Travel Blogs from Venice
... it was in fact a kitten learning to walk. Kiara, Simone's five-year-old daughter, was scared of it, and anytime the kitten wandered near her she would yelp and hide behind Simone's legs. Simone's friend arrived, picked up the kitten, and Jess announced that not only does she want a Roomba, she also wants a kitten.
That afternoon we were talking to Simone about our plans to cook dinner for her and Matteo on Friday when she told us that Matteo has pilates on Friday and ...
Sunday 18 May Robyn: Feeling hungover and sad from too much 'dolce vita' and the reality of our last day in Croatia. Fortunately the hilltop fortified old town of Motovun (Central Istria) was a scenic drive down the road and we stopped in to climb the steep narrow cobbled streets, admire old buildings and soak in the views. Lots of tourist shops selling local produce - truffles, olive oil, alcohol of all varieties, cured meats, pastas, etc. ...
... Gabriele picked a place where he said there seemed to be a lot of locals, but I didn't know the difference. From lunch we headed to Ca D'Oro, an old palace that used to be covered in gold. Now it was just an art museum with nothing making it seem like a palace at all. We walked through before heading to the Church of Madonna Dell'Orto. On the way there we stopped into a really pretty church and then encountered a bunch of extras, dressed in olden day garb, walking around for a ...
... down (all of a darker skin sadly). At 10 AM (plane to leave at 10:30 AM) we are 15 people behind the gate and there are another hundred people behind us. We are not leaving on time, no more tick, tick, tick.
11:10 AM we push back from the gate. Smooth flight, three free movies, some comedy, snacks and we get in 10 minutes early. The passenger ramp cannot connect to the plane and we sit for 10 minutes, laughing out loud. The first customs agent talks ...
... subjects. Given the grand architectural spectacle before us, it is easy to imagine the splendor of Venice at its height. Once lavishly frescoed, some even trimmed in gold leaf, these palaces must have impressed all who viewed them. Back at our point of origin, we disembark and break for lunch. Luisella asks us to meet her at the Rialto Bridge at 3 PM for the last portion of our tour. We have just enough time to return to our ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Moderno Venice
I am not a review writer, this is actually my first. To begin I will let you know that I recognizing that this is an area first inhabited in 10,000 BC and I understand that space is at a premium.
Lets start with my wife and I walked by the entrance to the hotel three times. I knew roughly where the hotel was located and had a printed map but even after firing up the cell phone GPS and having the hotel location dot and our current location dot covering one another, it was still not evident of the entrance. So next we look for the address (Hotel Moderno 154) and find 152 and 158. Strike Two!
Then, what's that in the alley between the pizza joint and another hotel but a sign (white sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper) in a plastic page protector with the name, Hotel Moderno! We have found it, yes, finally. So I turn sideways and turn my suitcase sideways and head down the alley to an open steel door that has a stairway that looks closer to a stair entrance to a tree fort. At first, I thought it was a circular stairway and was really wondering if I was going to be able to fit my suitcase up the narrow twisted stair. Without the suitcase I travel up the stairs, turn left to go up a few more stairs to a locked glass door with a picture on it showing other buildings and an intercom to the right. Then a voice from the intercom, I must go back down the stairs, out from the alley to the street and then go into a different hotel to check in! Lovely, thinking I was at the wrong location I go to the other hotel, haul the luggage up the stairs to the front desk and check into the building we were at previously, oh my.
So I check in and pay for the two nights (if I want a remote to the TV I must pay a 50.00 Euro deposit, I don't) and head to the previous building, haul the suitcases up the original flight of stairs and then another flight of stairs (there was one more floor, I don't see why the desk attendant didn't give us the penthouse) and enter our room. Ugh. I am ok with small; I am ok with old, dated, or nostalgic. I am not ok with pealing wallpaper and paint, one outlet, unneeded furniture, broken furniture, broken shower doors, a sink that doesn't drain faster than a stream just faster than a drip but does leak, a nail for a door stop, and buckling and broken laminate flooring (we had to wear our shoes while in the room), shower doors that are broken and don't close and grout mold.
Now, at 85.00 American dollars I understand this is a steal in the off season and yes I like to spend less on accommodations and more on food.... But enough sour grapes let's say something nice, I believe it deserves a strong half star any day of the week.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.