Getting into Venice was easy enough on the bus but then we were faced with lugging our overweight suitcases up a large bridge, it cost us $26 to catch a ferry 400 metres to our hotel- welcome to Venice !

We were met by a wall of people as the city is groaning with tourists this time of year. The stories about the pick pockets here made us a bit edgy as we had 2 cases and day packs, but our hotel wasn’t far away from where the boat dropped us.

Our hotel didn’t have a lift so the porter lugged our bags up 3 flights of stairs, I don’t think he was too impressed with the big case as it was about 26 kgs on its own!

We found a really nice place for dinner just off the main pedestrian walkway to St Mark’s square, and then wondered into the square and got 2 glasses of wine and listened to the orchestra playing outside the restaurant. It was a wonderful experience, even though the bill was $60!

Sunday dawned early for us, and we went out for a wander, it was such a better experience without the hordes, and you really get a chance to admire the city for its stunning beauty, without the hordes and pick pockets.

It won’t be long now and we will be boarding our cruise, this is our first so we are keen to see what it is all about!