Three delightful days in Venice – Marilyn and Alf

dralfoldman:

Looking back over some of our most popular travel blogs, I think this is worth a read

Originally posted on Taking the slow road to Cyprus:

Piazza San Marco in Venice Italiano: Piazza Sa...

Piazza San Marco in Venice Italiano: Piazza San Marco a Venezia Español: Plaza San Marco en Venecia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we leave Venice for Florence, after three delightful days.

Our first day, we were talking to another couple on a ferry and received the following advice:

You are going to be ripped-off in Venice anyway, so you might as well enjoy it!

For us, Venice was a city of extremes, and a thin line between the best and the worst.

The architecture is stunning, truly amazing and attracts millions of photos each year. The historical sites are amongst the most visited tourist sites in the World, including:

To really enjoy Venice, follow the locals and not the…

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Open Europe Blog » Blog Archive » What to expect from the Commission’s new economics team

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Southern europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an insightful article and is strongly recommended for a read. Check it out!

via Open Europe Blog » Blog Archive » What to expect from the Commission’s new economics team.

Despite, the depressed state of Europe’s economy, don’t expect too much too quickly from the new economic team at the European Commission. Let me give you a flavor:

While Pierre Moscovici holds the Economic and Financial Affairs post (essentially Olli Rehn’s successor), he will be overseen by the Vice Presidents (VPs) for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and the Euro and Social Dialogue – Jyrki Katainen and Valdis Dombrovskis respectively.

In practical terms, there is no early reprieve for Southern Europe which has been forced to follow excessive austerity by the hard views of the European Commission. Countries like Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France will be forced to maintain unnecessarily high levels of unemployment because Germany is not prepared to inflate – this is all as a result of the fiscal compact set up at the time of the Euro.

Ultimately, it will once again take speculators to push Germany reluctantly to change policy or face up to the break up of the Eurozone.

Thoughts?

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