Hotel al Ponte dei Sospiri
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... member of the crew takes you through the drill (similar to an airline before take-off.) All notices and TV infomercials remind you to carry your life vest to the muster station. 95% of passengers still feel they are doing the right thing by wearing their life jacket whilst heading down to the muster station. You can tell first timers as they are the ones who think that blowing the whistle attached to the life vest is hilarious as if they are the first people ever ...
Miles walked: about 1 mile to the train station in Florence Times up and down apartment stairs: 4 Purchases: breakfast and lunch in Florence I needed to be out of the apartment by 10:00 AM this morning so I was up by 8:30 packing and cleaning. I went to take the trash out (the bin is at the narrower end of my street) and to pick up something for breakfast—pastry! Right on time, a little before 10:00, I was all loaded up and maneuvering my suitcase down those steep ...
... San Marco Square, St George Cathedral and many other notable sights. After taking a heap of pictures up there we came back down and walked along the canal. It wasn't so easy. You walk along the canal as far as you can, then you need to follow the alleyways inland until you see another that leads out to the water. You do this quite a bit. We found a ticket office that sold gondola rides, canal tours & island tours. ...
... by the Bridge of Sighs which passes. This enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It was named from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality the bridge actually wasn't built until long after the last execution but it makes a nice story.
We continued our stroll along the Riva Degli Schiavoni which is ...
... St Peter’s Square, directly in front of the Basilica. This was the spot in 1981 where Mehmet Ali Agca shot Pope John Paul II. But let’s not dwell on the negatives; the square is massive, and bordered on all sides by impressive marble columns. Entry into buildings was relatively quick, even though it did require a walk through a metal detector. We did, however see a couple of people walking away, shaking their heads. They were both dressed in shorts and a singlet. They ...