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Bus Train Boat

10 Aug

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Unless you drive a car there is no direct way to go from Cortina in the Dolomites to old Venice out in the lagoon. For me it took a combination of bus, train, and vaporetto (water bus) and about half of a day to arrive at my next destination. The vaporetto in the photo is about to pull in to the station (the yellow and white platforms on floats) at St. Mark’s Square along the Grand Canal. The weather was hot and clear.

I left Cortina in the early morning on the Dolomiti Bus, which I must say, was very comfortable.

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Looking back on Cortina as we headed south.

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I saw the Cinque Torri one last time from below.

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We passed the Olympic ski jump.

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A picturesque old church.

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And a spring.

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I got really lucky with this shot from the bus window.

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The roads in the small towns are very narrow and here we had a standoff with another bus. We won. He had to back up so that we could both pass.

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Arriving in Calalzo. This whole valley from Cortina to Calalzo is so beautiful and the bike path was visible from the road most of the way.

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Transferring from bus to rail at Calalzo Pieve di Cadore.

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Then the transport became much faster. We left the mountains behind. The land became flatter and the houses looked more like this.

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And I have a few more photos, but wordpress won’t let me upload them.

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München ruft an.

3 Jun

Munich calling. Today my old college friend Barton called me to warn me about the weather in Munich. He says that winter has returned. It is cold and rainy. He added that I should bring winter clothes with me when I come. This news prompted me to check the temperatures again on weather.com. So here goes (in temperatures Fahrenheit):

  • St. Louis, MO                72-54
  • Zurich                             50-42
  • Konstanz                        47-41
  • Luzern                             50-42
  • Bolzano                          70-51
  • Colfosco                         46-40
  • Ortisei                             59-43
  • Cortina                           59-41
  • Venice                            72-57
  • Salzburg                         44-42
  • Munich                            46-44

Yes, it is quite cold. Today the Dolomites posted on Facebook that the skiing is still great now at the beginning of June. Venice, Italy has the warmest temperatures similar to those in my hometown.

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Me piace Burano

23 May

Researching Venezia to narrow down what I would really like to do and see in a day. Burano is an intriguing little island out in the lagoon about a 45-minute vaporetto ride from Venice. The houses there are painted all different bright colors and look very festive. The island is also known for handmade lace. Here is a youtube video I found of photos of Burano with a sound track of “That’s Amore”. This would be a good half day excursion to a new destination for me. I’ve already been to St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. (Did you know that there is an authentic chastity belt on display in the Doge’s palace?) I would like to get lost in little stradas and piazzas and take photos to my heart’s content. What do you think? Has anyone reading this been to Burano?

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The Neighborhoods of Venice

23 May

The Neighborhoods of Venice

A day in Venice! How many of these neighborhoods (sestiere) will I be able to see? The train station is in Cannaregio. My hotel is in San Marco but not far from the famous Rialto Bridge. I have read that Dorsoduro is the artsy area similar to Greenwich Village in New York City. That sounds like fun! Here is a link to Frommer’s Guide to the sestiere of Venice.

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/venice/0067025074.html

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Detour Ahead! Avanti!

21 May

Detour Ahead! Avanti!

Slight change of plans and I am excited all over again. I’m going to Venice! After my hike in the Dolomites I will spend an entire day roaming the streets and canals of this exotic city on the Adriatic Sea. I have seen the major sights before. No tours. I just want to walk the streets and ride the vaparettos on the Grand Canal, to see the light from the water play on the facades of the palazzos. I remember well the first time I arrived in Venice. My train had just pulled in from Florence and I was walking toward the doors of the station. I saw water right in front of me, and my first thought was “Look at that giant swimming pool.” Not quite, just the Grand Canal.
Here are a couple of current photos pulled from Trip Advisor.

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This is St. Mark’s Square. My hotel is not far from this location. Housed in two old buildings Hotel Panada will provide me with a culture and ambience distinct from the Tyrolean and Ladin culture of the mountains I have just left.

http://www.hotelpanada.it/

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