First of all, please excuse the absence of any blogging since the end of our three week epic cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End, via the ‘four countries’ – only I’ve been trying to re-adjust to a less nomadic life-style and clear away the back-log of ‘domestic duties’. Anyway I thought I’d make a come back by sharing some photos of Venice, taken last weekend, on a short break to celebrate Jane’s retirement!

We’ve been to Venice a couple of times, but only for day trips. So on this occasion we decided to push the gondola out and stay somewhere in the very centre of this unique and exquisite city. We eventually chose the small, up market ‘B&B’ – Locanda Orseolo, just off St. Mark’s square, with a canal side entrance and fabulous personal service. We used a book of walking tours to navigate around some of the lesser known areas of the city and we enjoyed a great afternoon on the island of Murano.

Here are a few snaps of this enchanting place: