Venice – a random gallery, to finish off this tour…

Isola San Giorgio Maggiore – Palladian style, Papal Chapels and much more beautiful Venetian glass to admire …

A five minute boat ride from Saint Mark's and you are dropped off on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. We didn't know what to expect, and got so much more than we thought. Sublime architecture, trees, architect-designed Papal Chapels of startling composition, a colourful, curvy glass wall and a stunning collection of glass in…

Padua/Padova – fantastic markets, cathedrals and Europe’s oldest Botanic Garden, laid out in 1545 – with later glasshouse

  A short train ride from Venice to Padua/Padova (for the natives). Very strange to have to deal with cars and bicycles after a few days entrenched in Venice. A beautiful city, especially under continuing clear blue skies. Absolutely fantastic markets in the centre of town -  a foodie's dream - and at last a…

Ai Weiwei & Memphis at Palazzo Franchetti, Venice

Last seen in Amsterdam at least 25 years ago, it was good to meet up with the insanity that is Memphis, 80s furniture and fabrics in brilliant and bold colour and pattern. Especially when sitting in, in striking contrast, in such a beautiful building. Perfect timing for us as the exhibition is due to close…

Carry on up the Campanile … a bird’s eye view of Venice – and a Vaporetti along the Grand Canal

Definitely beating the crowds, in Mid November. Bright beautiful blue skies, warm in the sunshine but quite nippy out of it, but space to breathe and get around. It is over thirty years since I was in Venice - more likely around 1985 - and then it was only a day trip from the camp…

A little tour of Venice …

Well, rather more than a little tour - and this is part one from a week's holiday in Venice. I have edited, seriously edited, these images from just slightly more than 3000, to a few hundred. And horticulture is, I have to admit, quite limited in these watery parts. Some beautiful balconies, and one or…