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Special Holiday Follow Up.. part1


By waddy


I promised I would put together a blog of our special holiday in Venice taken in early September to celebrate my husband Richard’s 70th birthday in August and our up and coming Ruby Wedding Anniversary on Christmas Eve. I was rather a long trip, so you might want to go and put the kettle on and make a cuppa before you begin…I did post a few photos of our hotel in an earlier blog, but here are a few more to begin with.

The red carpeted entrance



The pool

This sculpture is called ‘The Flute’

Swimming pool

Keep fit any one? Not for me thank you.

Sun Loungers if you just want to be lazy.

Right, enough of the hotel, it’s time we went to Venice…

We’re going to need a boat, so off to equivalent of the the Bus Station in Venice.

A Venetian theater costume


The Bridge of Sighs, so named because as the prisoners passed from the courts to the prisons it was from here the prisoners got their last view of Venice.

St Mark’s Basilica

Piazza San Marco

A hotel on the canal

San Marco Square

This must be the most expensive tray of 2 Cafe Lattes ever. It was on my Bucket List to have a coffee in St Mark’s Square and listen to the Orchestra, so we did and paid the equivalent of £25 for the privilege, but worth every penny in my book, but not in my very Yorkshire husbands I may add.

The Orchestra, San Marco.

A view down the Grand Canal from one of the any bridges.

The passion for leaving padlocks with the lovers names written on them, on bridges sees to have migrated from Paris to Venice. Let’s hope the pollution problem doesn’t move here too.

A typical Venetian building

Even Venetians have to wash!

A back street the tourist rarely sees

Fast Food!

The board tells you all..

This was a photo shoot for a bridal magazine. Doesn’t she look beautiful?

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. I promise to take you to the Islands of Murano and Burano when we’re all fully rested…that’s if you want to of course…

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Venice is on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your trip, a very memorable time I'm sure.

14 Oct, 2015


Don't leave it too long Paul. It's a tiring place to visit.

14 Oct, 2015


Thanks Waddy for a lovely blog. Great to see Venice again after fifty years . . . it was almost deserted then!

14 Oct, 2015


Enjoyed the tour of Venice when we went it was absolutely roasting and very few places to sit and find shade but a lovely place think I will pass on the coffe.

14 Oct, 2015


Loved this, I have never been to Venicebut your blog has just taken me there and I really like what I see.

I couldn't have resisted the tray of coffee in St Mark's Square either!

14 Oct, 2015


Great blog Waddy, a very memorable holiday and your photo's are really lovely to see, thankyou so much for sharing...

15 Oct, 2015


What a great birthday treat - thank you for sharing it.

15 Oct, 2015


What a memorable time you have had Waddy ! Something to cherish as you look back on all your photos ! I had to smile when you said about Richard ( my husbands name too ) with the price of the Latte as I would have been amazed if we had one at all ! Hahaa!
Thank you for sharing this with us and looking forward to the next ones !

16 Oct, 2015


Thank you everyone for your kind comments I am glad you enjoyed the blog.

17 Oct, 2015


I loved looking through this blog ... honeymoon memories for me!

19 Oct, 2015


Thank you for sharing your trip it took me back over 40 years when I was there. It doesn't look as though its changed at all, I do remember having the best pizza ever & also the best ice-cream in the world there. At night, the air cooled & changed completely into something magical.

19 Oct, 2015


Thanks you two. Glad I was able to rekindle some old memories.

22 Oct, 2015


Sorry I'm late seeing this Julia,as you know,we were away at the time..but so many memories for me in your photo's.and for you too...We would have passed on the coffees too,and headed for the back streets ,with the locals..penny pinching,or euro pinching in this case ! Lol..
I don't think there is anywhere with the atmosphere of Venice,.it's certainly a wonderful experience..x

23 Oct, 2015


Normally we wouldn't have paid that kind of price either Sandra, but as it was going to be our last visit to Venice and it was an experience on my bucket list it had to be done lol!

24 Oct, 2015


:o)..and do you have anything left on your bucket list,Julia?you seem to have ticked off lots of them.. apart from meeting me for lunch ! Lol x

24 Oct, 2015


Lots Sandra, lots!

24 Oct, 2015


I bet Richard doesn't know...yet ! Lol x

24 Oct, 2015


Ha, ha! No not all, but he soon will lol!!

24 Oct, 2015


A memorable holiday indeed....looking forward to reading the conclusion☺😄😃

4 Nov, 2015

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