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Mediterranean Cruise part 1
This cruise follows our Journey to Venice on the Orient Express to celebrate Pauline's Birthday which has been written up separately and will cover the travel from the train by water taxi to the Hotel in Venice where we stayed overnight.
Once we had checked into the hotel we took an evening walk round some of the central areas already familiar to us - we did not need to eat as we had lunch and tea on the Orient Express. The hotel was very central and it was only a short walk to St Marks square which was starting to liven up for the evening and we continued along the water front passing the Relais and Chateau hotel where we had an excellent lunch on our last visit, it was tempting but we had eaten too well for the previous few days so we just had a gelato in the square on the way back. It is now prohibited to anywhere sit in the square or many tourist areas except in approved restaurants but one seemed to be able to carry an ice-cream!
We ate in the hotel in the morning as breakfast was included and then had another walk round passing the opera house and glanced into several churches - an increasing number now seem to charge and many try to ban photography. The less said about the travel arrangements to the ship where our tour firm again failed to deliver despite calls from us and the hotel to the UK and they finally suggested we organised a water taxi ourselves and sent them the receipt. The hotel arranged one for us which arrived in ten minutes and we had an interesting journey - water taxis to the port seem to have a fixed charge of 100 euros. The boat was in beautiful condition with gleaming varnish you could see your face in. It was then a fairly quick check in and we were on board in time for a lunchtime snack.
We have added little here about the evening and morning round Venice as we have already covered them in our account of the Journey down by train on the Venice Simplon Orient Express and we will be visiting Venice again at the end of the cruise when we have an overnight in port before flying back to the UK.