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Oct-2015

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Karen   /  
Chocolate fondue

Chocolate fondue

One of the creations that our cabin steward made for us at night

One of the creations that our cabin steward made for us at night

Oct 22 & 23

The last two days have been nothing much to report, as we have been on the ship full time. Yesterday was a sea day. We had plans for the pool as it was forecast to be 27 degrees, however unfortunately the wind sprung up and it was a howling gale outside with rough seas. We ended up spending the day reading, playing cards & Monopoly, eating (quite a lot), watching a couple of shows and generally relaxing on this great ship.
Today was similar. We arrived in Venice (via tugboat) at 2pm to a beautiful sunny day. The views from the ship as it cruised right into Venice were truly magnificent. I could not believe how close it went to the shoreline. Gran, Caleb, Daniel, Matthew and I spent a lovely afternoon in the sunshine playing table tennis after docking, while Poppy and Josh formed our advance party to investigate how on earth we were going to get all of us and our luggage to the apartment we have rented in central Venice. We obviously can’t just take a taxi door to door. After some hours, the intrepid investigators returned with a plan of attack for tomorrow. Our final dinner was in the fancy French restaurant on board, where Josh and I once again enjoyed what he says was the best dessert he’s ever had…chocolate fondue. We’ve already packed our cases and left them outside our door where they have been picked up and will be on the pier waiting for us when we disembark. Yet another little thing that makes a big difference when you’re carting around stuff for seven people. What an amazing time we’ve had. It will be hard to be making our own decisions again, let alone cooking, shopping, cleaning etc etc. We’ll even have to make our own beds. The shock of it!

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  1. Sue /

    What a tough life as a non-cruising traveller; even making your own beds! But, yes, the logistics of managing large family groups while travelling is something we remember well..
    What a wonderful 12 days you’ve had on and off the ship; something for which yo’ll all be very thankful.
    I wonder how your gastronomic adventures will figure in your travelling memories? Best dessert (chocolate fondue), best souvlaki (in Athens with George), Tim’s best meal ever (in one of your chamber du hotels while cycling) and others I will have missed.
    Enjoy Venice. If any of you were into crime fiction, I could share with you one of my Donna Leon books which are very evocative of the Venetian ambience.
    Lots of love to all, G&G/S&I

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