Gatwick to Venice
28.01.2016 - 29.01.2016
Early start to the day, and a quick flight and we’re in Venice. Unbelievable really – check out the floor of the baggage hall in Venice Marco Polo airport! Stunning.
Quick check-in at the hotel, then caught the bus into Venice proper. And then just walked – with open mouths I’m sure. It was slightly foggy still, and not too many other tourists, so we had an amazing afternoon strolling around the San Polo and San Croce regions. Found the fish market! Saw some amazing buildings, and everywhere masks, capes and costumes for sale for the carnival. Unfortunately we’re going to miss it – but I think being able to walk around without the crowds had been fabulous.
Back to the hotel to meet up with the Ski tour group. It’s a mixture of NZ and Aussies – and everyone seems to be keen to have a good time.
After breakfast on Friday, we all piled into vans to head into Venice to get a water taxi out to Murano for a glass blowing demonstration and tour. It was another foggy start to the day – but warmer than yesterday and the sun was trying to come out. The trip through the canals and out to Murano Island in one of those fabulous wooden launches was stunning. I know I’m going to run out of superlatives for Venice, but never mind. The factory we visited was family run, and specialised in chandeliers. The host was and ex-rugby player, and archer - so he and JT had a great chat. There were some stunning examples of their wares on display, as well as some amazing glassware, jewellery, vases, & sculptures. So glad we went out there.
Another ride on a water taxi later we were back into the main islands again. Wandered through some side streets, checking out cafés to have a coffee with two other couples. Finding some really good espresso here, then onto San Marco & Palazzo Ducale – now I really have run out of superlatives! I’m not sure the pictures do it proud, but you get the idea.
There are lots more photos of Venice in the photo gallery - check them out if you have the time.
Found our way back to the bus depot around 5pm (just on dark) and then back to the hotel. Off to Arrabba tomorrow, and the skiing begins.