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Jul 25 2009

Venice 2009 update

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Once again, the May trip to Venice was relaxing with some new places visited. In early May, the city seemed bereft of tourists. Imagine walking in Piazza San Marco in the early evening with maybe a dozen people. Astonishing and lovely. We visited Saint Mark’s in the evening with full lights with a small group andĀ appreciated it so much more that way; ourĀ tour was provided as the finish of an earlier cruise of the Meditteranean.

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Jul 05 2008

Random Thoughts

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This section will include various tips and photos that are of a general nature or out of the main stream of the blog. A General Suggestion for Touring in Venice (or Italy): There is always the possibility of a strike or protest or demonstration in Italy. Many of these events are scheduled in that the time and place have been registered with governmental authorities but as a casual tourist, you may not know about them in advance.


To avoid stress on a vacation, it is strongly recommended that you do not overschedule your activities on a given day so that a seemingly spontaneous interruption of services and/or transportation does not create a huge disappointment. For example, if you have bought a ticket to see a much-loved opera at La Fenice in the evening, it would be wise to stay within central Venice that day, or at least afternoon, so that if the vaporetti or taxis are on strike, you could walk there. Similarly, taking a trip by train on a day when you have evening plans to, say, Verona, might not be a good idea if there are issues with the trains or if you make a mistake and take a train in the wrong direction (I will have to raise my hand to this one. It is hard enough to tell what a public system announcement means in English; in Italian, for me, it is impossible.) Continue Reading »

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Jun 17 2008

Visiting Venice, 2008

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This was the eighth year that my friends and I visited Venezia. I stay a little longer and enjoy it more each year. My usual plan is to start each day with a light breakfast at the pensione, visit a museum and a couple of churches in the morning, have a light lunch, take a boat ride or two on the vaporetti in the afternoon, meet friends in the garden for an apperitivo and then on to a leisurely dinner. In case it is not yet clear, food plays a big part in the enjoyment of my time in Venice.

I do not understand the travel writers who complain of the difficulty of finding a good meal in Venice. I also find that the US press is filled with articles about very expensive restaurants. With the current US$ vs euro rate, expensive restaurants become extremely expensive.

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