Day 12 & 13–May 22 and May 23: Venice in the Rain…Flight to Malta (615 NM)

Venice is just four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, the Cipriani hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city! Since Peggie and George spent several weeks over 15 years vacationing at the Cipriani, it was a time of re-connecting with their spirit and we are certain they are pleased that Tom and Diann finally made it to the “Chip”!

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Dinner: our leader, Thierry.
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Air Journey group Italian dinner.
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.Evening String concert…Vivaldi

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Day 12: Our half day tour began with a boat tour as we explored the Grand Canal as well as some of the city’s smaller canals. We enjoyed the demonstration of Venician glass blowing, looked at 8 rooms of amazing products (including chandeliers) and a few of us made a purchase.

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The glass blowing demonstration — sets us up for appreciation of all the pieces of art glass.
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Baumann’s purchase.

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Next was St. Mark’s Cathedral — the highlight of our tour.  Our guide detailed the history and building of this magnificent cathedral.  Although it was a day of study rain, Tom and I made it our “sampling” of Venice–shopping followed by lunch at the famous Harry’s Bar.

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Center ceiling dome of St. Mark’s Cathedral
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St. Mark’s fianl burial site.

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Bell Tour of St. Mark Cathedral

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Leaving Venice: we climbed throught 27,300 feet before breaking out of the clouds — fortunately it was smooth air and no ice. Tour flight was 2 hours 25 minutes which took us over the middle of Sicily.

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Flight Venice to Malta. (North is up on moving map display)
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Flying over Sicily, on toward Malta

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Lined up on final approach into Malta.
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Shipping yards — Malta.
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View on final approach.

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