What a wonderful city Venice is! We have explored it from top to toe and found many special gems in a city very different to anything we have found so far. We started the day taking the bus to our water taxi and had a leisurely cruise from the port into town. There were several cruise ships in the port and we had a chance to familiarise ourselves with the place we will start our cruise from later in the month.
On the way to the city centre we passed a magnificent private luxury boat. It was massive and obviously full of all the modern fittings. We discovered from our boat skipper that it is owned by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen. We could only imagine what it would be like to holiday on such a wonderful boat.
We disembarked near St Marks Square and had a couple of hours of free time. Jenny and Jen and I did a bit of shopping and had a delicious pizza at a little restaurant right beside a canal. A very real Venice experience.
Once we had all gathered back together again we boarded our water taxi for a cruise around the islands of Venice. This was fascinating as we saw Venice from a very different perspective and observed parts of the city you can't see from the streets. We eventually landed on Burano Island, a lovely secluded settlement with distinctively coloured houses and small canals. We wandered and shopped for a while and mingled with the locals.
We finished tour of the island with a wonderful Venetian meal in a local restaurant. The food kept coming and the beer and wine was flowing so we had a great night. It was Fathers Day so we had a special photo of all the Dads. We also had bought some Venetian masks and Jenny and I won the bottle of sparkling for the best masks.
After a slow journey back across the lagoon to the city and our bus we staggered back to our hotel for a well earned sleep.