A day from Venice: A wet and once-wild Pula

A humbling aspect of frequent travel is that occasionally you find yourself at some prominent place that…well…I’m sorry, but I never heard of it. On this trip that place was the city of Pula, a busy port on the Adriatic, just a day’s sail from Venice. Long a ship-building center, it is now in Croatia. I say “now” because when I was growing up and not hearing about it, it was in Yugoslavia. At one point in …

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Venice: How much is that doge in the window?

VENICE – Our first included shore excursion attracted many of our number to St. Mark’s square and its perennial Venetian favorite, the Doge’s Palace. I’m here to tell you that on the outside, at least, it looks pretty much like the one in Las Vegas. Inside, however, the splendor of the 14th to the 18th century Republic of Venice comes alive, beginning with our ascent of the Golden Staircase, and continuing inside with the trappings of the …

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A Scavenger hunt at Doges Palace? Why not?

DAY TWO – Venice, Italy. Ready for a scavenger hunt? You wouldn’t think Venice’s Doge’s Palace—arguably the top site in this city along with the Basilica San Marco—filled with centuries-old art would be a good place for a scavenger hunt but it is. We’re joined by guide Luisella Romeo who says with kids, it is important to “pick and choose what you see.  “You can tell them all the dates and the history,” she adds, “But they …

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Venice to Croatia, Sicily and Rome in 10 days

DAY ONE – VENICE, Italy.   Where’s the music? We succumbed to the sales pitch for a gondola ride on Venice’s Canals (80 euros for the 110 euro tour, the salesman in the bright red striped shirt promised, but our gondolier didn’t sing—or talk much either. I don’t think he spoke much English. Still it was fun gliding on the narrow canals past Marco Polo’s house, Mozart’s House, the famous Bridge of Sighs (legend has it, I …

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