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Last days of the Med

sunny 29 °C

After Athens, on to the Adriatic and Dubrovnik. What stunning views! We and our Canadian friends found a taxi driver who took us for an hour's drive, up the hill where the cable car goes, with various stops on the way "to make pictures", then dropped us at the old town. Was certainly good value, and cheaper than the ship's organised excursions. During our walk around the old town, we had lunch at a cafe in one of the alleyways, out of the heat (29C+). The owner was wearing the Croatian soccer strip, as they were playing Brazil in the World Cup that evening :). He was very friendly, and gave us all a complimentary starter of goat's cheese; not only that, but a free crepe for dessert. Not to mention the 2 free shots of ?? which some of the party were brave enough to try, others not!

Then on to Venice - docked at 1 p.m. so lots of people up on deck to watch the view as we made our way down the Grand Canal. One of the things that struck us as we watched was the number of towers that appear to be leaning! After docking we took a vaporetto into Piazza San Marco, and spent a few hours doing our usual thing of wandering round the streets, enjoying the new experiences and finding it hard to believe that here we were, actually in Venice. Were amazed (though probably should not have been) by the number of boats buzzing round on the canal - big ones and small ones. Looked to us as though there were a few close calls, but I guess the locals are used to that! The ship was docked there overnight, and on Saturday morning we took an excursion to Padua. An interesting town, but by that stage we were almost over walking round places in the heat. Maybe need to go back one day to do it justice! The tour finished at the airport about 1 pm, so as our flight didn't leave until 9.30, we took a local bus back into Venice and had some lunch in a cafe by a canal. Very slowly made our way back to the bus and the airport ready for our flight back to London.

To sum up the two weeks we have had away at sea .............fantastic. Best two weeks holiday ever.

Posted by brighting 10:02 Archived in Italy

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