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Jan 22, 2018 - Verona

Our seven days in Venice was non stop exploration and a lot of fun but we were ready to escape our 'hotel cage' and head for Verona to find out if Romeo and Big Julie had made up yet. We chose the water bus service to ferry us to the railway station a leisurely 50 minutes away for our fast train connection. The terminal was spacious and the service, brilliant. The ride itself was smooth although the speeds around 135 kph were not overly fast but understandable given we did make a few stops. Suddenly we were in Verona and minutes later in...

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a very slow thaw out

Jan 19, 2018 - Venice

The departure from Prague was easy and our cab driver to the airport was our best yet. He actually conversed with us which we found very unusual. Marco Polo Airport was also a breeze probably because of the off season. Catching a water bus from the airport to a landing pier close to our hotel was a stroke of genius from the 'financier'. We may have been reasonably close to our hotel but we still managed to get lost for awhile. Some directions said to cross 2 bridges while others said 3. After crossing the same ones more than once we got it...

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a very slow thaw out

Oct 14, 2017 - Venice

We left our cruise ship at 8:30 AM, took the People Mover tram to Piazzale Roma, bought 24 hour Vaporetto passes, took the Vaporetto to St. Marks square, caught our shuttle to Isle de la Rosa, checked into our hotel and took the shuttle back to Venice. All by 10:30. Wandered through St. Marks square but didn't go into the Basilica nor the Doge's Palace. We more or less people watched. We decided to just walk through the side streets and see where we ended up. One Place was the Accademia Museum at the foot of the Accademia Bridge. The museum...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 13, 2017 - Venice

Get up early they said. We will be coming into Venice at 6:30 AM they said. Venice is beautiful in the lights they said. Problem was the fog was so thick the port of Venice was closed at 6:30 AM and we stayed anchored outside of Venice until noon when the port finally opened. We finally got off the ship at 1:30 and then spent the next 5 hours wandering the streets and getting lost multiple times. I have heard various things about Venice. Too crowded, it smells, too dirty, too many pigeons. With the exception of the last, I have found Venice...

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Adriatic Cruise

Sep 30, 2017 - Pleasantly lost in Venezia

Sept.30 Venezia How can you sum up 3 days in Venice. A glittering jewel of a city, especially in the bright sunshine, nothing else like it of course. The key is to find the hidden gems, best accomplished by wandering the alleys amongst the canals and getting hopelessly lost at least twice per day. The image I have is of thousands of people, representing all nations on earth, deposited into a huge corn maze where half the paths are water- they wander about with little maps, looking up, down, side to side, giggling, saying 'this is the way!',...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Ode to the Italian lavatory

Sept. 29 Ode to Italian lavatories.. yes, it deserves a whole chapter in my blog. I must begin by saying I LOVE Italy with every fibre of my being and nothing, NOTHING! including the infamous hole in the floor squatter would prevent me from travelling here again...yearly if I could. Also that I'm not so finicky- after all, I've used an outhouse in the woods, and I've carried tissue in a bag in a pack and used nary a hairdryer across Northern Spain for a month. But seriously, one must relish the Italian bathrooms as part of the adventure and...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Vicenza..Bellissima

Sept.22 Mamma Mia ! A short fast train ride and we have had 2 days in Vicenza and it is INCREDIBLE! The coolest place ever to visit...we have been immersed in the history of the architectural wonders of this fascinating old Italian city. Vicenza is the origin of one of the most famous architects in Italian history, Andrea Palladio, and the city is full of his marvellous creations: palazzos, villas, cathedrals, and teatro, built in the late 16th century, all laid out in well organized walking tours that we trekked over the 2 days. His Teatro...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Up & Down the Curves, Mile High, Dog on a Motorcycle, Last Day

Heather did her early morning 4 miles around the lake today. At breakfast she took some special drink without a name and asked one of the server's what it was...spruce water! Met Branko who informed us the morning would be nice weather, not so nice this afternoon (because Heather washed her hair again!). We first stopped at the town of Kranjska Gora, a ski resort area. Here the homes were more Bavarian style. We went over to the beautiful lake fed by the river that was a very light aqua blue color. We drove up the Julian Alps with all of it...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Verona

We woke to sunshine today so we decided to explore Verona....a short drive just down the road. The Italian Alps showed themseves. Beautiful and so different to the limestone Balkans. We found a small hotel on the outskirts of Verona, checked in and caught the bus into the city center. First came Castelveccio...owned by the Scagliari family. The Scala Bridge is from Roman times...so 1st century BC. All is red brick. It is now a city museum. Next to it stands the Galli Arch rebuilt in the 1900's. Lunch was across from the Castelveccio. We...

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Sep 12, 2017 - From Jezera to Padova?

So how did we get to Italy when we planned last night to go to Bled, Slovenia? It really has to do with a weather forecast. Rain and more rain. Fine for ducks and such....but we wanted to see the mountains and wander the town. No fun in the rain. We woke to the pitter patter of raindrops. It continued thro' bkft. Mountaintops were obscured. Mist was rising. We headed for Rijeka on the coast of Croatia. The rain stopped...and the sun threatened to come out but by then we were heading for Innsbruck, Austria via Verona. The border between...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Best Map of Venice!

Breakfast and met Branko at 9 am for our 3 hour walking tour of Venice with our guide Elane. Venice is made up of 118 small islands connected across the canals of the Ventian Lagoon by 400 canals. The architectural style of the buildings is Venetian Gothic, a mixture of Gothic style with Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Population of Venice is 55,000. Because of tourism, the cost to live on the island is very expensive, many people have moved to the mainland and only work here. Each section of the island has its own square with a well in...

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Sep 4, 2017 - An Interesting Day at the Airport

Metro and train to the airport. Found the correct checkin desk for AItalia. Weighed our carryon bags. Heather's weighed too much so she took stuff out and put it in her backpack. WE get to the security area and get called over to have both our backpack and suitcase. Heather is overweight and she has to go back to the checkin desk and check it. She does some rearranging so she can have some clothes if the bag is delayed. At the gate is a large group of Chinese. They all crowd in front of the gate; we just moved right in with them as if we...

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