Category Archives: Italy

Travel Photos – Bridges in Venice

You can’t think of Venice without bridges and the ones at canal-level all humpbacked to let the gondolas and other boats through. I loved them all! These are a few of my favourites.      

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Getting a Good Cappuccino in Venice

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a cappuccino freak and have finally managed to produce something fairly decent at home. In most French cafés, however, the cappuccino leaves something to be … Continue reading

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Travel Photos – Venetian Doors

We did a lot of walking in Venice and saw a lot of doors with often intricate decorations. These are just a few!

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Friday’s French – Venetian blinds & persiennes

When you grow up in Australia, you know all about Venetian blinds. They are not nearly as popular in France and most people don’t know how to use them. We had them at the French university where I taught and … Continue reading

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Secret Venice – the Gondola Ride

On our last trip to Venice seven years ago, we chose not to go on a gondola ride – it seemed too much of a cliché. Instead we took the little traghetto ferry across the Grand Canal. This time, however, … Continue reading

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Secret Venice – Exploring the Lagoon – Treporti and Erasmo

We have already visited Burano, Murano and Tortello, the best known islands in the Venetian lagoon. We want to return to Burano and Murano but also go to Erasmo via the Lido and Treporti. The sun is shining when we … Continue reading

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Stories of Venice at the Accademia

We didn’t go to the Accademia in Venice last time and I’m not really sure what is awaiting us but the weather isn’t brilliant so a gallery seems like a good idea. Housed in the former Scuola della Carità, the … Continue reading

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The Best View in Venice, a Disappointing Lido and Sunset at Santa Elena

It’s the first of May, Labour Day, and the sun is shining brightly unlike the day we arrived. There’s a gondola race in Venice but it’s not in the centre and we’re afraid of the crowds. Instead, we head for … Continue reading

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Breakfast at Caffè Florian, Palazzo Grimmani and dinner at Al Vecio Bragosso

Seven years ago, we had an aperitivo on the terrace of the mythical Caffè Florian on Piazza San Marco, Venice’s oldest café, which dates back to 1720. This time, we’re having a late breakfast, but inside, surrounded by romantic art … Continue reading

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On the Water in Venice

I am fascinated by the activity on the canals and lagoons in Venice. I can sit and watch them for hours. There are no vehicles of course and everything has to be transported by water. [Sorry about the sound – … Continue reading

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