48 hours in Venice


How was Venice last spring? Great. Want to do it again. Here’s why…

  • It all started with a falling star when we were driving in the wee hours of the morning to the airport to start our journey. This was our first one ever! This must be an omen.
  • The weather was amazing… no rain… not too cold (except in the morning and evening)… and even 18 degrees in the afternoon… ideal for sipping on a Chianti at a terrace wearing sun glasses. It was mid March!!!!

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  • A gold overdose in San Marco Basilica. Unbelievable and very selfish to keep this brilliant piece of architecture as a private chapel for a long time. Yes… a PRIVATE chapel…I still can’t get over the millions of mosaics that have been set by hand by someone over 1000 years ago. Happy we went to the museum level so we could see the mosaic up close and have that great view from the terrace.

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  • We were right on time to hear and feel the huge clocks ringing (Is this the right word??) next to us at the top level of the Campanile. We had to queue for quite some time to get in and up with the only little elevator.

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  • Rialto bridge hidden away for restoration. They tried to cover it up by a canvas with a picture of the bridge on it. Nice try… 🙁 There goes that brilliant picture opportunity.
  • Extremely smelly fish market after the market finished.It was not even summer… But what a great little fish specialty take away!

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  • Completely drunk young female tourists with one of them thinking she made a connection with the young male bar tender. As the girls were native English speaking we understood every word. I was well positioned to read the bar tender’s – and his Italian lady friends’- faces. It was only early afternoon. Hilarious.
  • We went behind, in front, underneath and through the Bridge of Sighs.

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  • Being silenced by the opulent ceilings of the Doge palace, the next even more elaborate than the previous one.

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  • Ahhh, the gondola ride… I was not planning on it, thought it might have been a bit over the top and only for couples in love. No way – my friend insisted, and she was so right. Our guy knew everyone apparently, chit chatting away with anyone passing while being called on his mobile, explaining the mafia-like practices the government applies having the monopoly and taxing the proceeds. But what a beautiful way of exploring the canals. I could do this for hours on a row.

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  • My friend tasting lobster for the first time and loving it. Me still loving it too. I can eat that daily…
  • Hired our personal photographer to explore hidden gems and get advice on getting to better pictures. What a brilliant idea. Ok, this sounds cocky, I know, as I organized that…

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  • Entering the Alta Acqua bookshop, where the owner is creative in protecting his books against yet another flood, using bath tubs, canoes, …

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  • The Spumante á volonté at our Bed and Breakfast.

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  • Searching for great Venetian glass rings that fit on my fat fingers. And found them. Turns out it is fragile. Thuhuh… glass.

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  • The huge contrast between hectic tourist areas and a few meters further absolute silence.  I understand now you can actually live here in Venice (you need to understand I couldn’t live in any busy place… ).
  • Witnessing the water damage to the bricks signaling a grim future.

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  • Feeling flattered my friend feels comfortable with me on a trip. The first trip without her husband, who is her soul mate for about 20 years.Turns out we make great travel mates. Next trip is booked: Barcelona April 2017.
  • I have flown a lot, but never saw this before. My friend sitting next to me didn’t see it, but I did and so did my camera: the shadow of the plane has some sort of aureole. Another omen?

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  • Three days after our return, terrorist attacks blew up the entrance hall of Brussels airport. This Venice trip was the last one in a carefree era.

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