Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
91Trip End Jul 03, 2007
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Venice - all that's magical and romantic about the world, right? Well, we hadn't killed each other yet, but close. Luckily, I had a train ride to cheer me up. The hotel was nice. Then we set out to find dinner. If any of you ever have any crazy ideas about going to Venice and having a nice dinner, put those ideas away right now. Forever. We found a restaurant and Chad ordered some safe pasta. I, of course, being a lover of seafood and being on (or very near) the sea, ordered some nice mare insalate mista (this would normally be mixed seafood pasta). It was what we call: parts is parts. Lots of eyeballs, scales, and fins. I should have listened when the Rick Steves said Venice is full of bad food. It is.
Chad and I now have a theory
Long story short, Venice is not the culinary capital of Italy. We spent the next day wandering around the city in the rain and enjoying the canals and sights.
A fact known only to my mom, my favorite crayon as a kid on Camp Creek was Burnt Siena. I didn't necessarily like the actual shade, just saying the name. A lot. Every day. Sadly, the day we went to Siena, the crayon namesake was more like...well...gray. Not my favorite crayon color.
It didn't start out that great
We did actually make it to the Siena Duoma, with its amazing floor. And we didn't break up after this particular day trip. And I still like the crayon name "burnt siena." Miracles abound!
(C) You are right on re Venice. What seemed so magical to me on my first visit in college, today seems like Disney, with most of the reality gone replaced by tourism and tourists. We did have a nice walk on the other side of the grand canal wandering around looking for a real restaurant for lunch. We ended up at some Pirate's Ship, argghh, on a square that specialized in surly service and peg legs. I now think that maybe Venice looks best in photos, cause it really is a BEAUTIFUL place, when you're not there.
Siena on the other hand has something genuine that Venice lacks. Can't put my finger on it, but it's a magical place. And the Cathedral really is one of the best in all Europe - Sorry Florence. I know that's a sore point. Even Michaelangelo was awestruck by the Sienese Cathedral. It is a Dan Brown dream. When do I get to go back???