Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Another one of those must-see place, the Rialto Bridge definitely has its charm. Best seen from a gondola ride:

DSC_3588On terra firma, you can see how crowded it is:

DSC_3544Packed with visitors and junk sellers. Detracts a little from the experience. Walk over then find a good restaurant a few minutes away.

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Gondola Ride, Venice, Italy

 

As long as we’re in Venice, let’s go for a Gondola ride. Some may think this is a silly tourist adventure. Forget that. It was fun and interesting to see the buildings at water level, passing through the smaller canals for a peek at how life flows in this exotic city. Check it out:

There was some singing, lots of photos, and great views of some Venice sights. Highly recommend this to all.

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Hotel Flora, Venice, Italy

Hotel Flora offers a convenient place to stay in Venice, Italy. You’ll be only a few minutes (as in 2 minutes) walk from the water bus stop. With hand luggage, it’s easy, so pack light. Then down a narrow alley, you’ll find the door:

DSC_3521A basic room is all you need here. It’s comfortable and well appointed:

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Bathroom was a little small but worked perfectly:

DSC_3518In the lounge on the ground floor, they serve a great breakfast, so go with that option when making your reservation:

RCj1D9qiQ5qKklQ1l%sh8gAnd there’s also this tiny bar, where I had a nice drink and some time to sit and chat:

DSC_3604Very friendly and competent service here. They arranged for a water taxi to take me back to the airport and it was spot on time. This is a good value in Venice. Linger and enjoy.

Michaelangelo’s David

No trip to Florence, Italy, would be complete without seeing Michaelangelo’s David. It is a remarkable statue. Here’s a view of the setting:

0aH88DVAR3emhjp86mJjQAA large crowd comes to see this and the other works on display. There are several blocks of marble that Michaelangelo had been working on but abandoned. You see one on the right side of the photo above. There are as interesting as David. Here’s a closer look at David:

Ad8G87lyTqiD4ta0NK7tSwGet the skip the line type of ticket to visit the Accademia where the statue is located. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting a long time in very long line. Worth it.