Trip Start Mar 24, 2012
Trip End May 25, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Monday, April 9, 2012

We landed in Venice Airport and hopped straight on a boat to our house. So cool. Was astounded by how big Venice was and the fact that not a single car is on the island. The water lapping at the doorstep of many many houses was amazing. Boats, Ferries, Gondola's and bridges everywhere. Although there are the main tourist attractions to visit and see in Venice, the best part about it is Venice itself. I didn’t need to see a single Museum/Church etc just the homes, the bridges, the canals are amazingly beautiful. Every window ledge or old wooden door with decorative hinges is a sight in itself.

The first day in Venice we went to St Marks square and saw the Basilica, Bell tower and Doge’s Palace. Heaps of street performers again with beautiful gowns and masks. Masquerade balls originated in Venice. It seemed 50% of shops were made up of Masks and glass trinkets (also made in Venice). It was beautiful to see all the extravagant masks. We then caught a boat along the Grand canal to the Rialto Bridge, walked over the bridge and explored all the San Polo area and Dorsoduro district. Not alot to say about what we did, as it really was just constantly beautiful, walking along the canals and admiring the homes, marvelling at people getting out of their boat into their house and how this city ever came to be. Just so lovely. You’ll have to check out the photo of the view from our dining room- a canal!

The kids found a pile of sticks in our bedroom window ledge and when we came home that night it was made into a nest. The next day (Easter day) when they looked, they were so excited to find an egg. So we had both the Easter bunny and a Pigeon deliver eggs for Easter! So coincidental it was Easter day, Very special.

The next day we took a boat trip to Murano and Burano, smaller islands of Venice. Murano is famous for its glassware and has a beautiful town of shops along the canal with glass artwork everywhere. Burano is famous for lacework and it has the most colourful houses. I absolutely loved Burano. If any of you parents with small kids have seen the show Balamory (such an annoying kids show), it is exactly like that little town with different colour houses. The kids were walking along singing the theme song-"What’s the story in Balamory, wouldn’t you like to know" and trying to remember which characters lived in which colour house. We knew Archie’s in the Pink house and Josie Jump is in yellow.
I just wanted to live there! So cool and felt so wonderful.

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traveldreams on

What an awesome visit you've had in Venice. So brilliant you're able to create this journal complete with pictures as you go. It'll make the sequencing of memories so much easier when you get home. Manu/Everton game yesterday - 4 all draw..... London weather sunny, but cold I hear. I know you'll continue having fun. Ensure Covent Garden on your list of places to visit in London - famous for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House. Love the Heaths xxx

Vok on

Ok, you guys are just showing off now! I want a pic of Brad doing his breakdance pose in every major city! Meanwhile back in the real world, Brissy and I marched in our first Anzac Day parade...very sweet! Can't believe we meet you in Thailand in 2 and a half weeks!!!!! Getting v excited...time flies when you're having fun! xxxxx ps Gee, of all the kids knocking down an ancient wall??? I would never have guessed it could be the oldest of the 3. Not like Boo at all - yes, Brad I'm being SARCASTIC!

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