Our month in Venice

Old May 25th, 2009, 03:53 AM
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LoveItaly, never assume you're the dunce.

I <i>assumed</i> that the spelling checker had appeared as part of the new Fodor's format. But a little experimentation shows that it is in fact a feature of the Mozilla Firefox browser. I switched to mainly using that browser at around the same time as the recent Fodor's website changes. When the spelling checker appeared, I attributed it to Fodor's.

But my assumption was incorrect. As they say, "Never ASSUME. It makes an ASS out of U and ME."

How did I test this? When I use Internet Explorer as my browser, I don't see the spelling checker. In Firefox, under:

Tools >> Options >> Advanced >> [General]

There's a selection, "Check my spelling as I type." If I un-check it, and restart the browser, the spelling checker disappears.

LoveItaly, your last message was a challenge to the engineer in me to figure out what was going on.

And there you have it.

Larry
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Old May 25th, 2009, 04:15 AM
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justretired - thanks for the clarification on the spell checker. When I read your comments about the little red line, I tried it out but, no, mine didn't have it either. However, I do have Internet Explorer, so therein lies the difference.

marisylvia - I love how you've integrated your photos into your text. I've tried using Photobucket, but each time I ended up giving access to all my albums. How do you do just one picture at a time?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 05:42 AM
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Hi, swisshiker. I'm glad I was curious enough to get to the bottom of the spelling checker issue, because my first comment saying it is a Fodor's feature was really misleading. I'm happy to have corrected it pretty quickly.

marisylvia really has given access to the entire Photobucket album. Take one of her photos, say:

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/v...P1000419_2.jpg

Trim the URL by removing the "P1000419_2.jpg" part, and you see the entire album.

When you're looking at an album, click on any thumbnail, and you'll see a larger version of that single picture. On the left, among other things, you'll see the words "<b>Direct Link</b>". To the right of those words is a small box with the start of a URL in it. Click on that box, which will turn it blue, and that will also put the URL of that individual picture on your "clipboard" (a small yellow box with the word "Copied" in it briefly appears).

Once that "Direct Link" URL is on you clipboard, you can paste it anywhere you want.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:03 AM
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Oh justretired, you are just what I needed!!! Thank you so much!

Is there no way to just send a picture without access to all albums?

(Sorry marisylvia for this bit of off topic instruction.)
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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:30 AM
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swisshiker, actually, I've never used Photobucket. I was just reporting on the result of a little fooling around. But Photobucket has a pretty good "help" section, which includes an extensive "faq":

http://photobucket.com/tips

A quick perusal seems to show that you can make your entire account, or individual sub-albums, public or private. If they're private, a password will be needed for access. At a first glance, I don't see anything about individual images.

So one way to deal with this would be to put all your public images in one album, and all your private images in another. Or even open up separate accounts (different log-in names and passwords) for your public and private images. Then you can generously share your best trip photos on Fodor's, and have only your best friends see the one of you plunging off the gondola into the Grand Canal.

I think that now we should cut off this techie discussion, and return this thread to mariesylvia's marvelous trip report.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:24 AM
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Enjoying your report on your "slow" visit to Venice, a dream of mine as well.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:56 AM
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It's just after 9 AM here in Oakland, CA, and I just had to peek to see if there were comments on my trip report. Thanks, everyone.

Larry, thanks for the Word suggestion. As for spellcheck, Safari has one, but I noticed when I looked at the start of my report that I used "there" instead of "their" and was appalled people will think I'm illiterate. A confession: I used to be a copyeditor--but never a proofreader.

I feel guilty, though, by piquing interest in seeing a gondola tip over. Sorry, it just swayed a lot, but the people getting in with the help of two gondoliers thought they'd be in the canal! I think the gondola is so well designed that it's almost impossible to capsize one.

I love the traghetti too, Yvonne. On our first experience crossing on one in 2005, a woman boarded with her German shepherd, who apparently was used to the trip. This time I tried surreptitiously to video a crossing, and there is a lot of bouncing around. I'm going to have to do some editing of all the videos. Some of the real commuters read the paper during the crossing--talk about being blase! (If I use Word, which I obviously didn't now, I'd be able to add accents, too.)

Can anyone advise me on getting videos onto Photobucket? Larry? By the way, I saw that I'd screwed up on the posting which gave access to all the photos. I think I did it correctly with most of them. The only photos on the site are ones I put in to publish, so I'm not worried.

I'm going to eat some cereal with berries now, but I'll put in some more time on the trip report. I'm glowing with all the compliments, and want to respond to the kind encouragement.

I'll stick to still photos, too, unless someone can help me get the gondola video into Photobucket. I moved it from iPhoto to iMovie to Mobile Me Gallery, which is all Mac tech.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Thank you so much for your information Larry! I have IE so that explains why I do not have the spellchecker. But when it comes to computers I am let's just say not a "brain surgeon" for sure! My "computer fellow", my son-in-law, could verify that.

Good morning marisylvia, I hope it is warmer in the Oakland Hills then it is here in the southern end of the Sacramento Valley, I am freezing!

Will check back later as I am so enjoying your trip report. And glad to hear the passengers of the gondola didn't end up in the canal!
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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This is a great report! I'm looking forward to more.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:41 AM
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marisylvia, I just found your report today and am thoroughly enjoying reading it. We have fond memories of Ristorante Riviera and the nice waiter as well. Please come back soon with your next installment.

LoveItaly, the spell check doesn't work for me either.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:44 AM
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Hi bfrac, did you read Larry's good explanation? An engineer is always a good source at getting to the bottom of a problem. And I so agree, marisylvia's report and pictures are wonderful!
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Can you tell me the name of a couple of good hotels you have seen since you have spent a month there please? we are thinking of flying into milan and taking the train straight to venice where should we stay? this is for a 25anniversary and 50thbday, my husband has never been. we were going to travel from venice to florence to rome. is this a bad itinerary.?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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nelle--good itinerary--see if you can fly directly to Venice if you have no interest in Milan.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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Like a few others here I have just found your great report and am enjoying your travels. Something like this always brings back good memories of our own trips to Venice. It's such a magical place.

We are now discussing a return trip for next year after looking at all your wonderful photos.

Keep posting.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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Just getting ready to read. An entire month? Oh boy, oh boy!
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I am eagerly awaiting each new installment of your trip report. You really bring it to life. I will be making my first trip to Venice in 38 days!
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Old May 25th, 2009, 03:22 PM
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Hello Nelle, you might want to start a thread of your own regarding your 25th wedding anniversary trip. You can than ask any questions that you have and no doubt will get a multitude of answers and opinions. Italy..a lovely country for your 25th wedding anniversary!
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Old May 25th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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I love Venice, too. You can get accents and other non-keyboard characters by holding the 'Alt' key down while you type in three numbers. For instance Alt+130 gives you é. There must be somewhere you can get a list, but I made my own by holding the Alt key down and typing 100 to 299. I'll be in Venice in July for the Redentore, and again in September (I hope) for the Regatta Storica (3rd time!). It's easy for me as I live in UK, and Ryanair will fly me there with no hold luggage for £4!! I'm using Firefox with Vista, and 'check my spelling as I type' is ticked, but I get no spellchecker in this box. Can I recommend some sites to all you Venice lovers? - ombra.net, for maps and photos, venessia.com for loads of interesting stuff, but it helps if you can read Italian, campiello-venise.com which has 1500 photos and some great itineraries, and venice.jc-r.net for information on 200 palazzos (or palazzi, if you prefer).
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Old May 25th, 2009, 05:07 PM
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OK, following up on Bert4545's post, some more techie stuff:

The "Alt" accents, etc: http://ljkrakauer.com/accents.htm

<b>How</b> to <u>format</u> <font color="red">text</font> in <i>Fodor's</i>: http://ljkrakauer.com/tags.htm

Bert, I don't understand the spelling checker problem. Vista, the operating system, shouldn't have anything to do with it (although you never know). I do know that you need to have Firefox version 2 or 3, so you may need to upgrade (Help >> "About Mozilla Firefox" shows my version to be 3.0.10). Also, after you checkmark "Check my spelling as I type", you have to restart Firefox before that setting takes effect (but the default setting is "selected").

End of techie stuff.

Bert, thanks for the Venice info sites. I've previously mentioned some Venice info files at:

http://ljkrakauer.com/docs/travel/

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Trip Report.
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<b>RSTravelers</b>....(I just had to comment on this)..sorry for the very minor hijacking, Silvia!)

<i>we are 59 and 61 so we're part of the older set on this forum.</i>

No, you're not...in fact you're closer to the young 'uns..we have several 80's (including me), a ton of 70's. and numerous 60's)...c'mon RS, we're all young ...after all, we're travlers, and that alone shaves off a decade or so!

Like I always like to say..."keep on truckin'...AND "travel 'til you unravel!"

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