Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Our last port was Venice and we got to spend the night on the ship and disembark the next day.  We had hotel reservations for two additional nights so we checked it out the day we arrived so we would know where we had to go when we left the ship.

What a beautiful way to be introduced to Venice - from the ship.

Always lots of tourists at Piazza San Marco - Doge's Palace on right
The Bridge of Sighs in between Doge's Palace and new Prison below 
(behind people bridge - Ponte della Paglia)

The people mover took us from the port to Piazzale Roma - the main square for transportation to and from Venice, where no cars are allowed.  It was a new building, built in 2010 with the port being the middle stop with the Tronchetto parking island on the other end.  Sort of like taking the shuttle from Grand Central to Penn Station only much nicer.
I couldn't get enough of the canals and fortunately there were a lot of them.

Picture below is from the Rialto Bridge.  The bridge is always loaded with tourists and the Grand Canal is loaded with boats of every size.  Amazing to watch them all maneuver around each other.
                            Our Hotel is the Danieli - the pink one in the middle below
We got an upgrade to a suite and felt like royalty.  We quickly became
accustomed to this and of course it spoiled us for all the other places we stayed.

And this was the view from our window

The narrow streets were also beautiful and especially knowing
a car wouldn't come out of nowhere was a plus in Venice.
We shared a pizza and a bottle of wine with this view
This guy wanted to share too!

 I got a new bag with a working zipper

Of course, a daily dose of gelato
We got scammed into buying a rose, but I was worth it, right Larry?

                                                              We found a market
                                                   and had something healthy for breakfast
Rode on the vaporetti.  One day it was so hot I rode all the stops in both directions.
A ride on a vaporetto

                                                                    Went to Murano

and I got a necklace from Larry
Larry took this picture but didn't know what it was or represented until I googled it after being home.
This is the explanation --> click here.  We never made it over there.

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