We spent Christmas in Venice this year. My son was given the choice of the usual pile of presents or a holiday. He chose Venice.
And it was a good choice. I don't think we will ever see St Mark's Square so empty and despite the fact that the city had the worst floods for several decades in early December, there was less sign of flooding this this time than there was when we visited in October 2007. Back then there was a queue stretching out of the Doge's Palace and right round the building. This time we walked straight in.
The skies were clear and blue the whole time apart from two wonderfully atmospheric misty days. . .