Beautiful Venice

The Grand Canal

Over 20 000 steps later, I think it is safe to say we explored Venice. We started with a walking tour looking at the little bridges with history like the one they used to fight on and the only wooden bridge in Venice (Ponte dell’Accademia) which crosses near the southern end of the Grand Canal. […]

Goodbye Rome, Hello Venice

Today was spent mostly on the bus. After breakfast at the hotel we set off for the long journey to Venice. We had stops along the way but it did take all day to get here. We stopped at Verona and marveled at the wonderful arena in the centre of Verona. This is the second […]

Day 3

Yesterday it was really nice to have a bit of a relaxing morning before packing my bags heading to my hotel for the start of my Topdeck tour. The roads in Rome are a very scary place. There are very few road markings and people seem to do what they like. For the last 2 […]

The adventure begins…

What an amazing 2 days in Rome so far. Yesterday was a day of exploring. After a long 22 hour flight to Rome from Cape Town, I found my accommodation and had a much needed shower and nap. I then set to the streets. I spent nearly 3 hours just walking around, looking at the […]

A final look at Venice 

Today was our last full day in Venice. And we had nothing planned. We decided to simply wander the streets of San Polo district.  We crossed the Grand Canal using the Traghetto.    Scenes from the walk  We spent the afternoon just sitting at our local people-watching and having a final soaking of Venezia.

A little bit of Lido on the side

We decided to make our first beach visit of our trip. Lido is a long thin island that has the lagoon on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. It also has a link to the mainland so it was the first time we had seen a car in a few days.  Lido […]

Murano and Burano 

On Wednesday we took the waterbus to Murano famous for it’s glass blowing, an industry that was forced off Venice due to safety concerns (a out-or-control fire could destroy all of Venice) , and Burano famous for its lace products and colourful houses. The waterbus Murano It may have been the heat but both of […]

Getting to know Venice

We managed to get a late start to our second day in Venice. Taking a slow stroll, enjoying some coffee and orange juice before joining Anna, our guide for an awesome walking tour around lesser known areas in Venice. We highly recommend Venice Free Walking Tours  and Anna in particular. She even gave us some […]

Hello Venice!

After a nice short flight we caught a glimpse of the city of Venezia as we came into land at Marco Polo airport. Even from a distance it is a magical sight. Waiting patiently for our waterbus.  After a  short walk from the Rialto station, yes we are living a short walk from the Rialto […]