Our first day in Venice…

we took a slow ride on a gondola around

the canals of Venice.

The following morning we took an

equally slow walk around St Mark’s Square,

followed by an even slower coffee

while rain tumbled down.


Thursday’s Special: Slow




In a dry hot climate that we live in we see this red colour

quite often, particularly during summer.

However, on a canal in Venice it seemed out of place.

So much water…

One of the many tourist vessels on the Grand Canal.

Tourist Gondolas.

On a dry day in Murano I suspect

these boats may be more active.

A Yacht or a Boat?

Big enough for the latter…though

I suspect it may be the former.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats-and-Ships


Travel Theme-Rain




Travel Theme.


Our first wet, but not cold, day was in Venice.

Umbrellas were the order of the morning.

Finding a seat in a sidewalk coffee shop,

which barely kept us dry, was an ideal way to

spend an hour or so lovingly caressing a cup of coffee.

The long coffee break was so we did not have to walk

several hundred yards, in the rain, and back again

to board the ferry for our journey to, and lunch at, Murano.

 Even in steady rain colourful Murano

was well worth the visit.

A convivial afternoon was had by all.

Although ponchos and umbrellas were still clearly

 heading the fashion trend, Mother Nature eased up

a little as we walked back to our ferry and

a ride back to our hotel.


Where’s My Backpack: Rain




Weekly Photo Challenge-Wish



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



Three wishes.

I wish I could have seen this Bridge, however I guess there

were many who wished they had not

been so close or walked across it.

This was as close to Ponte Vecchio as I could get.

Se near …yet so far.


Finally, we had hoped to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Crowds and time did not  permit.

We had to be content with the second level.

The honeymooners on our trip had dinner at the top

while the rest of us enjoyed ringside seats at The Moulin Rouge.




Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-17Wk-03_0115


Odd Ball

Week 03, 2017


We see many ways off marking an intersection

on our roads, however..

grand-canal-intersections_0484once off the Grand Canal and in the Venetian Lagoon

we were told that groups of six pylons bound together

marked ‘road’ intersections for all water craft.

Similarly a group of three pylons marked the edge of the ‘road’.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-3









Good Times


After encountering our first drop of rain in two weeks in Venice, murano-venice-italy_0350

 we found seats at a side-walk cafe and made two cups of coffee stretch over about two hours…


saved, from eviction (I think), only by another couple

also seeking the shelter before our cruise

across to Murano for a late lunch.


We all agreed that it was a very enjoyable way

to spend a wet, not cold, afternoon.

Any recognisable faces cloned out for privacy purposes. 


A Photo a Week Challenge: Good Times


Weekly Photo Challenge-New-Horizons



My contribution for this week’s challenge…

New Horizons


I have taken a fairly literal interpretation

of ‘New Horizons’ this week

as we have seen many in 2016.


This is the type of horizon I have spent

the greater portion of my life viewing.

Horizons which are miles and miles away

and which may, or may not, be dotted with

a ‘mountain’, which tops out at three to four hundred

metres above sea level.


So to see boats on the horizon of Laguna Veneta

at Venice, was quite unusual…


as was this view out of our ferry window.

I have never previously seen this view…

a cruise liner blocking the horizon.


Then there were shorter horizons at Monaco…


and at La Turbie’s, Cafe La Terrassa,

about half and hour from Nice.

This horizon was only a few hundred metres from

Cafe La Terrassa.


Dubai’s horizons we beginning to resemble

that which I am used to seeing.

Although in this case I do not know of anything like

the Dubai Palm in Australia.


And I confess to thinking that this scenery was for

Lawrence of Arabia type movies.

I have never seen such expanses of sand in Australian deserts,

although I am sure there are similar places.

I have worked on the edged of

the Big Desert, in Victoria

and while there was a sandy soil it was

also covered with foliage of sorts.

Now, having read the WP Challenge I may be a bit off target,

but these were my New Horizons for 2016.