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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Venice.......last day

Last Day in Venice….all aboard the Ruby Princess

Our last day in Venice started at 5:00am, well for me anyway, getting up, finishing the blog and setting out to roam the streets of Venice one last time. I left the hotel at 6:00 am and made my way to the vaporetto boat stop and caught the 6:45 to the Rialto Bridge. Walked on over to St. Mark’s Square and I found it mostly deserted except for street sweepers and workers erecting barricades for the entrance to the Doge Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral.

As I took a few photos I noticed other photographers in the Square also. Two Japanese guys with cameras kept following me around and using the same perspective that I had just used. I finally smiled and introduced myself. They spoke very little English but they did say they liked the compositions I was using. I showed them a couple more great photos to take and they were very thankful. From what I gathered they were just new to photography, yet carrying around a big Canon and big Nikon. I showed the Nikon guy how to put the Mode dial on Manual and using and f/16 lens stop he could vary the shutter speed. I decided to head back to the Rialto Bridge and catch the boat back to the hotel and have breakfast with MA. On the walk back I ran across a great photo op of St. Mark’s bell tower. It is at the top.

Breakfast at the hotel was great plus I made a ham and cheese sandwich there for a snack later. We got all packed and out of the room by 11:30 and arranged for transportation to the Ruby Princess. At 1:15 our luggage porter met us in the lobby, loaded our stuff on his cart and we were off to the other side of the train station where our transport van was waiting. A short 20 minute ride to the ship and we were deposited at the embarkation point. Our luggage was tagged and sent onto the ship. We got checked in aboard, got our ship ID cards, passed security, and we were ready to go, one of our favorite parts of these trips! We are on the 11th deck on the starboard side near the stern (that’s back of the boat for you land lovers).

We had lunch in the open dining room (notice the consistency there!) and went back to unpack the bags but unfortunately they had not yet been delivered to our cabin. Four hours later we still did not have bags and mysteriously the ship began to rock and roll, not from weather and waves, it was from MA, tracking down the bags. By the time she was finished the ship’s purser himself was down in the luggage area personally looking for three black bags with bright green straps! Good thing too! I hate tears.

We’re off now to our sit-down dinner and to scope out our table mates. Later! WW

MA and I are back from our first dinner with our new friends, Tracie and Jerrod, newlyweds from Long Island, NY who just got married in Venice! Tracie is a professional photographer (weddings & travel) and Jerrod is a police officer from Suffolk County. The other couple is Charlotte and Mike from Nashville, TN. After dinner MA and I walked to the Princess Theater and attended a performance by the Venice Chamber Orchestra. Some of the music was accompanied by an Italian tenor who had one heck of a voice. Well, tomorrow we sail at 8:00 for Athens. See ya. WW

Venice public transportation


  1. Hi Wayne!
    You couldn't have asked for a better combination of dinner companions! A policeman and his wife the photographer...imagine that! This was a charming report, and funny, too. :) Love, love, love your 2nd shot of the bell tower in St. Mark's Square, above. Isn't life GRAND? Love, Nola

  2. Wayne/MA,

    What a great "closest thing to being there" visit to France you provided us in this travel blog - thanks. I'm looking forward to the next phase of your trip and the associated commentary and photos.

    Have another God blessed day - dave b.

  3. Morris and Linda WestSeptember 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Hi Wayne and MA. You probably don't remember us but we were one of your passenger friends on your Alaska trip, Morris and Linda West. Just wanted to say we really enjoy following you on your trips and thanks for including us. We are headed to the Eastern Carribean on the Emerald Princess in November. Maybe we'll see you there!

  4. Do you remember where you took the top picture from?


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