Night train from Venice to Munich

I had arrived in Venice by a series of trains from Edinburgh straight to Venice. On my way back home I was meeting friends around Europe and had to find another way home. Fortunately there were several options. The night train that I ended up taking was due to leave Venice at 9 pm, which…

St Mark’s Square and the Basilica

After a brief royal interlude, I’m back to conclude my Venice coverage. It probably won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that I spent quite a lot of time on the St Mark’s square (or Piazza San Marco) and around it. I visited the Doge’s Palace of course, and hung around to see…

Venice carnival

 I knew booking my trip that the opening weekend of the carnival would likely be less busy than the following two weekends. Heck, that’s why I chose to go to Venice then! But this meant that I missed the big posh parties (500 euro a head – pass!), the Flight of the Angel, the carnival costume…

Doge’s Palace

The morning of my booked Doge’s palace secret itineraries tour was thick with fog. The fog turned Venice into a ghost town, made the buildings appear like mirages, and muffled the sounds, except the lonely-sounding mating call of the fog horn from the open sea beyond. You couldn’t see from one end to the other…

Venice carnival opening festival

The upside to timing my Venice visit to coincide with the opening weekend was fewer tourists and seeing the carnival opening water parades. The first part of La Festa Veneziana was on Saturday evening, with two shows at 6 pm and 8 pm, and the second the following morning from 11 am. If this is…

Burano island

It was a cold and foggy morning when I set out for Burano island. I walked about fifteen minutes from my hotel to the F.te Nove vaporetto station on the north shore to catch vaporetto 12 to Burano. Word of warning: there is only one ticket office and ticket machine, and they are next to…

Train from Edinburgh to Venice

Well, technically, three trains and two subways. While you can get from Edinburgh to Venice overland, it takes time. I left Edinburgh on a Wednesday morning with the 7 am train London Euston, due to arrive in Venice at 9:30 the day after. As I had had a very early morning, I slept much of…

Venice preview

And not just Venice, but Venice carnival! The trip will be research for book 2 in my upcoming Murder Travels mystery series, no less! How amazing is that! I will travel to Venice from Edinburgh overland on trains, which will take me a little over 24 hours, with changes in London and Paris only. I will…