This isn’t my first trip to Venice but it seems like the first time whenever I find myself there again. What other city is composed entirely of canals and bridges and gondolas as taxis? What other city has no cars or motorcycles to dodge or walk around? What other city has such fantastic architecture? I got lost several times while there but I knew if I kept walking and crossing bridges I would eventually be able to get where I wanted to go. Maurice, as a late birthday present, took me there to be followed by the voyage home on the famous train, the Orient Express. I have a lot to say about that but, first, Venice.
We flew by plane into Venice and I actually got to see it as we landed. I could see four huge cruise ships and, a couple of times, we saw them making one making its way up the Grand Canal with the help of two tug boats.
This was our hotel and it was really nice. It’s a short walk from Saint Mark’s Square and we had a room facing the Grand Canal so we could see tourists pouring in every morning to see the city and then leave every evening. Next time, though, we are going to stay in a quieter area on the other side of the Grand Canal called the Dorsoduro.
We went to the Dorsoduro area of Venice on the morning we arrived. Did I mention we had to get up at 4 AM to catch a 7 AM flight? We were exhausted and hungry by 10 AM. We saw this little place and went in.
There we had our first Spritz cocktail of our visit made with Aperol and Proseco. They add an olive to the drink here in Venice which I hadn’t seen before. We drank this before it was even 11AM. Why not?
More photos to come.