Buongiorno from Venice,
We arrived in Venice by train on 6 March, and caught the Vaporetto to S.MARCO Vallaresso, where we met our host, Marco, who lead us the short distance to our accommodation. Venetian Infinity Apartment This was to be our home for the next 3 nights. (Thanks for the recommendation, Alan & Julie). That night we visited San Marco Square, and then discovered after a long trek through the lanes and over the countless bridges the supermarket.
On our first full day we walked around to familiarise ourselves with the city and discover the sights. We visited the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, walked over the Accademia Bridge, fought the crowds at Piazzo San Marco, Basilica San Marco, and St Mark’s Campanile, after which we decided we needed a break from tourists and walked along the waterfront to the gardens and enjoyed the quiet and the setting sun.

The next day we bought a ‘day pass’ for the Vaporetto and spent much of the day doing ‘hop on, hop off’. We visited a gallery that was displaying working models of some of da Vinci’s ideas. Da Vinci is big at the moment because it is 500 years since he died. At the moment there are excellent exhibitions in the UK and in Italy that we have seen.
On one of our many landings and after crossing the Rialto Bridge we searched out a restaurant that Marco (our host) had recommended. After much searching we found it, Trattoria Ca’ d’oro-Alla Vedova, magnifico! and well worth the effort of the search. After lunch we also visited the market and Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute, which was just lovely. Dinner that night was at ‘Chat Qui Rit’. We shared the building courtyard and garbage bins with the restaurant.

Each morning I got up very early and headed out to see if there were any photos to be had, I used my ‘Photographer’s Ephemeris’ app. Checked out the angles of the rising sun, got ‘east and west’ sorted, times of sunrise, blue hour, golden hour, the lot, only one very ‘slight’ problem…..FOG, every morning I was out there, every morning, so was the fog, except, the morning we had to leave. At least we had a nice ride to the airport in beautiful conditions, warmer, blue sky and beaming sunlight! c’est la vie, (hang on, not in France yet) così è la vita!

Lance & Barbara




  1. Loving all of these blogs Lance. Brilliant photography! The colours of Venice …such a fascinating city! Keep enjoying your travels XX

    • Hi Em,
      Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying the Blog and the photos, it’s a good way to keep a record of the travels, can you believe it, our 7 and a half weeks is nearly over, back next Wednesday after a flight on the “Dreamliner” Looking forward to coming home though. In Barcelona now, then London 3 days, see you soon.
      Lance & Barbara

    • Hi Glenda and Max,
      It is an amazing place, very busy even for the so called ‘off season”. I hope all is going well over there and it has cooled down a little. We’re back next Wednesday, 7 and a half weeks, ready to be going home.
      Lance & Barbara

  2. Amazing photos Lance ! We were there last year but our photos are more like snaps. People everywhere.

    • Hi Don,
      Thanks Don, yeah, the tourists (including us) very busy, even in the ‘off’ season. I know Florence was much busier than other times we have been there at this time of the year. We both think that our next venture will only to be more rural areas of places and leave the major cities of our itinerary. Lance & Barbara

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