Jun 06, 2017

Venice is all we thought it would be and more

We were up at 4:30AM on Sat. June 3rd and ready to start our adventure. We traveled Air Canada all the way to Venice.

Great day to see the Rockies in all their glory.  We flew in a Dash 8 – 830 Turbo Prop from Kelowna to Calgary.

Calgary is on the midst of updating all their terminals and have gone futuristic with shuttle service.  We landed at Terminal B and had to go to Terminal A for breakfast and took the shuttle to our departure Terminal C.   We had mere moments to spare.

I have no idea how I thought I would have time to post from either Calgary or Toronto where we boarded our last flight to Venice. Toronto was a maze of walkways going back and forth to get to the international terminal.  We had planned on eating at the airport but I just barely had a moment to log on and check emails.  Within 15 minutes of arriving at the gate for the Venice flight the flight was boarding.  We had almost two hours in Toronto yet it took so long to deplane and then the walk to the next gate with various security checks that I never even had a chance to use the washroom.  Fortunately I checked emails as there was a problem in Venice.  All but a very few boats were traveling to Venice from the airport due to a boat race which had the Grand Canal shut down from 7:45 AM to 4:00PM and we were arriving at 9:10AM.

We were fortunate to have a couple from who live near Venice sitting across from us in the waiting area and with the info from our Airbnb host and from them I was able to have them text him for us in Italy.  We had to quickly make new arrival plans.

Departing Toronto and all its haze.

Unusual to be looking down at a sunrise. It was a very long flight and we landed a bit late around 9:15AM. I was exhausted and slept but 45 minutes on the almost 9 hour flight.  Sadly the overhead individual lights were not working on the entire plane so I could not even read, just sit and be tired and miserable.

We landed and it was more walking and security checks.  We later found out about the terror event in London.  They kept announcing that the Venice airport was in a high security alert.  Finally we cleared customs.  I found a pay phone and figured out how to use it and contacted Enrico our host.  We made plans to meet at the San Marco dock at a certain time.  Sadly the airport was a zoo and despite the fact that we hustled and got to the boat in time it was beyond full and there was a wait.  I asked two different people to text Enrico ( no phones in that part of the airport ) that we would be late by an hour.  He waited all that time for us and was frantic as we were as he never got the texts.  We had no idea how to get to his place from this particular area and it was twice the distance to walk with our luggage.  Thank goodness he waited.

We were finally checked into our lovely apartment by 2:30PM. My head was spinning, I was beyond tired but we were both starving. The piece of banana bread that we were served for breakfast on the flight was long gone and our energy was low.

So we wandered about and found some pasta, but of course, what else 😆   Back to our place where we unpacked and then we decided to head out and explore for a bit.  Best to stay awake at this point.

So we took a boat along the Grand Canal as it was now after 4PM, as far as we could and them come back again. So much to see.

Murano glass decor at the top of a building on the canal.

Photo by Colin. By now I was on overload and not taking photos.

We have a 7 day pass and so there was no worries about using the boats. This was a great way for us to get a first glimpse of Venice.

The hands in the photo that Colin took are a form of art recently installed.  It is all about climate change. Read about it here.

We got off the water bus at the Piazza San Marco where we wandered about.  Photo by Colin.

We ended up in a wine bar just off the square where we joined several others having a glass or two and some appetizers. We met a lovely couple from Alsace, France and a young couple from London on their honeymoon.

We finally got back to our place around 9:30PM.  After a quick shower I was asleep in an instant.  We had been awake a very long time, I refuse to work out the number of hours that I was awake but it was from 4:30AM PST on June 3rd to 10:00PM June 4th Venice time.  If you work it out let me know the number of hours.

So we have been on the go non stop since we awoke Monday morning.  So much to see and to do and to just sit and absorb.  I have not had a moment to try and post although it was my intention.  Simply not possible.  I had some time this morning but the internet went out.  This post is to let you know that all is well and we are having a marvelous time.  The food is plentiful but expensive.  The wine is plentiful and very reasonably priced.

Colin is napping but I have chosen to do this post instead although I am tired.  Yesterday I walked close to 19,000 steps and did more stairs that I care to recall.  We are off very shortly for a fabulous evening which I must get dressed up for.  I can’t say if I will post again before be leave, perhaps just a few photos here and there.  For certain I will be documenting the entire trip once we return.  First impressions…..Italians are loud, lots of noise echos  up to our 3rd floor due to the tall buildings with narrow corridors,  we love it here and know that we will back, humid, humid, humid which we were not expecting, not as crowed as we thought it would be and we know that we will not have time to do all that we would like to do.  More important to balance the various museums with living in the moment.

The X on the left in the middle is where our apartment is ( it has an elevator, yeah!!!! ). The arrow at the top points towards the Rialto area and the arrow to the right is the Piazza San Marco.  We are perfectly located.

No time to proof this as I am very late.  Ciao for now.

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10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Venice is all we thought it would be and more”

  1. ARIZONA GAL says:

    SO THRILLED TO HEAR FROM YOU. LOVED ALL THE PHOTOS. BRINGS BACK SO MANY MEMORIES. DON’T WASTE YOU VENICE TIME POSTING. YOU CAN DO THAT AFTER YOU GET HOME. HUGS.

  2. Evelyn Wood says:

    Thank you for taking the time to keep us updated. I love your pictures.

  3. George Yates says:

    Great that you are there and settled in , thanks for taking us along and I just know you will have a wonderful time.

  4. Steve says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post. It sounds like a great vacation and the writeup and photos put me right there. Don’t worry about blogging while there, just enjoy where you are at. I am more than willing to read and see photos of your trip when you return. Glad you and Colin are enjoying your trip … it’s well deserved for both of you.

  5. rae says:

    What a wonderful post. Thank you! Can’t wait for the rest of the trip report when you get back.

  6. Dolores says:

    Oh my goodness, wonderful pictures, such a beautiful, interesting place!! The colors!!!

  7. Connie & Barry in PA says:

    Love all your photos and the interesting write up! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Deborah S. says:

    A lovely post! Enjoy your trip to the fullest.

  9. Shelagh says:

    We enjoyed just taking the vaporetto to see the sights from a different angle and also people watch. Venice is such an enchanting place. I love the fact that you can grab a bottle of wine and just sit along the canal watching all the traffic. Cheers.

  10. Dee Tillotson says:

    Unbelievably beautiful photos. Thanks for taking the time to send them.

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