Because there was so much to see, I didn’t always have the time to share much more than photos. So, here’s a final mish-mash of experiences and observations.

A spontaneous train stopover led me to the French Riviera and Nice – which was nicer than I’d ever imagined.

Even if you just stay for short while — or pop over on a day trip — Venice is worth the extra time and expense. You’ll never see another place quite like it.