it was still a great view. A very close up view of the famous Rialto Bridge. Our persistence paid off.

    The actual shopping centre is pretty cool from the red escalators to the amazing internal view of the four floors. The other cool thing was actually the entrance to the terrace. They have started created patterns on the floor using postage stamps which they have then added a clear floor over the designs. It would be amazing to see it when the project is finished.

    It was great to finally get to visit the terrace.
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  • Day16

    Trattoria Alla Palazzina

    September 14 in Italy

    We ended our day at a lovely restaurant just around the corner from where we are staying. We needed somewhere close to home so we wouldn’t have to walk far.
    We enjoyed a delicious Italian meal and Brad actually ordered a glass of wine with his meal - first time ever!!
    We sat out in the lovely garden bar and enjoyed the slightly cooler temperatures.Read more

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