Onto Florence

Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
Trip End Oct 11, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Thursday, October 3, 2013

This morning we had a wonderful time in Venice, before joining the coach again at 4pm bound for Florence. We left the hotel again at 7.30 picking up a water taxi at 8am, had a short walking tour around the Piazza S Marco and then down to Murano Glass for a demonstration, which was great. Afterwards the opportunity to purchase at reduced prices. Paul admired a vase which was beautiful and a mix of several colours. We procrastinated and when he went back someone else had bought it! Then had free time for a couple of hours which we enjoyed. Up and down the lanes / canals - was great and we were lucky to witness something that happens in this city 200 days of the year (approximately). This is called Acqua Alta - which is when higher than normal water levels cause the lagoon to overflow the edges of the canals and flood pedestrian walkways. The Venetians are well prepared for this as the photos will show. It was quite incredible to see this and to see it happen so quickly. The Govt is spending billions currently, after years of talking about it, on solving the problem by blocking the incoming quantities of sea water coming through. Appears to be a little controversial.
We gathered again at midday and got on another water taxi bound for the island of Burano for lunch and more shopping. Burano is a village where lace is made, and the shops were beautiful. The tablecloths, napkins, runners, hankies, dollies made of linen and lace - exquisite. Oh I did covet! (You will smile Alma). I watched a lady making lace - so fine and precise and she was totally focused. The village itself was lovely and the meal. - oh my. Predominately fish served, but for those not keen on seafood, alternative of chicken or steak offered. Started with fish pâté on bread or Italian toast, then fish lasagne, next fish risotto, then grilled fish with salad, fruit and Italian biscuits. (Mary G - you would have loved it!). And of course Italian red and white wine on the table. Those who ate everything then waddled around shopping. I did NOT eat everything and had a spring in my step checking out the beautiful shops, and wishing, not for the first time on this trip, that we knew what sex our, every soon to arrive, first grandchild was!!! Back on the water taxi and an hour later we were headed for Florence. The countryside is now flat and again very agricultural - several market gardens. It could easily be Werribee South!. Farmers out ploughing or walking in their "fields".
We arrived in Florence at 7.30pm - a very busy city at that time of night. Enjoyed a nice meal with new friends, Greg and Sharlene who hail from Victoria BC. In the morning we do a walking tour of Florence before moving on to Rome.
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Mary G. on

So jealous. the gelato in Venice was delicious and yes the Murano glass factory amazing. Enjoy Florence. don't forget to buy some leather :) A Blacker Bambino, WOW Congratulations :) :)

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