Postcards From an Italian Adventure – Venice

Published Date Author: , June 20th, 2010

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

June 2, 2010

Buon giorno, everyone,

VeniceI have fallen in love again…..with a city. Venice….molta bella citta….we arrived here Friday about 11:00 a.m. by train from Florence.

What a wonderful sight!! The sun is shining (Miraculoso!!) Rain had been predicted for all 4 days that we are to be here, but everyone was out, enjoying the lovely sunshine.

We got out vaporetto tickets, and got on the vaporetto to go to our apartment. If you don’t know, Venice has no traffic, except on the water, with the vaporetti (water buses), the water taxis, the cruise ships, along with all emergency vehicles.

VeniceTraffic can get pretty intense on the Grand Canal. But we sat back, and enjoyed our journey to the Arsenale stop, which is near the end of the main island of Venice.

After getting our stuff settled into our apartment, which is a restored Palazzo, presumably dating back to the 14th century. We had to cross a little bridge across a canal, and enter the main hall, and apartments then opened off that.

VeniceOur windows overlook the little canal, which seemed to be quite busy at times, also. In fact, we laughed to ourselves, that we exchanged the scooter noise of Florence for the boat noise in Venice.

We then went to lunch together, but then separated into everyone doing their own thing. Christine had not been to Venice before, so she, Kathy and Kristie went to Harry’s Bar, near Piazza San Marco and had Bellinis, for which they paid 15 Euro each.

VeniceThey were not impressed with Harry’s Bar. They said that only very old rich people were in there, and no one was smiling, and it was quite depressing. They were depressed theirselves, when they learned how much they paid for the Bellinis.

The cruise ship crowds were impacting that area, and that it not what I wanted to see, so I stayed out of the area. Our apartment is very near a residential area, where children were playing, dogs were making friends with each other as their owners carried on conversations.

VeniceOld men were sitting on benches having very antimated conversations. The produce vendor was there with his little shop that I remembered from before. I couldn’t resist. I bought the ingredients for a vegetable soup, completed my shopping at the Coop grocery, then made another trip with Susan to pick up wine and bread for our dinner.

We had our soup, wine and bread, then retired early, as everyone is tired, and we are going to go to Murano in the morning.

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