Venice …. what ride – literally. We had a great drive from Florence to Venice – 3 hours or so – parked in the Piazzale Roma and got a water taxi straight to our door – how cool it was. Our hotel, Ca’ Angeli is brilliant. We chose it on the recommendation of a friend (thanks Barb!) – we have huge rooms and bathrooms, complete with chandeliers, and it is on the Grand Canal to boot – fabulous.

We have had a wander to the very crowded Rialto Bridge and then on to St Mark’s Square this afternoon – so crowded – probably because there are two huge cruise ships in at the moment – we exited pretty quickly and found a quite side street for prosecco (girls), and beer (boys) and crostini. Now we are firmly ensconced in Roger and Frances’ double superior room – very comfy! Has two day beds and a kingsize – we have Prosecco and beer and are ready for food !!!!