Arrivaderci Venezia!

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Yesterday we left Venice via a water taxit to the cruise ship port on the far western side of Venice.  We drove down the Mendicanti canal past the Ospedale Civile (Main Hospital) and into the Canale delle Fondamente Nuove.  From there we followed other taxis to the terminal.

Taking the water taxi to our cruise ship, the S.S. Noordam.  We passed through numerous canals.  Our pilot was a fantastic boatman and handler.

Taking the water taxi to our cruise ship, the S.S. Noordam. We passed through numerous canals. Our pilot was a fantastic boatman and handler.

Our ship, the S. S. Noordam.  The second corner down from the top is our room with plenty of deck for my Mom to take photos.  My Dad is not so good with his iPhone.  I am there somewhere.

Our ship, the S. S. Noordam. The second corner down from the top is our room with plenty of deck for my Mom to take photos. My Dad is not so good with his iPhone. I am there somewhere.

Boarding was pretty easy and were in our room quickly.  After the life boat drill we left the port being pulled by a big tug.  Soon it turned us into the direction down the Canale della Giudecca.  On one side was the Giudecca and on the other the Dorsoduro and the famous church of Santa Maria della Salute at the end.  Then we sailed right past the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and all the way along the Riva waving to all.

The beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute across the Grand Canal from San Marco.

The beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute on the Sestieri Dorsoduro across the Grand Canal from San Marco.

As we left port we cruised up the Giudecca Canal past San Marco and All'Academia.  What a sight to see Venice this way.  It has replaced Paris as my 2nd favorite city in the world.

As we left port we cruised up the Giudecca Canal past San Marco and All’Academia. What a sight to see Venice this way. It has replaced Paris as my 2nd favorite city in the world.

Arrividerci Venizia.  St. Mark's Campenile, the Square, start of the Riva and The Doge's Palace.  I will miss you.

Arrividerci Venizia. St. Mark’s Campenile, the Square, start of the Riva and The Doge’s Palace. I will miss you.

I am eating up lots of WiFi time because it is so slow especially posting photos.  My blog platform ( WordPress) doesn’t allow me to work off-line.  So, it may be some time before I post again.  Right now we are at sea on the Adriatic.  Tomorrow we arrive in Katakolon, Greece for our first excursion to Olympia and the Archeological Museum.  I am psyched.

In the meantime I am in Club HAL with lots of other kids my age. We are having a blast.

This is Frederick saying, Ciao!

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