Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Jan 23, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, August 23, 2009

Venice was a definite favorite for both of us. The canals through the city made it very unique and the main mode of transportation throughout the city is by water bus. The water bus is basically like the Underground for the rest of Europe, but on the canals instead of underground. During our stay in Venice we visited St. Marks Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Grand Canal, Santa Maria Assunta, as well as many shops from which we could not afford anything! Except of course some postcards and a sweet straw hat, that we still had to haggle for from a street vendor. 
We spent one night in a hotel and the second night we were able to board our cruise ship, which we will be on for the next 12 days. We have been really watching where we eat so far on this trip because everything has been so damn expensive. And I need more food than Tara!!! So all I have been thinking about on this trip is FOOD, mainly because I can't have most of it that I see. So, after eating like peasants in Europe for almost 3 weeks, our diet mainly consisting of kabobs and pizza, getting onto a cruise ship with 24 hour all-you-can-eat buffets has been like we died and went to heaven. The first thing we did once we boarded was go straight to the buffet. I was able to find a sushi buffet and I ate more ahi tuna and raw salmon than a blue whale. The staff on the ship was looking at me like I was some sort of circus freak. I might have been spouting sea water from a blowhole on the back of my neck that I am unaware of, I don't know, but it was amazing! After I made an ass out of both Tara and me, we enjoyed the rest of our time in Venice on and off the cruise ship.
Next we are headed to Croatia, then to Athens, several of the Greek Islands, Istanbul, another port in Turkey, and then back to Venice. The month of Ramadan has just begun, so I will have to try not to offend any Muslims with my cruise ship eating habits. I'm sure that Tara would prefer not to see me caned in Turkey. More to come from our ports as we arrive in these new cities.   
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