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VENICE - Day 2 - 12 August

Murano Glass

Walking through the Piazza this morning we were confronted by a representative of the Murano Glass Factory, offering free entry and transport. Amazing, we were just going to buy tickets at 20 Euros each, for a boat trip to Murano. We had a Speed boat to ourselves as we were zipped over to the Island.

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The skill is truly amazing, we watched a glass artist turn a lump of hot glass into a vase, and then another into a horse. Both were completed within about 5 minutes.

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It takes 15 years to learn the skill, and is traditionally only taught to a son. The factory was not operating when we were there as it is August and in typical Italian fashion - "Everybody is on holiday"

To walk through the display area is mind blowing.

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If you have 225,000 Euros (approx. $305,00) to spare, you could be the proud owner of a horse !

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I was in demand on the Promenade - absolutely everybody wants to be photographed with me.

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PARIS to VENICE 10th & 11th August

On the move again

Before leaving Paris you must have a Macaroon. Luckily we left it until the last day, they are delicious and very addictive.

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Arriving in Venice we were faced with the reality of water transport. Having been pre-warned we avoided the water taxi, apparently horrendously expensive, and took the water bus. Much cheaper and the view is the same.

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After unpacking we investigated the San Marco Piazza.

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Today (Sunday) we decided to just wander - so many tourists it is very crowded. Apparently a lot of people come over for the day, we are hoping tomorrow will be a little less manic.

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We stumbled across the Music Museum - free entry which was amazing.

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PARIS : The Notre Dame - 9th August

The wheels on the bus go round and round....

Back on the Bus today.
First stop the Gallerie Lafayette, one of the largest Dept stores in the world, and also very expensive.

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The view from the roof-top overlooking Paris -
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Back on the bus to the Notre Dame -

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And more scenery - it's all about being a Tourist today.

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The Seine :
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The Canberra - on the Seine, a long way from home.

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Our last night in Paris, which is also our Wedding Anniversary.
What better way to celebrate - Dinner in Paris and a walk along the Seine, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
We dined at La Fermetta Marbeuf - traditional and delicious French food.

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We walked back home along the Champs Eleysee, beautiful at night.

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Farewell Paris, tomorrow we leave for Venice.

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PARIS : The Eiffel Tower - 8th August

Tourists on a bus

Today we rode the Hop-on-off Bus around Paris, the easiest and best way to get around and see everything.

First stop for us was the iconic Eiffel Tower - larger than it looks in the photos - and very imposing.
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Yes that is a machine gun !!!

Back on the bus and around we went. The Architecture is amazing.

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Maxim's - the most famous Restaurant in Paris - a quick look at the menu convinced us it was a bad idea.
Lamb chops = 65 Euros ($97)

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Dinner & Dance at the Moulin Rouge is now 180 Euros ($240 pp) beyond our budget.

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Must have got a bit bored at this point - a "Selfie" on the bus.

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And then we caught up with a friend we met in Bormio (Italy - some weeks ago) and had a drink or two !!

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Dinner on the Champs Elysees and that was it for the day.

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PARIS - The Louvre - 7th August

The former Palace of the Kings of France

Day one of being a tourist - we visited the Louvre - home of the Mona Lisa.

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They say you should pre-buy your tickets - they would be right. Of course we decided on the day to go as it was raining so a day inside would be good. Never accounted for the line-up which took 1 1/2 hrs to get in.

Stage 1- First Quadrangle.
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Stage 2 Second Quadrangle- after 1 hour.
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Spot the happy Aussie, getting close to the big entry.
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And then finally we were in. And of course,then you have to actually buy your ticket, then line up for the toilet, and line up to buy lunch, and pounce on a table when one comes available. Very happy to sit for a few minutes and have lunch.
Then off we went to explore the Louvre - it is so huge you could not hope to see it all, even if you were in there for a week.

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Of course the most popular painting is the Mona Lisa - also known as La Gioconda (for those followers who need a little education along the way)

The rat pack pushing and shoving, trying to get to the front for their very own photo.

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Finally it was my turn.

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The paintings and other artworks are truly amazing.

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The Wedding Feast at Cana, Veronese.

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The consecration of the Emperor Napoleon 1, by J.L. David

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Usain Bolt (minus the lycra) -

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Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo"

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Captive - The Dying Slave, by Michelangelo.

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Psyche and Cupid, by A. Canova.

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Doing a "selfie"

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And that was enough inside for us today.

Louis XIV

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The magnificent Arc de Triomphe in daylight.

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And of course there is a Beer Station right near our hotel so Steve can have another one for Gavin.

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