Arriviamo a Venezia

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
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Trip End Aug 02, 2011


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's been a few days now since we have had internet access so here begins the catch-up versions of the last several days...one at a time of course. 

Saturday July 16th we left Slovenia in the morning but not before stopping at a bakery to discover that the price of food outside the touristy town of Bled is very inexpensive and the baked rolls and goodies were delicious..more than we needed for only 3 euros. 

Our drive through Slovenia was smooth and beautiful. We drove through forested mountains passing by the capital of Ljubljana and down to the southwest to reach Italy near Trieste at the border. Once we were in Italy, it seemed to become more "tropcial-ish" right away..we could tell we were out of the mountain region and headed right towards the Adriatic Coast. It reminded us of driving from Georgia into Florida..you can just tell where you are!! We all are excited to be in Italy for the final leg of our trip. We are headed for a favorite place of ours and only one of two "repeat" places in Italy for all of us...Venezia ! Bella Venezia !

We are arriving on the biggest holiday of the year for Venitians...the Redentore Festival. For the locals, this is a big big party to celebrate the end of the black plague. We were happy to learn that tonight there will be a big fireworks display over the lagoon. In the meantime we have to take the vaporetto (water bus) with our luggage to our room in Venice. There is an alteration in the vaporetti schedule so we take one to the San Pietro stop which is on opposite side of the main islands than where we would normally go...so we walk through this tiny little island in Castello (our neighborhood in Venice which is at the tail if you think about Venice as shaped like a fish). We find our room recognizing the area from the street view map online. Our room is the attic of a Venetian couple who rents out rooms... it is a steep climb up to our third floor but we make it and settle in before heading out for the evening. 

We wander around our street for awhile exploring the area.. we are on Via Garibaldi near the Giardini and Aresanale vaporetti stops. The area has a wide street (very rare in Venice, this might be the only one) and garden park areas as well. The shops and restaurants are all getting ready for the festivities of the night. The lagoon is filled with boats of all sizes from little rowboats to the giant car ferry all of which are loaded with people!...and there are more boats arriving every second. There are the sights and sounds of a big party everywhere. We wander along the lagoon people watching and sightseeing... & finding gelato of course!  Eve and Daniel chose a spot to sit for the fireworks on some steps by the lagoon. We spend some  time waiting taking turns walking around, getting dinner and playing along the lagoon. The area fills with people the closer the time to the fireworks comes along. There are Italians parked along side the steps where we are having a big loud party on their boat with singing and dancing and lots of drinking. The tide comes in and the bottom three steps are now covered with water.. now Eve knows why there are barnacles and seaweed covering the bottom steps. Before the fireworks begin we move to a less rowdy spot to watch the show. The actual fireworks are amazing although the children ask why are they red, green and white and not red, white & blue.hmmm..wonder why silly? It is really something to see fireworks on the lagoon of Venice. The show lasts for so long they are still going off while we are walking back to our rooms. They are fabulous viewed from the street over the lagoon and against the buildings. Even though we are very tired since they didn't start until 11:30pm, we are happy to have been here in Venice on this special night. When we finally arrive home after midnight, the fireworks finale finishes the show. Huge, loud and spectacular! 

It is not difficult for us to get some sleep tonight.... Buona Notte Venezia!! 

 
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