Venice 17th to 21st March 2008
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Our flight from Gatwick London took approximately two and half hours, arriving at Marco Polo Airport in Venice early afternoon. We had , the previous day, travelled to The Renaissance Hotel close to Gatwick Airport to stay the night. We would recommend doing this to anyone who has a morning flight and there are many hotels to choose from. We had a pleasant night's sleep, arriving at the airport by Hoppa Bus which had picked us up from the hotel, nice and fresh not having to drive up from Portsmouth in the morning rush hour traffic. The other benefit to be gained, is that you are able to leave your car in the hotel car park for the duration of your trip, free of charge. So the cost of the hotel is not that expensive - saving the expensive airport car park charges.
Getting our luggage at Marco Polo Airport was slick and quick and we then had to walk, signs telling us that it would take seven minutes, to the pier where we were to catch a launch to take us to Piazza S. Marco (St. Marks Square). We had decided to take this form of transport rather than the train, as it would enable us to see parts of Venice and travel down canals that we wouldn't otherwise see and do.The journey took approximately forty five minutes and was very pleasant.Our hotel was on an island called Giudecca Island, opposite where we had arrived at St. Mark's Square and we had a short wait for the hotel launch , which runs every twenty minutes, to take us to the hotel itself.
Having checked in and shown to our very nice and spacious room, we decided with Sue and Eddie, to take our time unpacking and then explore the hotel. We would also eat that evening in the hotel and have a reasonably early night, our exploration of Venice starting tomorrow.