Venice, Buddies, Edinburgh, Snow

It never rains…

Had a great trip to Venice (again), with thanks to Mum and Dad for looking after Betsy. The weather wasn’t great for the whole of the week – it turned to rain when we went to florence for the day on the Wednesday and pretty much stayed like that for the rest of the week. It was more showers than full-on rain, so we didn’t do too bad.

The Palazzo Stern Hotel, adjacent to the Ca’Rezzonico vaporetto stop, was very good indeed. We must have had one of the cheaper rooms, as it didn’t have any windows, but this didn’t really matter. The lack of view was more than made up by the comfortable room,  excellent breakfast and friendly staff. Thanks to B&C for the recommendation.



Florence was a disappointment, but the weather may have had something to do with it. We had pre-bought tickets for the Uffizi Gallery – not a place I need to visit again. Once you have seen one “Madonna, Child and St John the Baptist” painting you have seen 500. For one of the world’s best galleries (allegedly), it’s surprisingly devoid of variety.

The Duomo is far better looking on the outside than inside, where, apart from the inside of the dome itself (which is spectacular), the church is almost undecorated. Very odd.


The Baptistry was closed, but we did walk up Giotto’s Campanile, which offers some great views.


Half a day is more than enough to see Florence in poor weather. I am glad we went, as we will no need to go back.

All in all, it was a very good week. Just a shame that some of my films have been lost in the post on their way to the processors… such is life. They are probably the Burano ones, which will be a real pity.

Having got back into the UK on the friday night, on the Saturday I attended my Buddy Training Day at the Lymphoma Association. a very interesting day, I must say. Very good to meet the other newbie-buddies as well as the team from the Association. I am now looking forward to my first buddy contact.

The following weekend involved a trip to Edinburgh to see daughter and boyfriend. Always nice to see them, especially since we didn’t see them at Christmas and it’s always nice to spend some time in Edinburgh – one of my favourite cities in the UK, if not Europe. The journey was made somewhat more interesting by some heavy snow as we got into the Borders – BMWs are terrible in the snow and the road to Biggar was not pleasant at all.

So, that’s March done for another year – I am rather hoping that Spring might deign to show its face some time soon. 6 inches of snow on 22nd really isn’t playing the game…

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  1. Shame you didn’t enjoy Florence Andy, I spent a week there some years ago and absolutely adored it, there is so much to see, and whilst the Duomo is indeed spartan in some places I think that adds to it’s charm. Sure the Uffizi is a bit of a parade, but its also got the Holy Family by Michelangelo, a truly amazing Venus by Titian, and the incredible Birth of Venus by Botticelli – I could easily spend days at a time in there. I loved Venice, Sally and I were there a few weeks ago… fortunately the Biennale was on so had a double hit of culture! Can’t get enough of Italy, I love it… Your photos are great, thanks for sharing them 🙂

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