Italian Adventures: Venice

30 Jul

Venice was beautiful! It was so exciting to be in a place that I’ve only seen in movies. The gondoliers really do wear striped shirts and straw hats! The gondolas really are as romantic as they seem! There really is water everywhere (which is probably why I love it so much).

On a water taxi in Venice

We saw a glass blowing demonstration (Murano glass, made on the Venetian island of Murano, is world famous) and I bought a pair of glass earrings. Then we took a walking tour of the city and saw great palaces, Steve Jobs’ house, another palace whose renovations are being funded by Woody Allen, the hotel where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed during their filming of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and of course, we rode on a gondola. And I had a Spritz, a drink invented in Venice (so was the Bellini but the place that claimed to have invented the drink wanted 15 euro for one – HA! Pass.)

Glass blower

Pisa Palace

Steve Jobs' house in Venice


The day went by pretty quick – we walked the two main islands of downtown Venice but it was a 4-hour bus ride from Florence each way (after a train ride from Venice to where our bus waited), so we didn’t have a ton of time in the city.

It was a good day trip to wind down the whole Italian experience.

Tomorrow, I’m packing, cleaning and investigating this small town just outside of Florence with a few people. Tonight, we’re making a trip to the “secret bakery” that apparently only opens from 1 am to 5 am. We’ll see how that goes…


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