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Italia, the end…. and the beginning

Welcome back so where were we? oh yes so moving on from beautiful Florence it’s just another quick (ish) train ride to Venice. nothing could prepare me for just how stunning this city is. even more so i was surprised by the water, now don’t get me wrong i knew the city is built around the grand canal with plenty of little of shoots, but i was surprised by how far into the city these went, but i loved it.

The hotel was a lovely quiet canal, a 10 minute walk from the station with rooms overlooking one of the canals. the room had a gorgeous 4 poster bed, a first for me and shutters instead of curtains outside the large french windows which led to a balcony. The staff also left  helpful hints to enjoy Venice by!

http://www.palazzocendon.it

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one of the main attractions in the city is the Doges Palace, which along with housing a lot of interesting historical artifacts and information about the city and its leading family’s it also houses the dungeons Cassanova escaped from in 1756, definitely worth a visit on any trip to the city

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there are many different modes of transportation on offer in the city, walking is the cheapest, fastest and best way to explore all the nooks and crannies, water taxi is by far the most expensive but will get you close to main streets.Alternatively there is the waterbus which is relatively chap and has stops at most of the major sites around he city, prices start from 7 euro for a one way trip or you can buy tourist passes which allow unlimited usage over 1-2 days for 20-30 euros.

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However you absolutely cannot visit the city without taking a gondola ride . Prices start from 80 euros per boat ( which can seat upto 6). there are gondola stations all over the city and near to many of the major bus routes. any are manned by gondoliers in uniform and there are sometimes a range of routes on offer at varying price increases. I’m guessing that demand differs through the year, as it was January dusk seemed the best time to view the city as the sun falls and the lights come on.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and a city i will never forget

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So it is arrivederci to Italy and……. well who knows where next

When in Rome…..

So last week I flew to Rome to celebrate my birthday, travelling for my birthday has become a new tradition.

so a quick look through my travel guide-book and some sticky labels later I had selected a few different places I definitely wanted to visit

1) Roman Forum, Palatine and Colosseum

This building easily dominates the area, it is an imposing yet beautiful structure. Booked on the VIP tour ensured we would get views others did not have access to including the dungeons and upper ring. Using a relatively new company as tour guides, we were not disappointed, they were knowledgeable, entertaining and kind to my budget

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2) Vatican City

Coming from a non-religious background I was more interested in the historical aspect of this place, and it did not disappoint, using a guided tour to ensure nothing would be missed. I visited both the museum and the Vatican and was taken on a journey through the history of the Popes and the development of the City.

One of the most awe-inspiring room without doubt is the Sistine Chapel, in which there is an enforced no speaking and no photography rule.

would 100% recommend a visit, regardless of your religious beliefs

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3) Pompeii

A train to Naples and then from there and for less than 10 euros you can use the Circumvesuviana and get a local train to Pompeii. (note if using the local trains ensure you have validated your tickets at the stations before travelling or you will be fined)

Entry to the Park is only 11 euros per person and 5 extra for an audio guide, this I would definitely recommend f not on a guided tour. Following the free map you will be able to navigate your way around the site and take in whichever of the site you wish. there are time indicators for how long each path will take.

Seeing the site where an entire community was wiped out and seeing the plaster cast remains of some of those found is a truly humbling experience, as well as the other aspects of their daily life, Baths, Bakery’s and Brothels

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The Mule Man, found shielding his face from the ash cloud and next to the remains of his mule

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Beds and helpful hints at the Brothel

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Myself and Vesuvius!

Next time we visit Florence and Pisa

Arrivederci till then

Arrivederci

Bonjourno,  see I’m practically fluent.  Flying out today to Italia to visit as much as possible within the 7 days. The plan is to take in Rome,  the Vatican,  Pompeii, Florence,  Pisa and Venice all in the 7 days. I’m packed the essentials, passport, pants and pyjamas.

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But for me it’s also a chance to try and expand my photography skills, a little limited at the moment.
I’ve also decided to try and journal as much as I can in a good old fashioned book

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currently sat in the departure lounge partaking in one of my favourite past times, people watching. You can see almost every type of person waiting to fly at the airport so before my flight is called I’m of to spot the lovers, the mothers and the solo explorers

Arrivedirci for now

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