Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

invoking thoughts of women in masks and powdered wigs roaming through the city after attending yet another outrageous masked ball in the 15th century.

Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

I’d heard Venice was smelly, damp, expensive, sinking and outdated. Well they got that wrong!

Venice canal
Stupidly big boats are not friends of Venice

OK, maybe it’s sinking, actually it’s tilting and sinking. Yes it’s pricey. However it certainly wasn’t smelly and it was so packed with gorgeous art, stunning architecture, history and irrepressible wow factors that I would have forgiven the city the smell anyway.

Venice - pillar



Venice is awesome, you arrive at the airport and get the boat, yes boat, from the airport to your hotel.

On the island there are no cars, which is no wonder as the pathways wind adventurously between the high and ancient architecture.

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What to do in Rome (And an easy way to save money whilst doing it!)

Remember your memories are in your head. As much as it’s great to take photos, I do all the time, it’s also great to see stuff with your eyes not your lens.

What to do in Rome (And an easy way to save money whilst doing it!)

Off to Rome? Fantastic! Flights booked? Awesome! Now deciding what to do ‘when in Rome’ well, I’ve a few tips.

Colosseum
Colosseum

Firstly, there is no way you will ‘see it all’ on a short break to Rome. Just accept it.

The city is so packed to the rafters with beauty, history, art and culture, and tourists, you need to have a plan. Your plan could be ‘let’s just see how it goes’ which in most of my life tends to be a mantra of mine.

HOWEVER, I don’t suggest this for Rome. I’d suggest a bit of pre planning to make sure you don’t miss out on some exceptional, awe inspiring, breath taking and unique experiences.

When you arrive in Rome

We got the public bus from the airport, boy it was packed, and late, and hot and not fun with a large backpack but it was cheap and we arrived safely. The locals helped us find the right stop otherwise I think we’d still be on it! I guess you pay your money you take your choice.

Oh, and remember, there are two airports!

Roman rabbit
Roman rabbit – bit random

Where to stay in Rome

It’s not cheap, it’s a city and it’s a busy one. However you can bag a bargain if you shop around. I noticed the hotels offered with the flight companies didn’t have great reviews, so booked separately.

We stayed at the hotel Mimosa, I’ve posted a review on Trip Advisor if you want to get more details.

It’s in an ideal location for everything central in Rome, with helpful staff.

BIG TIP!

Talk to locals and staff, we found extra iconic Caravaggio paintings which weren’t mentioned in the guide books by chatting over breakfast.

If you are staying in a smaller hotel, you may find they lock up, not just at night. Make sure you read all the small print and can gain access when your flight arrives. Make sure they know you’re coming.

How to find things in Rome

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Adelaide, Reconciliation Plaza – good to see

I was born in the 60’s so to see just how recently it was deemed necessary to take decisions about racism and societal injustice which I would have hoped was distant history was truly shocking

Adelaide Market Art - faceWe weren’t sure what to expect in Adelaide, everyone had things to say about Sydney and Melbourne, however no one really commented much on Adelaide. I liked it, we didn’t have long to make the most of it however I loved the feel of the place. As you will know by now, I love a bit of good architecture, art, history and culture.

I was stunned at this piece. I was born in the 60’s so to see just how recently it was deemed necessary to take decisions about racism and societal injustice which I would have hoped was distant history was truly shocking. I guess any ‘restoration of rights‘ or ‘righting a wrong‘ is a good thing however isn’t it sad we still have this fight on our hands in a civilised society.

Reconciliation Plaza plaque Adelaide

I just read today about an aboriginal actor being refused a taxi, twice, so maybe even today we still have a way to go yet.

Well done to the city for memorialising such an important change and acknowledgement, hopefully it will lead to the equality we all strive for.

Top 5 for Adelaide:

Reconciliation Plaza

Adelaide Central YHA

Street Art

The Market

Architecture and the general ease of access around a ‘walkable’ city

Further Reading:

Reconciliation Plaza

‘The Aboriginal flag was first flown in Australia at Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga in July 1971 in support of land rights for Aboriginal people. The raising coincided with national Aborigines Day, a day that has now grown into a national, week-long celebration known as NAIDOC week’

 

 

Why you should always carry your camera

…our memories which would form part of our social history will sit in digital libraries only until people forget their password or replace their computers…

 

Hong Kong Sunset
Hong Kong Sunset

I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong recently, whilst on a quick shopping trip at the end of a long day we found a tiny little Starbucks hidden in a large shopping mall store. I squeezed into a tiny seat and looked out of the window to see this amazing view. Stunning.

HK_Warning sign
Hong Kong boat warning

I seek out little gems that are often hidden away, not the stereotypical beach shot. I spotted this sign on the ferry across the harbour. How fantastic is the technical description of ‘bitts’?

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