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Author: Lougee
Date of Trip: November 2007

Back at the hotel we have a new room. Smaller then the last one, but on the 2nd floor and the a/c works. Really a small room, one of us has to go outside to change our mind. Considering I explained our request for a low floor back in nov. when we made the reservations and again when we confirmed I felt it was really unacceptable the way we were accommodated. Oh well we don't have to stay there again.

We met a couple through the travel board, who overlapped 3 cities with us and by chance were booked in the same hotel as we were. Going to meet links4 for drinks. Met in the lobby and we walked to the square where we spent hours getting to know each other and listening to the music. We agreed to meet in florence for dinner.

After saying good nite to links4, they were leaving the following am, we hung around the square, bought a painting and just exalted in being there . I know I keep saying things like this, I just cant help it.

When we got back to the hotel there was a man in the lobby in his bathrobe complaining about the noise. The desk told him that the police had been called. We go up to our new, small room and we now know what the complaint was about. Right across the alley there was a party going on with loud, very loud music. The music was good but it was loud. After about 15 min. the police showed up and then there was no music. Good nite.

We got up and got ready for the day in shifts, remember the small room. Plan to visit the church today, take a gondola ride at nite and we will fill in the blanks in between.

Tried 3 atms with no luck. Running out of cash, starting to get nervous. No problem, wrong type of atm. Found the right one and they paid out better then vegas.

For a great water tour take the #82 - limited stops- does a complete circle and back to where you started.

Had a light lunch at one of the cafes near the bridge of sighs - salad nicoise and pizza - we are saving ourselves for dinner.

After seeing groups of people dutifully following the raised clipboard, or the red umbrella or the yellow flower personally reminds me why I dislike tours.

Cafes, as always are unreal, order something and you own the table til you are ready to leave. Waiters will now bother you.

Jan does her bird act. She thinks she trained them to eat out of her hand while sitting on her outstretched arms. I told her that the birds trained her to buy the corn and to feed it to them in only 2 visits.

Tried to get to the madonna dell'orto stop to see the beautiful sunsets - so how did we end up at murano? Finally got back and now its time for the gondola ride. No flexibility on price. So I agreed to pay it and away we go. Going down one of the lesser canals and there is another boat coming toward us. When we get even with the other boat the lady in the other boat says "pardon me, do you have any grey poupon"? All you could hear was the four of us laughing as the boats drifted apart.

Last morning breakfast and water taxi to the train station- cost $50.00us when we get to the station jan informs me that she left her makeup in the room, advised her to buy new makeup in florence. They don't have her brand, shade, color etc etc and she may have left some other stuff in the room. So what do I do, that's right folks, I take a water taxi back to the hotel to get her makeup and a brush. $100.00 spent just so she would not bug me all day on the way to florence. Am I a good husband or a wacko one??

Next stop florence.

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