Carrying a Torch for Torcello
Trip Start Jun 23, 2011
12Trip End Jul 08, 2011
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Boats, of course, are the primary form of transportation in Venice and Vince has, by necessity, displaced his passion for cars with boats here. He is most fascinated by the sleek water taxis as much for their beautiful lines and polished wood exteriors as for the studied cool of the drivers. They maneuver the narrow canals and bridges, dodging slower moving barges, with supreme nonchalance
Our boat trip (on the decidedly unglamorous vaporetto) began with a brief stop at Murano – its glass blowing works are a tourist magnet – en route to Torcello. After all the build-up, the boys were a little surprised that there wasn’t much at all to Torcello, other than a church that is claimed to be the oldest in Venice. They were easily placated, though, by a delicious seafood lunch. The return trip took us via Burano, a photographer’s paradise. The picturesque island is dotted with colorfully painted houses, punctuated by window boxes bursting with geraniums. We walked most of the island’s neighborhoods – the natives seem very accustomed to the hordes of camera-toting tourists.
Once we returned to Venice, we took a detour to the gelato shop that Rick Steves has anointed the best in Venice (La Boutique de Gelato). As mindless acolytes of Steves, we can confirm that he is absolutely correct on this (and all matters European travel-related).
We continue to bravely test out our collective 25 words of Italian
Our ignorance of Italian provides limitless opportunities for humor. At breakfast this morning, Chris was curious about the bright orange drink that we had seen a number of Italians sipping in the cafes at all times of day and ordered one. He quite liked it and it was only when he offered a sip to Gabe that we realized that the “spritz” was an alcoholic drink ('apertivo’), apparently considered just as appropriate first thing Sunday morning as in the evening. When in Venice. . .