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To Venice with GrapeHops

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Yes, it's true! And I am SO excited!

I am doing the Venice tour next May with Shannon and Kim of GrapeHops Tours!

Bill and I did go to Venice for three days in 2006, but there was not enough time to experience all that the city has to offer. Plus the fact that there was a vaporetto strike while we were there, so we could not visit some of the outlying islands. Well, those little glitches are going to be remedied next May.

Shannon, my Slow Travel buddy, is an expert on Venice, having made many trips there and even lived there for a year. She loves the place! And I know that love will be contagious as she shows us "her" Venice.

And her Venice includes eating in places off the beaten track and drinking local wines - LOTS of local wines. Right up my alley! Shannon knows so much about the food and wine of Venice that she co-wrote a book called Chow! Venice, where she writes about all of her favorite haunts.

Our friend Palma has even signed on to be my roommate - what fun we will have! Maybe we can convince some other STers to join us.

I have already made airline reservations with FF miles - I knew I had to do that early to get seats in Bus or First. I will be arriving in Venice three days before the tour begins and staying three days after. I haven't made definite plans for those days yet, but there are lots of possibilities.

Anyway, I just had to share the good news. It's always fun to have a trip to look forward to. So, let the planning begin!

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Comments (6)

Yes, we will have a blast! The REAL Venice with Shannon!

I'm so excited for you! Lots of time for planning and anticipation too. :)

sandrac:

How fanastic for you, Nancy! You're going to have so much fun planning for this.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, this is so cool! How fun to be touring with Shannon and Kim and to be rooming with Palma. I checked out their Website and it looks so awesome. Shannon having lived in Venice for a year will be such a cool guide. I also love my Chow Venice book. It was so helpful to me in 2007.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your plans. Congrats on scoring your tickets too.

Amy:

Woohoo! You'll have so much fun!

How exciting!! Wish I could go!!! Still in school then. You will have a great time and no planning involved!

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