06.25.2010 - 06.27.2010
June 25th - 27th
June 25th -
Our drive to Venice was about 3 hours and after parking the car at a large public garage outside of they city we proceeded to the vaporetto stop to take the water bus to our hotel. This being Europe, the vaporetto drivers were on strike for a few hours that day so we ended up walking to a stop that was closer in and actually had a few of the boats taking passengers. We were happy that we combined all of the clothes we needed for our stay in Venice into one small suitcase. We had a fun time walking through the winding streets in search of our hotel and once we found it we went to a small square nearby for a pasta lunch. The afternoon was spent visiting mask shops and soaking in the sights and sounds of this famous city.
This was the first visit to Venice for me and the girls and ever since Gracie's friend, Caramia, celebrated her 5th birthday here, Grace has been asking to celebrate her birthday in Venice. We were thrilled to be here and Gracie was excited to have her dream come true.
June 26th -
MY 10TH BIRTHDAY IN VENICE
I woke up with lots of hugs and kisses from my family and they sang the "Happy Birthday" song to me. I couldn't believe that I was in Venice for my entry to the double digits. I got a nice breakfast in bed and watched BBC while I waited for them return with food for moi. I played dominos with G'mama (she won) while Lucy and Mommy were buying presents for me. I got to open presents and I got a very nice marrionette of a doctor and he is very cute and has a Venetian mask. He has a black coat and underneath brightly colored clothes and a cane. I also got a nice calligraphy pen and Lucy got one too with different colored ink. I also got a mask for my faithful companion, Tahoe, and I got a matching mask to his.
I wanted to go to the famous island of Murano to see the glass. I got a glass saxaphone player and with my birthday money (10Euros) I bought a yellow glass dog that looks like Pluto and is ready to play. Lucy and I will put it in our room at home. I enjoyed looking in all of the shops and it seemed like every shop we went into we bought something - tempting, eh?
We took the vaporetto back to Piazza San Marco and went to our favorite gelato shop. I had a six scoop gelato - lots of thanks to Uncle Brad! We then went mask shopping and I got the mask that matches Tahoe and Lucy got a wolf mask. We walked to the gondola and got on a boat named Lucia (Lucy in Italian) and had a gondalier named Matteo. It was a dream to go through the side alleys and find out that on the bottom stories of the buildings are only storage areas because they flood in high tide. Venice floods over 100 times per year. We then had dinner at a pizzeria watching the US vs. Ghana game. We had fun but were sorry to see our team lose. If anyone knows Landon Donovan please give him my email address.
What a great, first double digit birthday!! Thanks Mommy, Grandma and Lucy for the wonderful day!!
June 27th -
Our final day we spent exploring the city further and at night went to Piazza San Marco to listen to the dueling orchestras and dance in the soft lighting. The girls also enjoyed stomping in the puddles as Piazza San Marco started to flood. Even though G'mama has been to Venice before, on this trip because we stayed in the heart of the city for three nights we were able to spend more time wandering the streets and she came to truly appreciate all the city has to offer.
Today, June 28th, we are driving to Chianti and will be spending four days visiting with our good friends from home, the Rohlfes family. We look forward to seeing them all and meeting baby Justine! Ciao ciao...