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Hello everyone. Back from my first visit to Venice, which is now my favorite large city in Europe. It is oh, so beautiful.

If anything I took away from getting around this lovely city is the benefit to staying at hotel on the Grand Canal and a having a GPS device.

As much fun as my husband and I have getting lost (always find something neat and unexpected) it does get old after a few days. It is extremely difficult to navigate Venice due to the lack of street names on buildings or not having a clear view of the horizon because the buildings are so close together. In addition many towers look a like and just when you think you have made it out of the maze you realize it's a different tower than the one near your hotel!

In addition once it gets dark it gets even more difficult to find your destination because there no street lights. Areas are illuminated by lights coming from stores or restaurants.
Walking down one on the hundreds of alleys in total darkness was uncomfortable to say the least. We were there in mid-October and learned to head back to our hotel before the sun set.

Bottom line - bring a GPS device or rent one there, especially if you are on a cruise and have to return to the ship by a specific time.

Having a hotel on the Grand Canal also makes it easier to find your hotel. If your lost and near a water taxi station or bus hop on and soon you'll be back in your room.

Fantastic city and we are planning to return next year.

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