July 10 - 14, 2023

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Exploring Venice: Hot days, cheap Italian wine, and loads of tourists ! 

Our sabbatical year began on July 10th when we flew from Montreal to Venice.  Venice was scorching (temperatures close to 40 degrees), but that didn't stop us from enjoying some good, cheap Italian wine. The city was packed with tourists, but I still had a good time wandering the canals and narrow streets.  We drank numerous Spritz, the local drink made with Aperol.

Venice: Enchanting, historic, canal-laden, and captivating.

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Venice islands: Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Lido & La Giudecca

We took an unlimited 48 hour boat pass (ACTV) and decided to explore the nearby islands.

Famous for its exquisite glass-making heritage, Murano's history spans back to the 13th century. Strolling along Murano's quaint streets, we marveled at the artistry displayed in the glass workshops, an ancient tradition that continues to thrive to this day.

A feast for the eyes, Burano greeted us with its vibrant and colorful houses lining the canals. Burano is known for its intricate lacework, an intricate craft passed down through generations.

Connected to Burano by a bridge, Mazzorbo offered a serene contrast and was my favorite island (no tourists!) This peaceful island, with its lush vineyards and vegetable gardens, exuded a rustic charm. It was a delightful escape from the bustling crowds.

Famous for its long stretch of sandy beaches, Lido is a popular destination for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts. 

La Giudecca:
Less crowded than its sister islands, La Giudecca offered a laid-back atmosphere. WE got stunning views of Venice's skyline.

Keep reading !  Bosnia was our next destination.

Made by Ian Wikarski, July 2023