My 2017 Visit to Venice (Italy) and VLOG

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VLOG 1 : Venice (Italy) – VIEW

Since I was 9 months old I have been to Venice every year, my parents have always loved Venice. As I was growing up I was taken here with them, and I also feel in love with Venice.

Venice is a very unique place, with a lot of history. The main part that everyone knows about, is that it is sinking but that’s due to the sand foundations it was built on many many years ago. This was a strategical move back then, to protect the city from invaders but now due its popularity and the weight of the tourists and buildings its slowly sinking.

For me when I visit Venice I ignore the biz, and I am instantly transported back in time and its like a home from home to me. I know Venice that well I can navigate its small streets, and remember how to get to places one year on….where I stay is in Glasgow and if you ask me for directions well your asking the wrong guy.

This years visit to Italy was for my summer holiday, and this year more so was a relaxation holiday rather than try and see as many different close locations as possible. That being said visiting Venice is always top of my list, for sight seeing or to relax.

Part of my visit to Venice this year, my parents were given a gift of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Danieli. If you don’t know much about this hotel click the below link.

Website : www.danielihotelvenice.com

This hotel is a very attractive hotel, but it also comes with attractive prices. The more you pay for a room you will be located in the main building, but the cheaper the rooms get you are in the back of the building which I have been told you don’t get the best views.

I have never stayed here, but maybe that time I win big in the lottery I would like to spend a long weekend here….but till then I will just keep checking my lotto numbers.

The Afternoon Tea

There are two places you can be served food or afternoon tea, the first being as you go in the door and to the left. This area is a very nice lounge area, that has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. The second location is situated upstairs, where you can sit outside and have a view of the Grand Canal.

Today’s visit we were seated in the lounge area.

As you can see the presentation was very nice, and you were given a good choice of food. I wont comment on the cost since it was a gift, but you can click the website and take a look.

This was a very enjoyable and very relaxing Afternoon Tea.

Visitor Attractions

While you are in Venice, there are a lot of landmarks to see and places to visit. This blog and my accompanying VLOG don’t do it justice but hopefully will give you a little taster.

I will say a little about each place but also give you a link to Wikipedia which will give you more information and more historical information.

Piazza San Marco

Venice Italy : St Marks Square 5

One of Venice’s busiest areas for two reasons, its where most of the tourists are dropped off for their day and also its history.

If you manage to visit here and its not mega busy, you will get a very nice experience. My best advice is to walk about, and look everywhere as the detail of the buildings is amazing.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_San_Marco

Rialto Bridge

Venice Italy : Rialto Bride

This bridge has many shops at each side, and all the locals and tourists walk up the centre of the bridge. The bridge is affectively built on wooden pillars, so I really don’t know how its lasted to stay up this long but it’s an amazing design.

Most of the shops on this bridge are costly, but if your wanting to say you got a little something from Venice then a once off is good. If you do visit walk to the centre, and go to each side here is where you will get great photos.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rialto_Bridge

Gondola ride

Venice Italy : Gondola 3

Gondola rides are another very popular activity to do in Venice, but be warned they are VERY costly for what you get.

If you walk about the prices can vary but it’s roughly about 80 euros for 30mins, and thats per person just for a ride.

For me I have done it and enjoyed the experience, I would do it again and this time just sit and look rather than take photos and videos. Would I do it every year? no mostly due to the cost but it’s a nice experience to try at least once.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

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One thing you will notice is on the busy days in Venice, you will see a long waiting line to get inside and do the tours. I was once told someone waited 4 hours just to get inside, for me I have never wanted to wait that length just to see inside. If I ever do go back to Venice and its off peak times, I may go in side but only if its not very busy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Basilica

Torre dell’Orologio

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This is another building that a lot of people wait to go inside, as I have been told that you get a great 360 view of Venice from the top.

I have never had the urge to go inside and see this view, mostly as I managed to get to a hotels roof which gave me an amazing view and one I think would be better than this view….but I cant fully comment on that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Mark%27s_Clocktower

Fruit, Vegetables and Fish Markets

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Venice has many traditions but one of the oldest is how the locals get their groceries. With all these little markets this is how many of the locals get their fruit, vegetables etc
The most well known market is the Fish Market, this is called the “Pescheria”, from this fish market this is where locals and the local restaurants would buy the fish to sell that day.

Hand Sculptures

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Before coming to Venice this year, I saw this hand structure on the news and I knew I had to see it and also include it in my VLOG.

The hand structure is titled “Support” and its to raise awareness of the water level rise and climate change in Venice.

To see more information on the Italian artist see the below links :

Lorenzo QuinnInstagram account.

Lorenzo Quinn WebsiteLorenzo Quinn

 

And that’s the holiday over for another year……net visit to Venice I will show you more attractions.

Hopefully you have learned a few new things, even if its just a taster of Venice. If your nervous when you get here do a little walking tour, but to be honest they are over priced and all you do is walk and see places you don’t get to experience much.

Walk about and do it yourself, if you get lost just ask “San Marco” or follow the signs that are up on the buildings.

If you have any questions about Venice, feel free to message me on here or Twitter and also check out my YouTube Video.

Afternoon Tea at The Dome (Edinburgh) : Review

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Location

14 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2PF
UK

Website

www.thedomeedinburgh.com

Visit Date : Friday 21st April 2017

I have only ever been in The Dome once, and it was to walk in to the hall at Christmas time and look at the decorations.

Today I was going for Afternoon tea. There were two types of Afternoon Tea one at £16.50 per person and one more expensive with some Champagne…..today I just wanted the normal one.

The last time I was in Edinburgh I had Afternoon Tea at The Waldorf Hotel so it would be interesting to compare the two.

On entering you see an amazing hall area, as you can see from the above photos its very nicely decorated inside (the photos don’t do it justice).

The last time I was here I thought the Afternoon Tea was served on this floor, which going by what I could see what very posh modern and really nice. We were told the Afternoon Tea is served upstairs, so we headed upstairs.

Afternoon Tea

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The afternoon tea is served in the Georgian Tea Room, which is a very traditional looking room. Its very nicely decorated, but downstairs looks a lot nicer and modern so it really depends what your after when having Afternoon Tea.

The stand came out and it looked nice, but my first thought was there wasn’t a lot of sandwiches and second the size of the scones. Everywhere I have had afternoon tea these two factors are always the main talking point, as normally you don’t mind the amount of cakes if you have a good amount of sandwiches and the scones are a good size.

For me there could have been more sandwiches, and the scones too small. Don’t get me wrong it was nice enough, but value for money not that good as I have had more for less or for similar cost elsewhere.

Atmosphere was nice and relaxing, and the service today was very good.

Portion Size : 3.5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Overall

Overall today was an ok day, a little disappointed with the portion sizes of the Afternoon Tea as I had high expectations as I had only heard good things about The Dome.

I am not sure if I would go back here for Afternoon Tea when I visit Edinburgh. I still think the Waldorf Astoria Hotel even though a little more costly was 100% better value for money

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 3.5
  • Overall : 3.5