We arrived in Venice and boarded a ten person water taxi into the Grand Canal
. Amazing. Hard to describe, except to reiterate from earlier postings that we live in a fascinating world. Changed over to a gondola and up and down the canals we went. Two hours later, an after an authentic gelato, we arrived at our hotel for the night. Venice is a strangely beautiful place.
We look forward to spending a little more time around it in the morning.
(This was another day we travelled through many tunnels - the longest being 17km. The ingenuity in this part of the world is worth taking note of.)
We ended our afternoon on the water with a beautiful sunset - and felt enormously blessed.
We hit the road at 7.30 again, headed for the 1900 metre high Mt Stanserhorn in the Swiss alps, accessed by a wooden funicular and the CabriO cable car. Another major achievement for me given my dislike of heights. When I saw the CabriO I did wonder if I could do this one, but having come all this way, I wasn't going to be beaten. Being foggy did give me some advantage! Back on the road again for the journey to Venice. The scenery through the Alps was amazing. Unlike anything we have seen before really - not like NZ or the Rocky Mts. Sheer, dramatic, narrow with many escarpments with marble faces. Very beautiful. And dotted throughout, little houses, vineyards on terraces, cows with bells and glacial riverbeds. As we passed through the border of Switzerland and Italy we saw many vineyards and typical Italian houses - 2 stored rambling alpine dwellings. Just as you see in magazines, on TV, films.