Flying from Venice was a breeze, especially in light of what we went through ten days before to get there. Since we could not make a same day connection to Philadelphia, we decided to spend our layover in Richmond Upon Thames, a pleasant suburb of London. We were originally going to stay in Windsor but someone else, do the names Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle ring a bell, had plans for that area on the day of our stay. Richmond was our second choice and it turned out to be lovely. Here is a shot of the Thames from Richmond Hill Road.
Well, the afternoon of Wednesday, May 16th, was our last moment in Croatia. This has been a interesting and exciting trip. We traveled to destinations that were new to us. The scenery was beautiful. The people were nice and the food good. If you have the opportunity to visit the Dalmatian Coast sieze the day and take the trip.
Sailing into the small port of Rovinj, one is greeted with the bellower of the Church of Saint Euphemia; dominating the harbor, the sight is extraordinary.
We had a couple of destinations in mind for our afternoon. We were making up for missing so much time yesterday. Our trek began by crossing the Rialto Bridge. Here are a couple of shots of that area and from the bridge.
Then a stop for a piece of pizza at MuroVenezia, a pleasant sidewalk cafe on the way to the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari. A glass on our table presented an opportunity to see the miracle of optics; the topsy-turvey world as seen through the glass.
This trip was to be a different experience for us. We decided to take a Tauck Small Ship Cruise Tour beginning in Venice and visiting the Dalmatian Coast. Usually we do our own thing and are not involved with organized tours. That’s not to say we don’t take tours but, when we do, we decide “on the fly” or we arrange for a private guide in advance. This was to be our first structured tour experience. The ship we would be sailing on is the Le Lyrial, a vessel in the French Ponant Line.
Our day began with a walking tour of the Doge’s Palace, the official residence of the 120 doges that ruled Venice from 697 to 1797. It is a magnificent structure with wonderful art throughout. Here are a couple of photos of the exterior, but not the usual suspects.
Doge’s Palace attached to St. Mark’s Cathedral
Interior courtyard with dome of St. Mark’s