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Venice

26..27th April.

-17 °C

Departed Florence by train, arrived Venice approx 1pm, without incident. As you walk out of the station, you are greeted by the magnificent view of the main canal, with its many ferries and gondolas. After asking directions, we boarded a ferry which travelled along the main canal, to our hotel. After alighting we climbed many steps up then down, luggage in hand. Sandra remained with the luggage and I endeavoured to locate the hotel. It turned out that it was directly across the canal, so after a few more steps, we arrived.
The hotel was small, but very venetian in its decor. Only issue no lift and we were on the 3rd floor. After booking in, headed out to discover what was on offer. Located in the various lanes were the most shops that I have seen outside of Roma, focus upon local glass creations and leather. We had dinner close to our hotel, right on the waterfront, watching the world go by...beautiful.
Next day we headed off to book our passage to Nice, as system broken the first day. We were informed that all trains full on the 28th from Milan to Nice. Plan b....plane, all booked. Plan C..bus. After some frustration we had to discover where to book the bus, eventually having to travel back into Venice mainland to book. A story in itself. Result being travel to Milan by train, then a 5 hr bus ride to Nice. Only problem, is that the bus did not leave until 7pm. Once booked we headed off by ferry to St Marks Square, to enjoy the magnificent Cathedral and Palace. Enjoyed some lunch and drinks in the sunny square, people watching then travelled back to hotel to get luggage and move to our next hotel. Back on the ferry to the central area, then a 30 min Gondola ride. very enjoyable and scenic.
Dinner then back to next hotel, which was closer to the station as we had a very tight timetable.
The trip continues.......

Posted by sparscott 02:52

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wow!! im exhausted just reading this! glad you found statue of David, it is fantastic. keep enjoying your travels.

by cathykym

Well the first week back to the grind is nearly over!! My only hope is to be transported to all the beautiful places you are visiting. I thought Florence and Venice were extremely lovely places.Anyway it's nearly the big 50!! 1 more sleep! Have a wonderful day on the 4th ..Happy 50th Sandy. I'll have a drink for you.xx

by mich doug

Well it is the 4th today so HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY Sandy!!! No doubt you will be in some exotic place to celebrate!!! Your trip so far sounds great!! We are all well here! Cant wait for the next installment!! Cheers and have a great B'Day!! xxxooo

by Murlen

Today is the 4th So Happy 50th San and have a really great day. Enjoy the moment wherever you may be. Rememeber life is all downhill from here on in. Seriously-have a great day.
Love to you both - Pete and Barb

by petebarb

From Australia to Paris, the City of Love - and just for a 50th Birthday celebration!!. Happy 50th Sand. I have no doubt you and Phil will have made the most of this momentous occasion. Find 'La Petite Chaise' if it is still there - I went there with Mum & Dad when we were in Paris many years ago. No English sub-titles!!! Love Sue.

by Sue McL

i see you received my text mssge from my new mobile phone. still working out how to use all the bells & whistles on it. rang s-j for her birthday & she was (probably still is) studying. told her we would celebrate when we all meet for mother's day brunch. will ring jen on her b/day. hope you enjoyed your 50th in Paris San. don't mind the getting lost part, that is when you see the best things & have the best time. look forward to reading your next blog. keep enjoying yourselves. love jeeps xxx

by jeepsc

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