We stayed at a lovely cottage Villa Olanda B & B and apartments in Mira Porte. Our cottage was one of three set in the back of an estate. We had two bedrooms and an open concept living and kitchen area. We also had table and chairs outside to enjoy the well- manicured garden.Our landlord, Eliseo Nicoli, was kind and very helpful with anything we needed.  The cottage is a 20-minute train ride to Venice.
We spent a couple of days exploring Venice. I love Venice. The first day we discovered the waterbuses, inexpensive and very efficient. Did you know that there are 410 bridges and 118 islands that are part of Venice? There are so many side streets to explore but we were not able to do them all. One really needs another day at least – we had two – to explore more of Venice.


waterbus stop
We took a waterbus to the island of Murano where they make the famous Murano glass. Well worth a visit. Some of the glass pieces of art were truly masterpieces. Venetians have been working in crystal and glass since the 10th century, but due to fire hazards all glass-blowing was move to the island of Murano.
After strolling around Murano for a bit, we decided it was time for a break. Serendipity again. We met the nicest couple while enjoying a glass of wine. Trevor and Philip have been together for 34 years. We chatted for 3 hours and even though we wanted to see more of Venice, it was difficult leaving such enjoyable company.


I decided to take a gondola ride even though it was expensive. I may not be back to Venice so wanted to experience as much of Venice that I could.




Rialto Bridge lined with wonderful shops
Piazza San Marco
San Marco
San Marco
San Marco
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