Well, trip number five to Venice is on the horizon! It's not quite 12 months since we spent our month there and the return is much sooner than we expected - I thought we'd be back when my long-service leave kicked in - in 2013! Never in a million years would we have imagined a return so quick, but life is full of wonderful surprises.
Once again, we'll be there in off-season - arriving just before Christmas and leaving shortly after the New Year. We know it will be cold - really cold! - but we're excited by that. Christmas Day in Sydney, for example, is generally a hot day. And we've never been a fan of summer, so why not head off to the Northern Hemisphere for a nice cold Christmas break?! And a hot meal on the day rather than cold meats and seafood will be wonderful! We just have to remember to organise everything as soon as we arrive because we'll have to work around public holidays and shop closures for the festive season.
We've organised an apartment through Lux-Rest - the third time we've used them - and funny enough it's the same one we stayed in back in 2008, up around St Mark's. While we prefer to be out of the main hub of Venice, we're actually quite happy to be central again. For example, it will be great to watch NYE fireworks in the square and know that we're less than a minute back to the apartment and not a 30 minute vaporetto ride to San Croce. The apartment is on a canal and close to absolutely everything. And it's literally a hop, skip and a jump to the Basilica and Palazzo Ducale.
Part of me wanted to stay in another sestiere (Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, San Polo) but with only six weeks to go, we didn't have a lot of planning time! It's a holiday that's being added to a work trip for the "better half" and is something spontaneous. We still can't believe the flights are booked, accommodation is being finalised, train rides too (we're going to go via Siena, Bologna on the way up from Rome). This time a fortnight ago we wouldn't have even contemplated it! We were gearing up for summer in Sydney not winter in Italy!
Ah, as I said, life is full of wonderful surprises. So with another Venice trip on the horizon I'm back on this blog. We know the place so well so I'll be posting the odd thing while we are there. Perhaps providing more information to those travellers that go off-peak like us. Share the love, so to speak. Afterall, it is a place we love dearly....