Sunday, October 24, 2010

to points far away and now home again

It is what dreams are made of, those destinations far from home, the journey travelled and the people we met along the way.

It has long been a desire to visit Venice, Italy.  In the best laid plans, we were to arrive mid day in Venice, have the balance of Thursday, a full day Friday and Saturday morning to explore in Venice.  Mid day became a late day arrival due to flight delays.  Luggage collected, water bus tickets purchased we started the first of luggage treks.  If only luggage came with a remote control to just 'walk' along beside you!.  Once aboard the water bus our journey towards San Marco included a stop in Murano and the Lido before reaching our destination of San Marco.    From the waterfront we headed towards the Doges Palace, the Basilica, through crowds of people standing in awe of the Basilica and headed towards the opposite end of the Square looking for our destination of Locanda Orseolo.  It took a bit to confirm we were on the right direction as the directions we had didn't include crossing over a small bridge.  In front of us, a gondola moored at the edge of the small canal.  And to our left at the bridge many more gondolas.  Thanks goodness DH managed the larger suitcases  up and over the bridge.  Then through a courtyard to a large iron gate, one more courtyard and we made it to our destination.    Locanda Orseolo is wonderful.  Our room faced a canal.  The view was wonderful........and the steps to get to our room...good exercise.  Next time we will opt for a first floor room!!   

More of our travels to follow, where we headed next and photos to post.

Yesterday was Venice to Vancouver, a very, very long travel day.  We're happy to be home.  Quincy is even happier that he's home too!