Ciao from Venice! We arrived safely on our BA flight from Heathrow. After working out where to catch the bus and how to get tickets out of the machine, we boarded the bus for our hotel. We were dropped off at the bus station and it was only a short walk to Hotel Olympia. (Robyn got told off by an Italian woman driver for taking too long to cross the road)! The hotel is lovely, very old and traditional Italian style right on the edge of the canal. There doesn't appear to be a lift so we had to haul our suitcases up 4 floors. Then, it was off out to lunch. We found a lovely little spot right on the waters edge, where we indulged in Italian wine and delicious lobster and shrimp pasta........yum!. Robyn had grilled scampi. With lunch over we caught a water taxi through the canals, right down to the hub of Vencie, St Marks square. The old buildings and tiny alleyways are so different to anything we have in NZ. We took about an hour to walk back , stopping in the many tiny shops along the way. Robyn brought a water colour painting and I am in search of one of the beautiful Venitian masks that fill every corner. We stopped half way for a lemon tea. For now , we are having our usual Nana and Grandad rest up before we meet again for yet more food! Took endless photos, everything so beautiful!!