Hello readers I’m out of control! Well, at least I was a few weeks ago and I must confess, I liked it … a lot! Before you think I’m one sandwich short of a picnic, let me explain… Roy and I have been married for 20 years and I have organised almost everything during that time. Roy will be the first to admit that most holidays, weekend breaks, concerts, meals, nights out (you get the gist) have been organised by yours truly. Organising must be in my genes, it just comes naturally. So, when I discovered that Roy had booked us a surprise anniversary break to Venice, it sent me into a bit of a spin. I am the research queen, and won’t book anything until I’ve trawled through numerous reviews and drawn my own conclusions. I needn’t have worried; Venice is a beautiful city and this break now tops our list of favourite European city destinations. We spent 4 days exploring the maze of quaint alleyways, bridges and canals; and much to the delight of my new fitness activity tracker, we walked miles and miles! Roy chose a lovely hotel just a few paces from St Mark’s Square. We didn’t venture much into the square until night-time … I have a bird phobia so I needed to wait for the pigeons to go to bed! I’d definitely recommend visiting Venice out of season; I can imagine that during the summer months it could get extremely busy when the cruise ships are in town. The weather was beautiful in February, cold but clear blue skies and abundant sunshine. A lot of bars and restaurants along the banks of the Grand Canal have heaters so you can sit out and watch the world go by. Another bonus with Venice is the absence of road noise and traffic pollution. Getting around is so simple on the local ‘Vaporetto’ water-bus. This mini-break has taught me that it’s good to lose control from time to time and let someone else take the lead. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The job is Roy’s now; I wonder where he’s taking me next … Back to this edition - thank you to The Coach & Horses in Horsley for providing a 2 course Sunday lunch for 2 people as this edition’s Celebrating our 20th Crossword prize – it’s in its usual spot on Anniversary in Venice page 6. Please continue to support the local businesses that advertise within this little magazine as in turn, you are supporting your local economy.
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