OMG Venice is amazing. It had been described to me as "having a surprise around every corner" and it is very accurate. Buildings are tall, alley ways narrow with many corners, it is like walking through a maze. Day one we caught a ferry along the grand canal, great way to view Venice, and hopped off at San Marco. Possibly one of the grandest Piazza's we have come across, and St Marco Cathedral is beautiful. Not allowed to take photos inside:-(, but we climbed to the first floor and there was a good view over the square. The crowds once again were horrendous, the heat and humidity makes a tourist tired:-). We have been told by many locals it has been an unusually hot summer, lucky us. Sooo glad we had the spa/pool to return to at the end of the day.
Day 2 in Venice we headed off to the ferries and visited the 2 islands of Burano & Murano. Burano has a history for lace making (unfortunately much of it imported now) and the houses are brightly painted all colours, I don't think you could every feel sad on the island, just going for a walk would cheer you up. Rob thought it reminded him of a theme park. Murano in contrast was quite dull and run down. We did a bit of shopping, the Murano glass is ever where you look and irresistible, even the town monuments are made of glass. Once back in Venice it was nice strolling the streets and over bridges, great not having to dodge cars. Once again at the end of the day it was very nice to slip into the spa.
Next stop Florence.