Had a wonderful time in Venice (until our departure, which was a whole big adventure all in itself). It's a tad chilly in England (12 degrees here today and it was 23 in Venice on Friday), but LOVELY to be home.
I'd actually rate this as the best trip of my entire life: the people were lovely, the staff in our hotel were kind and helpful, the accommodation was really comfortable and the food was good, and the sights were unbelievably beautiful. Am glad we waited until the kids were old enough to enjoy it, and am also glad we did it the expensive way (posh hotel) for their first trip abroad - I wanted it to be something they'd remember their whole lives. (They will. And they'll also remember the opposite extreme, on the way home!)
Some of the things we did were terribly touristy, but definitely worth doing. And Venice by night just HAS to be seen. I've never, ever seen anything so glorious.
Discovered that my SD card holds 350 pics, so it's just as well that I took a spare!
And yes, we really did do that many steps. I had the pedometer with me, because I'm nerdy and I wanted to know. I ate lots and lots and LOTS of gelati; I had lots of carbs (bread, pizza, pasta, risotto, polenta - well, hey, if you're going to break the low-carb rules for four days, you might as well break them and enjoy it); and I lost 5.5lbs while I was out there.
Over the coming few days, I will be telling all about Venezia and the wonderful things we experienced (with photos - though not all of them as I'm sure you don't want to see my research photos of palazzi, glass and other little things that caught my eye).
And I will also be telling all about our unexpected journey across Italy on Friday, when we'd figured on going home but had to travel 175 miles westwards instead!