This is the view from our room at the hotel.

The next morning we're back at Piazza della Repubblica, where we checked out - the merry-go-round earlier.  Many large department stores and restaurants are - located on the square.  It is the site of the original Roman Forum of Florence. The Pont Vecchio -- Florence's famous two story bridge across the Arno River. - The lower level is lined with businesses.  The upper level was used as the - A closer look at the Pont Vecchio.  Note the little motorcycle models on - the wall next to Bill.  They were on sale at the booth he was standing near. There was lots of foot and bicycle traffic on the bridge. Looking east up the Arno River.  The Uffizi Gallery is on the left.
We're now in Mestre near Venice.  Note the sign... that's our hotel. The Hotel Villa Adele -- our home for two days.  A bus at the corner took us into Venice. - This was our only two days of gray skies and showers during the entire trip. San Simeone Piccolo Church -- atop the dome Saint Simon - waves The Scalzi Bridge across the Grand Canal. - That's Bill up there in the blue jacket. Sestier de San Polo -- a nineteenth century church - that also has a museum of Venetian works.
The museum entrance and bell tower One of many small Venetian canals that run throughout the city. We stopped for drinks as we passed through the Venice fish and produce market. A view of the huge Rialto Bridge from the market The view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge

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