Wednesday, October 23, 2019


We cruised into Venice, Italy like conquering heroes. At very few knots, it took us about an hour to get from the beginning of Venice to our ultimate berth. And what grand views of the city we had all along the way.

The day's tour started with a boat ride around to Murano for a visit to a glass blowing facility. Glass blowing came to Murano in 1291 when banned from Venice proper due to fire risk.

Then it was on to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore to visit the church there. There was also an interesting glass block structure in a small park behind the church.

And last but not least, a gondola ride!

Then one last evening and dinner on the boat. The next morning was disembarking. The Underwoods and Fosters stayed in Venice most of the day and left that evening on an overnight Venice-to-Paris train. We strolled about town near the Venice St. Lucia train station and stumbled into the residential, "locals" area of town. And lots of churches (Jamie's fave)! And how about another gondola ride! There may have also been another carbonara consumed.

Then onto the train and off to Paris. The rooms were quite spacious compared to Amtrak counterparts, but there was much left to desire when it came to the cafe car.

All the Venice photos are here.

Entering Venice

Murano glassworks

San Giorgio Maggiore

Day 2 in Venice.

Lynn enjoyed several interesting floor patterns.

A working 16th Century clock works.

Paris here we come!

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