06-06 Day 2 in Venice

After crashing for 10 or 12 hours, we got up and had a delightful breakfast at our hotel.  I think we were the only ones who figured out how to get a cappuccino at breakfast – and they were good.  With nothing really planned until 5PM we headed out and just walked around.  First we threaded our way through the Rialto Market – but it wasn’t up and running, so nothing really to report except we will hit it again in the next few days.  There always seems to be a nice view of the Grand Canal so, naturally I have to take our picture.Bridge overlook by Academia 1

After a while, we found our way to Saint Marks Square and had tea and scones with jam.Saint Marks Square  For entertainment, of course with an added fee, was this little musical group playing wonderful traditional Vencian music.Morning tea break music  From there, we headed towards the Accademia Museum but first we walked through a number of shops and stalls without buying anything!  Stalls by Royal Gardens  Janeen at towel stall


We did have a lovely lunch, and bottle of wine, in Saint Stefano Square

Sqyare where we had lunch 1 Square where we had lunch

Janeen had the menu of the day, Risotto with clams and mussels and I had a Caprese salad along with a great local white wine.

Lunch - JPL

For dessert, we trekked across the Grand Canal and went to a fantastic shop (very highly rated) for Gelato!  FANTASTICJqneen Gelato

We had scheduled to be on a Grand Canal Tour at 5 so we head back across the Canal (getting lost of course) only to find the tour had already been sold out!  Frustrating for sure (we booked another cruise for tomorrow).  We ended up buying a 3 day pass for the water bus so headed back to our room and had drinks on the patio.  Beverage at our hotel 3  Not a bad spot to relax for sure and the prices are really quite good!  Two cocktails for 14 euros.  As Janeen was hungry, we got a recommendation from our hotel and walked over to Muro – about 1000 yards from our pace and had wonderful pasta (Janeen) and lamb (David).

Dinner Pasta  Dinner Lamb

Tomorrow afternoon we have a walking tour of Saint Marks and the Grand Canal tour – both in the afternoon / early evening so will have the morning to just explore.    I can certainly say we are getting into the vacation / travel mode very easily and it’s only the second day!

06-05 Day 1 in Venice

Well, after flying 10 hours we got to Amsterdam – could have been any airport anywhere in the world – lots of different languages but still all the same hurry hurry hurry like any big airport in the world.  While getting to the KLM lounge to relax for a bit, we must have gone by at least 3 different Starbucks!  We had a couple of hours to kill before our flight to Venice and the KLM lounge was a nice spot to do that.  The flight to Venice took about 1-1/2 and was quite uneventful.   Over the last several weeks, we had been checking the weather and it was always calling for rain.  Nice to arrive to blue skies and fluffy white clouds.  Thanks to Kim, our travel agent, we had a dedicated taxi – booked to get us to hour hotel.David - Water taxi to hotel   Janeen - water taxi to hotel  After a quick water trip, we arrived at our Hotel and got checked in.  This lovely room overlooks the Grand Canal!

Hotel - room 1 Hotel - Janeen - bed

View from our room.
View from our room.

By now, we have been up the better part of 24 hours and it’s only 3PM local time – so we went for a walk about to find a glass of wine and some cheese.

Heading out from our Hotel - trying to NOT get lost immediately
Heading out from our Hotel – trying to NOT get lost immediately

Canal 9 us at bridge  Stopped into a cafe for some house wine and cheese – nothing special to report…just a snack.  After that we found our way back to our hotel without any problems! (Ok we didn’t get very far that’s for sure).

Grand Canal us - landing by hotel  Here’s the view from the Dock of our hotel.  So, at this point we are most likely in for the evening – with big plans for exploring, getting lost, getting a tour on the Grand Canal and basically doing what everyone should do when they come to this enchanting place.


It starts in June

Last year, while on our adventure in Spain, we decided to book a river cruise on the Danube.  The cruise starts in Budapest and ends in Prague.  However, prior to joining the cruise, we spend a week in Venice – exploring a new part of the world for us and trying to not get lost to many times.  This will include a day trip to Verona.

From Venice, we fly to Budapest and spend several days prior to boarding our UniWorld cruise – Delightful Danube & Prague.  The River Cruise makes stops at Vienna, Spitz Village, Engelhartszell, Passau, Regensburg and finally Nuremberg.  Once we arrive in Prague we spend an extra 4 or 5 days.  As part of our stay in Prague we will be doing 2  day trips – South Bohemia visit a lovely village Holasovice, Cesky Krumlovand on the way home another historical town Třeboň.  The other day we will see Central Bohemia – lovely countryside in the valley of Berounka river, visit a Glaswork in Nizbor and possibly visit romantic castle Krivoklat.

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