Munich to Venice, including Austria

Venice Travel Blog

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Short bus ride to Innsbruck, time to shop, got some swarovski earrings but am too scared to wear them in case i lose them.  saw the perfect gift for my sister in law a big eyeore in crystal, but it was just too expensive, worked out to 300 dollars, and would be petrified i would break it carrying it around in my backpack. got to taste some flavoured schnapps and bought a couple of bottles.  There are lots of different sizes and shaped bottles and you choose your bottle and favourite flavour and the woman fills up your bottle and labels it and wraps it up, well sealed too, havent dared to open it just in case i cant get the lid back on.

more driving to litchenstein-last chance to spend those francs before we go back to euros

went to australian "walkabout" bar tonight with some people from the group, drank barcardi breezers and talked crap, met nice barmen, one with lots of tattoos and piercings

8 may

a whole day in venice

bus ride to the port and ferry onto the island as our hotel is on the mainland

saw a glass blowing demonstration, he made a lovely horse, looks very diffficult and fragile, whole shop like a beautiful big museum some lovely pieces, very tempting, but far too easy to break

went into the bascillica and museum, some amazing views from the top of the museum, well worth the money even just for the views.  Then a chance for a little window shopping. the Gondolas were a surreal experience, relaxing, lots to see and hear, felt quite pampered, lovely soft seats too, and polite man on our boat. the gondolas, truly an amazing experience, the only thing that could have made it better was if I had someone special to share it with.  one of the couples from our group went off on their own on the gondolas and he proposed-how sweet-really nice couple-am very happy for them.  We had lovely warm weather.

optional dinner-not many of the group went-but it was really good value-ended up drinking lots and lots of white wine, and champagne and the food was unbeliveably good, best dinner in ages!  lots of courses starting with antipasto, delicious meats including yummy prociutto and salami and some of the most enormous green olives i have ever seen, followed by seafood including tiny perfectly cooked tender little squid and other seafood in a light lemon and oil dressing-yum, everyone else then had many kinds of pasta, while two of us had really nice risotto, so filling and delicious.  then a delicious chocolate mouse and strong expresso.  Ended the meal deliciously drunk and very full, great company, nice conversation (alcohol makes me chatty) and incredible food. well work the money

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