After the tour of the Doge’s Palace we met up with Bruce and Viv and decided a Grand Canal cruise was next on the agenda. We visited a couple of ticket booths, but the 18:30, which was the last guided cruise of the day was fully booked. No problem, we headed to the Aqua Bus, which runs regular service all along the Grand Canal.
Sea Princess arrived in Venice at 14:00 and today we planned to discover the attractions of Venice on our own. To be more precise, we planned to visit Doge’s Palace, take a cruise on the Grand Canal and if time, visit St. Marks’s Square and Basilica. We were heading into town with friends Bruce and Viv, so once we were all ready we set off on the hike to the Princess shuttle. Just missed the 15:00 shuttle, which departed just as we arrived, but we got the next one, which dropped us off next to Doge’s Palace about 15:30.
Venice, Italy – 14:00 to 23:59
An interesting morning today, as our daughter’s almost daily video updates on our grandson’s progress has got us to finally admit we are missing too many milestones. Add to the equation my dad is also coming to Vancouver in September and our son and daughter-in-law are visiting from Dubai, so the magnetic pull of home has finally reached 1/2 way around the world, solidly grabbing our attention. It is something I have been contemplating for a couple of days and when presenting the argument to Judi, it was a very short discussion. To summarise, Aussie touring is cancelled and in Southampton, I will reschedule flights to head home mid-September.
Oh yes, we’re in Venice today and tomorrow.