I am an aging Baby Boomer scientist who retired from managing California environmental protection programs to start a travel consulting business in 1995. Over time I realized that what I most enjoy is inspiring professional Baby Boomer women to dream about experiences they would adore having on their personal bucket lists. So now I write about Bucket List Dreams for readers who are busy, well-educated professionals who love to travel but are overwhelmed by choices. I inspire them by writing about life-enriching travel experiences.
Can you change your flight to depart from the Venice Marco Polo Airport instead of the Treviso Airport? Your hotel likely will be able to arrange for you to reach VCE in time to check in for your flight. See More
Venice is so small that anywhere is close to everywhere. Personally, I like the Cannaregio sestiere (like a quarter except there are 6 in Venice, not 4). If you stay in the Dorsoduro sestiere between the Zattere DXZattere dock and the Accademia... See More
If you can afford it, choose a room with a view of a canal. The smaller the canal, the less expensive the room is apt to be. If you have a room on a small canal, you will wake to the sound of motorboats chugging along the canal, gondoliers getting their gondolas ready... See More
If you are coming from the US or Canada, fly into Venice on a Delta or Air France flight. From any major US Delta hub you can fly nonstop into Paris and change planes for a quick hop to Marco Polo International Venice. Take the Alilaguna boat into Venice. ... See More
Wander around as soon after dawn as you can manage it. Make your way to the Grand Canal and get on a vaporetto (water bus) going towards the farthest end of the Grand Canal from where you get on. Sit in the front or rear rather than in the cabin... See More
I presume you want to take the scenic coastal route rather than the 6 hour trip up I-5. In that case, leave LA early, stop for breakfast and sightseeing in Santa Barbara, drive on to Solvang for lunch and some window shopping,... See More