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Old 05-25-2014, 09:31 PM   #391
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The Alps are beautiful. To be honest, we are so used to seeing them that for a long time we didn't really look. But since writing my TRs and seeing how other people react to the majesty of the mountains, it makes me look at them in a totally different way.
I live close to the Adirondacks, but they are small compared to the alps... someday I'll make it there... One of my friends says the train between Geneva and Zurich is quite breathtaking!
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Oh poor you and all the delays !!! Your Pizza look wonderful , making my mouth water . I have been checking out the menu for The Heidelberg Inn in Queensbury NY for our Lake George trip!! They have sooooo much to choose from !!! I am toying with the Veal Alma which I have had before , then there is liver and onions, and a quiche and so on and so on !!!
It wasn't too bad, Rosie. The only delay that was really annoying was the one at the toll station.
Both pizzas were so good. It was worth going all the way to Italy for.
The menu at the Heidelberg Inn sounds interesting. Can't wait to find out what you will be ordering.


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I live close to the Adirondacks, but they are small compared to the alps... someday I'll make it there... One of my friends says the train between Geneva and Zurich is quite breathtaking!
Most train routes through the Alps are breathtaking - I think the best of them are in Austria, not that I am biased.

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Old 05-26-2014, 03:34 PM   #394
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OMG, I love it here! - Part 2


This was the first time we were staying on the 3rd floor, so we were excited to see what our room would look like.
We opened the door and walked right into the kitchen, which was nice.



But wait, is there a balcony? NO, it’s not a balcony, it’s a huge veranda! We opened the door and were in awe!





There was a lovely view of the beach and room enough for two loungers and a table and four chairs, complete with umbrella. We stood there admiring the view and enjoying our luck before we headed inside and had a look at the rest of the villa.









The bathroom was pretty small,



but there was a master bedroom and a second room with a bed and a convertible chair. And after we had finished our “inspection” we went to the elevator and down to our car to haul up all our stuff.
Once we had everything up, we unpacked and chilled for a while. Around 4pm we went for another walk up the main street and checked out the different stores.
On the way back we stopped in at a specialty grocery shop. They sell lots of home-made things and real nice pasta. So we picked up some linguini and some cheeses and Tom got some antipasti as well. This shop is not cheap and we spent a little fortune on a few things that we were able to take home in a small carrier bag. When we passed the bakery we stopped in and bought rolls and then headed back to our villa to drop it all off. There was one more shop we wanted to visit, but it was way past our hotel.

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Already starting with the food porn!!!!
That castle on the way is beautiful. does it allow visitors?
Did you expect anything else than food porn from me?

Hohenwerfen dates back to the 11th century and YES, you can visit it. There is a lot to look at.
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There was one more shop we wanted to visit, but it was way past our hotel.
So with all our purchases in the fridge we headed over to the small grocery store to pick up some olives and some meats. The owner of the shop is very nice and even remembered us and told us that she had had an operation and her shoulder was still hurting.
And once we had everything and had said our goodbyes we headed back to our villa. On the way there we passed an ice-cream stand and I could not resist and got myself a cup with some





Malaga and Tiramisu ice-cream. It was only a few steps up to our hotel and we sat outside on the veranda,



Tom enjoying a cold adult beverage



and I was digging into my ice-cream. We sat outside for quite some time enjoying the warm evening air and around 7pm we went inside and talked about what to do that evening.
We were both already pretty tired, so we decided to have dinner and then watch a little TV before calling it a day. So we laid the table with all the yummy things we had bought











and sat down to indulge in some



prosciutto,



salami,



Mortadella and



prosciutto de San Daniele,



olives,



marinated goats cheese,



smoked goats cheese and pecorino with chili flakes.
Well, at least we tried to enjoy the cheese with chili flakes. When I unwrapped it and looked at it more closely I saw something that looked like mold. So I looked more closely and YES, there was mold on the outside. I cut into the cheese to have a look and when it split apart there was a lot more mold inside the cheese. NO, I am not one who throws it in the trash. I wrapped it up again and put it aside as I was going to take it back.
Then, when everything was on the table we sat down and had a nice long dinner. After dinner we decided to go for a little walk and I took my packed up moldy cheese with me and took it back to the specialty shop. They were very apologetic about it and exchanged it for a piece off of a new loaf. We got back to our room at around 9.30 and instead of doing something else, we just got ready for bed and had an early night.

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It all looks so yummy!
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you had me at proscuitto... what??? no fresh mozz???
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It all looks so yummy!
Believe me, it not just looked yummy - it WAS yummy.

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oh come on, whats a little mold? YUCK!
Yeah, you are so right! And while I really enjoy some Blue Cheese, that kind of "enrichment" was not on my menu.

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you had me at proscuitto... what??? no fresh mozz???
I knew I could lure some of you with the yummy hams. Oh, and there were too many other delicious cheeses to choose from, so we let the Mozzarella behind.
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Day 2, May 2
Venice – water from above and beyond - Part 1


After we got up and dressed we checked the weather report and it did not look too bad, so we decided to go ahead with our plans to drive to Venice after breakfast.
So we quickly headed down to the bakery and got some rolls, emptied out all the meats and cheeses from the fridge and sat down to have a hearty breakfast. At around 10 we went to the garage and after reversing only once we were able to head out onto the street. The skies were grey, but at least it didn’t rain, so we drove towards the motorway, picked up a toll ticket and off we went on the one hour drive to Venice.



The drive itself is pretty boring, there was not much to see, a lot of lorries on the way and finally after an hour we got close to our destination and ……. It started to rain.









First it was just very light rain and we were hoping that it would stop pretty soon. We crossed the bridge from the main land to the island





and hit another traffic jam. It took a while to creep forward to the parking garage and this time we tried the first one we passed. It took quite some time for the cars to drive inside, but we soon learned why. The cars were scanned and we were told where best to park, in our case it was deck 9. So we drove up to deck 9, found a spot and backed in. And right when we were ready to leave the structure we looked out a window of the building







and it was starting to rain harder. But we had driven all the way, we at least wanted to try to hit the town.
So we started to walk towards the bridge that leads into the city. We followed the twisting and turning roads for a while







and the rain was on and off and we hoped it would all go away. There were lots of things to stop for and we did a lot of window shopping.









Once we got to the Rialto bridge,



harder rain set in again and we decided to stop and have lunch. To be very honest, the Rialto bridge is not the best stop for lunch if you want to have a really good lunch, but we were there and the view was nice, so we were looking for seats, but the only ones “outdoors” (under a canope) were away from the Canale Grande and towards the open side of the covering. We went up and down twice and finally decided to give up on the outdoor lunch idea and look for a table indoors. We quickly found a restaurant and were led into the side room. The tables were pretty close together





and since there was quite an “unusual” cable – plug at the wall we didn’t sit right next to the wall, thankfully.





We seemed to have started a trend, as the room quickly filled after we had sat down, but the big problem was that the tables lining the side of the restaurant were only about 3 inches apart from each other and had to be moved for people to squeeze in and sit down. It took quite some time for a waiter to stop by and take our order and then it again took quite some time for our Diet Cokes to be served.



And then we sat and waited. And waited some more.
To be continued .....
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Day 2, May 2
Venice – water from above and beyond - Part 2


And then we sat and waited. And waited some more. It took a long time for our entrees to be served.
Tom had the





Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce, while I had ordered the



Lasagna. There is only one thing to say about it – it can be done much better.
Both dishes had come straight out of the microwave. They were piping hot in the middle and could have used some herbs and spices. We ate some of it, as the price was rather on the high end, but then we asked for the bill.
Tom had to pull out the table, so I could actually climb out from behind the table and off we went. It was still raining, but not as hard as it had rained before. So we headed towards the Rialto Bridge again



and didn’t even stop on top as the crowds were so heavy.



So we walked down the other side of the bridge and past the little stands at the end and we had made it to our next stop, the Disney store!!!



It’s a small store, but it’s a Disney store and we had to walk in. They did not have too many new things since our last visit in the fall, but we did pick up a bathrobe for our cousin’s little boy George and a Cars playset.







We must have walked through the tiny store three or four times before we headed to the check-out.
Now, Tom was wearing a Mickey shirt which we had bought on our last cruise and his Castaway Club backpack. And while I was trying to sort out my money and which kind of bag we wanted one of the Cast Members struck up a conversation with Tom about DCL. And while he was not sure IF the Disney Magic would stop in Venice this summer, he was stunned when we could provide him with the dates it would be in port. We talked a bit about the different ships and Castaway Cay, as the cast member tried to explain to his workmate that it was Disney’s private island, which most of the Disney ships stopped at. We chatted for a few minutes before we left the store with our purchases. It was still raining and we quickly made our minds up that instead of pushing on and walking all the way to St. Markus square we would just turn around and head back to the car.



We followed the signage, thinking we would walk back the same way we had come to the Rialto bridge, especially since we had seen some really nice bakeries and we wanted to pick up some yummies.
Unfortunately we must have picked a wrong turn while trying to keep our purchases dry under the umbrella.



Tom had chosen the better jacket, as his was waterproof, while I had a soaking wet back. We stopped at a jewelry shop to pick up some Murano beads for my Camilia bracelet and to wait out another bad downpour. And when we set out again 15 minutes later we were hot footing it towards our destination.
But again after a few minutes we had to seek shelter under another balcony as it was raining so hard.









We stood there for a few minutes, until ………….










lightning was striking somewhere pretty close. The “boom” was incredible and you had the feeling that the whole city shook. So, as soon as the rain got just a little lighter we were done with waiting and got moving again. By now I was already pretty wet and there was water literally “standing” in the streets, so our jeans soaked it up good and became pretty wet as well. It took us about 10 minutes to make it back to our car and by that time I was thoroughly soaked. And I do mean, SOAKED!! .

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Day 2, May 2
Venice – water from above and beyond - Part 3


It took us about 10 minutes to make it back to our car and by that time I was thoroughly soaked. And I do mean, SOAKED!!
Back at the car we loaded everything into the boot, then headed back downstairs to pay for parking and to have the farewell ice-cream we usually have. So we walked to the back entrance of the structure and right around the corner was a little souvenir shop, where we picked up two 2015 Venice calendars, then headed over a few steps to the ice-cream stand. Tom got



cookie dough and pistachio, while I had



dark chocolate and mint chocolate chip. We stood there, enjoying our cold treat and watched the downpour. Ice-cream devoured we headed back to pay for parking,



then up to our car, covered the seats with blankets, so they would not be soaked all through and got on our way. It did not take long and we were back on the mainland, and driving towards Lignano again.



The drive takes about an hour and since the rain was not stopping



we decided to just do some shopping and start packing up things. So when we got into the city we stopped at the huge Spar food mart and stocked up on things we wanted to take home.
They were running a special on Pasta and we got several packets of shapes we cannot get where we live. We picked up a few other bits and pieces we wanted to take home and quickly and easily filled the boot of the car with our purchases. By now it was already past 5pm and after parking our car in the tight spot again we hauled our purchases upstairs, got changed and relaxed for a while. Around 6.30 it was still pouring down, so we decided to just pop down to the bakery for some fresh rolls and then to stay in. When we returned from the bakery we set the table and indulged in all the yummy things we still had in the fridge. There were still



doughnuts and





Profiteroles for dessert and some yummy









adult drinks. Lateron we watched a little TV and since we were dead tired by about 10pm we decided to just call it a day and have and early night.

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Ugh, so sorry Venice was so rainy! That's not a fun way to spend the day. I have a teddy bear from that Disney Store! The pastries and gelato look delicious!

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