Week 1 - Italy

Our first extended stop was in Rome where a maniac taxi driver took us from the airport to our hotel.    We loved seeing all the beautiful architecture and art throughout Rome and Vatican City.  

Rome, Italy

Suzanna touring the art works inside the Vatican
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Standing in the middle of Saint Peter's Square looking directly at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.
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Venice, Italy

Next we took a train to Venice.  Since Venice is built on a multitude of small islands, the streets are too narrow for vehicles, much of the local travel is by boat and you quickly wear out your knees climbing up and down the numerous bridges over the canals.

The Church of St. Mary of Nazareth, built between 1660 and 1680.  One of many beautiful churches in Venice.
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Traveling down the Grand Canal
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The streets of Venice are very narrow.   Foot traffic only.

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Richard at St Marks Square with all the pigeons (St Mark’s Cathedral in the background)
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Suzanna looking down one of the canals from a pedestrian bridge.  There are literally hundreds of bridges in Venice across the canals.
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Shops beside the Grand Canal
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Italy-Rome & Venice