St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Square is that famous central gathering spot in Venice, the one you see on the travel shows. Here’s a look at it on a quiet evening with a lovely couple taking a photo:

BU214S8TSJaUMYK1qmUrqgDuring the day, things are crowded but on this morning, I got lucky.

DSC_3529There’s the famous clock to be seen with the many visitors:

DSC_3538And here’s a view from the canal, which shows why this place easily floods:

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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:

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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.

 

Grand Duomo Accommodations, Florence, Italy

Grand Duomo Accommodations is apartment style rentals located across the street from the Grand Duomo, as the name implies. We went for the big room with a view and here’s what we saw in the evening from the bedroom window:

Q8Ua1tBrT%S5Iej2e48p%gOf course, through the other windows you’re looking down at the plaza. It’s worth every penny. The bedroom looks like this:

QNDw%H6fRJW29T4s64rEGgPlenty of space, plenty of light. There’s a sort of kitchen on the wall, behind doors that open easily for meal prep. Check it out:

5yse48nsR6WMm1CC1wTmogI used the little cooktop to make our breakfasts and snacks. The bathroom was large and well appointed:

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Finally, on the top floor is a beautiful lounge area with an equally impressive view. Sorry, this photo doesn’t do it justice. Believe me, for evening drinks or an afternoon chat, go up there and relax:

riB5vi4URT+WPKYDXUlC%QWe drank a few bottles of wine and met some people from Lithuania. Was a great time!