Monday, 14 May 2012


Hello everyone, how are you?  We are in Florence at the moment and about to head to the countryside in Tuscany but first let me share a little about Venice.  It is an amazing place and I'm so very glad we've had the privilege of visiting.  It is certainly interesting getting around as the maps don't match up with the street signs.  Lucky hubby has a good sense of direction and we only got lost a few times which lead to new discoveries.  Here are some photos of some of our experiences.
The view from our hotel window.  I stuck my head out the window to take this photo.  The steps are a bridge over a canal.  We could see Gondolas and often heard people being serenaded during their ride.  

Standing on the bridge not far from where I painted a scene of Venice.  I'm still sick and look rather disgusting in this photo.  :)
The exact scene from my Venice painting.  It was such a thrill to see it with my own eyes.
 We went on a Gondola ride which was wonderful.  It is very peaceful on the water and we have great admiration for the skill of the Gondoliers as they navigate their way around other Gondolas, water taxis and boats delivering produce to restaurants.  Here are some photos from our ride.  Our Gondolier's name was Fabio and he was lovely.

We visited the Bell Tower and were rewarded with beautiful views of Venice.

This is just a little taste of all the wonderful things we saw in Venice.  It was a wonderful experience on many different levels from observing how the Venetians go about their everyday lives to acknowledging that Venetian women have style.

My next installment will be from Florence.  Until then, take care,

Anne  xx 

 P.S.  Hubby and I are both back in good health which is very, very nice!


  1. beautiful pictures Annie - so glad you're having fun (how could you not!) and thanks for sharing the ride!
    Venice is defo on my list of places to Mum is touring Italy (alone!) later this tempted to join her for a weeekend!
    happy days
    fee x

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to post Anne. What a wonderful adventure!! And marvelous photos. Amazing to think that you are living a dream fulfilled...standing, running, dancing! Glad you're feeling well again. Much love Catherine x0x0x

  3. Just caught up with your last few posts Anne - looks like you are having a fabulous time. Great photos. It is about 25yrs since I did my European travels and I'm dead jealous! Loved Venice - can't wait to see it again. Lucky you. I'll be following your travels closely. cheers Wendy

  4. Oh, how wonderful Anne, lovely photos.

    I love the last pic.......all the rooftops and how amazing was it to see the exact location of that great picture you painted?

    Glad you're both feeling better, nothing worse than being ill when you're on hols.....

    Claire x

  5. Looks like you are having a fabulous time in Italy. Your pictures are gorgeous. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. :)

  6. amazing photos! I'm enjoying seeing two reports on your travels and getting to see a few extra photos!

  7. It's good to hear you're both back in fine fettle.

    Lovely photos.

  8. I'm so happy for you that you got to see the scene from your painting. Venice looks beautiful

  9. Wow! What a gorgeous pictures, Anne!
    Sounds you are having a wonderful time in Italy.
    I would love to know Italy, principally Venice, Florence and Rome.
    I am glad you're feeling well again.
    Thanks for sharing.


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