One great thing, among many, about living in France, is the ability to visit other European cities easily. When a friend recently told us about her last minute trip to Venice, Maurice found out which hotel-it is off season and during the week prices are down-and how she got there and, before I knew it, I had a trip to Venice as a present for my up coming birthday-my favorite sort of gift.
The second day we were there, it poured. I found out that my raincoat is not water proof and, of course, my umbrella was not in my purse. It was sort of miserable out in the rain, as we were here waiting to get into the Basillica, but we mostly managed to stay under cover. There was water standing around the cathedral requiring these elevated walkways here and there.