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Why I liked the Hotel Riva in Venice and what in the world does that have to do with why I love to travel. Philosophical musing on travel.

Why I liked the Hotel Riva in Venice and what in the world does that have to do with why I love to travel. Philosophical musing on travel.

Jan 17th, 2000, 06:29 AM
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Stephen, your postings are superb. Well-written, concise and with a good dose of humor (which is the key to just about everything), your musings inspire thought. This one made me think of a trip to Paris during which my sister and I needed to do laundry (it was raining, we were waiting for friends to join us, so what else to do?). Off we wander through the 5th and find a laundromat, toss in the stuff...now what. Next door was a wine bar, so in we went. The barkeep took our order, and asked "Americaines?"...we said yes and he hurried to the other end of the bar where a lone man sat, and began talking and gesturing toward us. The man got up and came to our end of the bar (gulp we think uh oh where's a flic when you need one how do you say "what's your sign? Come here often?" in French) and said "hi I'm Dave from Cleveland". The barkeep was just so pleased with himself to have put together countrymen that he was beaming from ear to ear. Dave said Americans never came into the bar, so we were novelties. I swear, if he could have, that barkeep would have gone outside and waved people in "come see the Americans!". We had a great time, drank some really good wine, and got our laundry done. Ahgeez and I still talk about "lavage avec vin"...
Jan 17th, 2000, 06:45 AM
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We were leaving from Copenhagne for a fairly snazzy cruise to the North Cape and my parents, in a fit of economy, had booked us into a hotel outside of Copenhagen, I think on the same island the airport was on. It was one cut above a hostel!

Laundry loomed so off I walked through the 'hood with my bag to the laundromat. I had the right change, but was basically clueless. A nice older man [who didn't speak English] was able to get me through it with pantomine! And when I looked concerned when the washing machine stopped [before reversing directions as washing machines do in Europe] he quelled my panic with another pantomine. The rest of our troop saw some museum or other, but I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything. It was a *blast*!
Jan 19th, 2000, 08:49 AM
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I would love to read ALL your stories. How do I get to .. do you have a web page. Like you I also like to 'people watch' while on vacation. Last year I did a Grand European tour with a tour company. It was wonderful but like you say sometimnes you get more from being on your own than visiting YET another catheral or monument. Before leaving on our tour I researched ALL the places we were visiting. We did the main things with the tour but skipped the 'shows ' like caberet and flamenco and other folk things. These are put on especially for tourists. Instead we just went out on our own to the main squares, plazas where the locals were hanging out. In Madrid, while the rest of the tour was at some dinner which incidentally consisted of baked chicken and fish, our little group went to the Plaza Mayor where there was a free concert. The tapas bars and Joie de vivre were indescribable. Similar things happened in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona,London. The trip was Wonderful and I would certainly recommend it.
Feb 2nd, 2000, 06:23 PM
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We stayed at the Riva in June 99.
Yes, getting a reservation was a hassle... we mailed a pair of signed traveller's cheques ($US100) and they said they never got them. We bit the bullet and Fed-Ex'ed another $100; when we got there, they had both sets.(2 months in the mail????)
Getting ahold of them was difficult and my bad french and awful spanish didn't help, but I faxed and then called to see if they got it. They did.
Would I stay there again? Yes!!! Beautiful! I mailed them with the deposit with a letter translated to italian, and told them it was our honeymoon - they gave us a triple instead of a double. We were overlooking the canal on the second floor. Yes,it was hot in early June, but amazingly tolerable in the room after a shower... more so than outdoors. The gondolas, the serenading accordians and singers at night, etc...
Even the garbage boats and delivery boats at 7am were a delightful part of the experience.
What a fantastic city! What a great place to stay...
Feb 13th, 2000, 11:17 AM
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I have tried since Nov. to call and Fax--The Riva refuses to answer!I quess they are full. Now I have to find something else for May--no soap does not surprise me,They should take them out of the tour books!!!
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