FC: Venice, The Dalmatian Coast, & London | 2009
1: Venice | Four friends began an adventure in
2: The Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge | We all stayed at this hotel near the Goldoni Theatre
4: Beautiful | Venice
5: Clockwise: Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, The Doge's Palace, Marble mosaic floor in Ca' d'Oro
6: St. Mark's Basilica - The horses seen here are bronze replicas.
7: The original horses, or "quadriga domini" inside the museum.
8: Peggy Guggenheim Collection
9: Modern Art on the Grand Canal
10: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is known for European and American Art of the first half of the 20th Century.There are many sculptures in the outside garden area, like the one David is kissing above called 'The Angel of the City' by Marino Marini, circa 1950. Inside the museum there are paintings by the likes of Picasso, Kandinksy, Mondrian, Pollack, Miro, Klee, Dali, etc.
14: Traveling by motor boat across the Venetian Lagoon
16: Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island is seven minutes by private launch from Piazza San Marco
18: We went to the bar to have a Champagne cocktail before dinner
19: We had the turbot, but it sounds better in Italian: Trancio di Rombo arrostito al Limone di Amalfi e Capperi (Roasted Turbot with Lemon and Caper Sauce)
22: Time to board the Seabourn Spirit | Arrivederci, Venezia!
23: Setting sail for the Dalmatian Coast | Up on Deck 8 near the Sky Bar
25: Our cruise ship had to drop anchor in the deeper Gulf of Kvarner and we took a tender boat to go ashore. In the 19th C., grand hotels and villas were built here for the Hapsburg nobility of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. | Opatija, Croatia
26: Split, | Croatia
28: A depiction of what Diocletian's Palace looked like originally
31: Leaving Split...
32: Kotor, Montenegro
35: Lipica, | Slovenia
37: Trieste, Italy
38: London, England
39: The Stafford
42: St. George's Chapel | Windsor Castle
43: The American Bar at The Stafford
44: Celebrating J & M's Wedding Anniversary at The Stafford
45: And then... Our lovely adventure together came to an end. John & Marilyn headed home to see their babies and David &Cindy set off to explore The Cotswolds. Thank you, dear friends, for the wonderful memories!