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… Began with a light lunch in a shaded cafe and a little bit of shopping – then onto the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale). We had watched a huge ocean liner being dragged into port on our early morning jaunt so we knew the palace would be full to bursting with passengers who had spilled ashore from the boat- so we left our visit until late afternoon – no queue and only a few visitors.

The palace has the most enormous Senate rooms – I mean really huge, fantastic art, a brilliant armoury gallery – weapon, weapons, weapons – crossbows, arrows, swords, pistols and the most amazing suits of armour – some with the original holes where the wearer had been wounded …

Then of course there is the Bridge of Sighs leading to the prisons- it was quite an eerie unpleasant feeling being down there, airless and dank even now, but it was great to walk the iconic Ponte dei Sospri where I took one of my favourite photos throught the lattice work as we walked over it:

Resting up now before some more great Venetian food.

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