Canals of Venice

Trip Start Apr 04, 2006
Trip End Mar 30, 2007

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Hi Everyone!!

We arrived into Venice around 8:30am on Friday morning after our night train from Zagreb, Croatia. Once again, Jeremy slept the entire 8 hours; whereas frustrating Suzanne, who slept only 3 hours at max. But excited to be in Venice for the first time, she had lots of energy. Jeremy had been to Venice about 9 years ago and he said much looked exactly the same.

Our hotel was a short walk from the train station to a square or "campo" as their called in Italy. We dropped off our bags since we weren´t able to check in until 2pm. With map in hand, as it is a necessity to have in Venice, we set off to St. Mark´s Square. We took a water bus, called Vaperettos, down the Grand Canal. We only took the one, as Venice is a walking city. Part of the fun of visiting Venice is getting lost, then pulling out the map to see where you ended up.

St. Mark´s square had just as many tourists, as it did pigeons! The pigeons were everywhere. We ended up walking back to our hotel, checking in and Suzanne took a 2 hour nap before dinner. In the world of pasta and pizza - our first meal in Venice, of all things, was CHINESE!! And it tasted wonderful!!!

Saturday (5-13) we went back to St. Mark´s square and visited the inside of the cathedral since the lines were short. It is an amazing cathedral and the inside is absolutely gorgeous!! The inside is covered with mosaics and the church is over a thousand years old. Afterwards, we went next door and visited the Doge Palace. This is where the leaders of Venice lived and worked for many centuries. The rest of the day was spent wandering around the various the non-touristy sections of Venice. For dinner, we did have a pizza pie!! Finally, italian food while in Italy!

Sunday morning Jeremy got up around 5:30am to go take pictures around Venice when there would be no one else around. Suzanne had planned to go, but upon waking to rain and thunder, she opted to remain in bed for a few more hours!! For Jeremy, it was amazing to be the only one standing in St. Mark´s square and walking along the Grand Canal. Hopefully, his pictures will turn out well. Upon his return and Suzanne waking up, we had a small parade with a marching band, go by our hotel. So - we watched the parade from our bedroom window. We believe the parade was for Mother´s Day, but never did find out for sure. The rest of the day was wandering through Venice and ending with a bottle of wine along the Grand Canal. Before dinner, we decided to have dessert first and purchase a slice of tiramisu we had been eyeing in a bakery window. We thought it was 1,80 euro a slice, but instead it was 1,80 per 100 grams and it weighed 370 grams. Needless to say, it was an expensive tiramisu. But it was a darn good tiramisu!!! Jeremy believes this faux pas ranks up there with a $10 gelato a friend of his purchased 10 years ago in Florence. Right big D??? :-)

To those of you wondering, we did not take a gondola ride as it was around 100 euros for the ride. But we did spend 1 euro and take a gondola taxi across the canal, which was shorter than what the other would have been, but still fun!!

-- Suzanne and Jeremy
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