A Home Away from Home:
Self-Catering in Europe
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Surfing the Net in Venice.
More space for less money
During one recent trip, our family of five rented an apartment
in Venice, Italy.
The apartment included:
A quiet location near the Frari Church, 10 minutes from the
Piazzale Roma and the railroad station on foot and 3 minutes from the Campo
S. Margherita (which may be the most delightful square in Venice).
Three bedrooms and a foyer with an attractive mixture of
antique, reproduction, and modern furnishings.
A full bathroom and a second toilet/sink/utility room with
A large modern kitchen with a family-size round table, a new
stove and refrigerator, and a dishwasher.
A living/dining room with TV, and an office alcove (see
photo above) with desk and telephone.
A large garden courtyard with outdoor furniture and a rack
for drying laundry.
Total cost: Approximately US $1,000 a week, plus what the owner
was billed for our telephone usage. That's less than we might have spent for a
double room at a three-star hotel, and it shows that popular European
destinations don't have to be expensive if you know where to stay.
A more "European"
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