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... world with the second largest ice cap, after Antarctica. I am joined by Jan Leth, my Danish-American brother-in-law who has studied Greenland for most of his life. We will begin just inside the Artic Circle line (67 degrees north) north of the Capital-- Nuuk, at a fjordlike town of Kangerlussuaq. Upon arrival by charter, we will take a musk oxen overland trip to the IceCap. From there we sail into the heart of Baffin Bay ...
... a gondola depending on how many were in our group. Once on board, we joined a flotilla of several dozen boats all heading on the same route. I am sure the heavy heat and hoards of tourists didn't help the experience (funny how tourists always complain about other tourists isn't it!) - perhaps a visit in spring would be more enjoyable. I am glad that we went though and have ticked that place off. I can't expect to love everything we do when travelling for a ...
... vaporetto), which is a speed boat that whisks you from the hotel to the port for an exorbitant amount of money!
We felt like we were home again in good ole' cabin 9030, conveniently located between the laundry and the Concierge Lounge, where Don goes at 6 AM in the morning (at the latest) to drink coffee and read, while Martha catches a few more winks. I headed over to the laundry facility, thinking it would be nearly empty since ...
Day 7 Day in Venice today! Left hotel at 8am to get to port where our private water taxi was waiting. Went to the munaro glass public showroom where we saw a local blow glass into a beautiful water jug and then sculptured a horse in under 5 minutes. Most amazing talent!! Couldn't believe the detail in the horse. Colour is created when adding different mineral and stones to liquard glass. Red and lilac are most expensive colour due to ...
... etc., but then the last part of the tour takes you over the Bridge of Sighs into the equally-large jail, which was rather sparse as you would imagine. Here is where we saw where enemies of the Doge or the CX found themselves, and the magistrates that undertoook these legal proceedings had another room in which they were glorified in painting.
The other notable museum we went to was the ...
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Hotel Dona Palace promised us a great room and view and they delivered. This hotel is in a great location and offers a view of the Bridge of Sighs from certain rooms. The amenities are top of the line and the staff was super friendly. The hotel also offers a 20% discount at 4 different resturaunts, which saved us 20 or more euros at meal time. I would only reccommend one of the resturaunts, however : Grotta Pizza (outside take a right and it's in front of you on the left). The have more than just pizza and was the only resturaunt that had locals eating inside, which is a good sign. The food was good at Grotta - the other three were, in my opinion, terrible and tourist traps.
Wonderful hotel- friendly people, perfect location, great breakfast. The room was beautiful, spacious, and very clean with modern ammenities (flast screen TV, etc). I would highly recomend this hotel.
A bit difficult to find through the madness of the piazza San Marco. If you have to stay in the area and are lookiong for 3 star accommodations, this is a great place.
We wouldn't have found this hotel very easily if we hadn't spotted the sign sticking out perpendicular to the building. It's down a little street just off St Marks Square, so it is as central as you can be in Venice. Our room was spacious, with marvellous air-con and we had a balcony over looking the gondolas. The main showerhead in the bathroom didn't have any water pressure so we used the the shower attached to the bath taps. Breakfast is served in a Beautiful Room - but I must say I was really put off when I saw flies crawling all over the fruit (why wasn't it covered?) Also another thing that put me off was we had paid for Room incl Breakfast and on the tables there were cards showing the charge for the juices and cooked breakfasts. €4 for an orange juice! To end on a positive note, they were friendly and the place was convenient, clean and a bit of a treat for our one night in Venice.
This hotel is a real gem. The room and the bathroom was spacious and very stylish. Breakfast was excellent (worth 20 euro ea.) and the location was as good as it gets. Staff were friendly and helpful. I will stay here for sure next time around.
Great place, great value
Beautiful large quiet room with high-speed Internet access. Great breakfast included in the reasonable rate. VERY close to everything. Wonderful staff. We'd go back again anytime.