Venice

Our day in Venice was only proof that I want to visit a bazillion more times before I die. We began the day with an epic breakfast. The hotel had a spread with everything from homemade cafe latte, to crepes, to Italian meats and cheeses.

We then embarked on our Walks of Italy tour with Sabrina. Low-key, but informative, she knew a lot about Venice. We wandered neighborhoods, saw the Rialto fish market and even took a gondola ride. The fish market was a real highlight, since I’m a huge Marcela Hazan fan. I liked to picture myself walking in her footsteps, as she’d shopped there for groceries for her meals and cooking classes. Eventually, we broke for lunch. Sabrina recommended Rossa Pomodora and it didn’t disappoint. We had delicious fried appetizers—including panzarotti and fried macaroni! Then I had a calzone pizza and Paul had a diavolo pizza. We returned to the group to tour St. Marks and the Doges Palace. No photos were allowed inside, but the Byzantine mosaics in St. Marks were stunning. The Golden hallway at the Doges’ Palace weren’t anything to scoff at either. We even got to walk across the Bridge of Sighs and I sighed a lot for good measure. After our tour, we walked Venice. We tried to get up to the top of a department store for a scenic view but it was too crowded. Instead, we found a square, a bar, and indulged in many spritzes. Dinner was pasta bolognese for Paul, more cuttlefish for me, and seafood risotto for the two of us. We rounded out the evening with Nutella, tiramisu, mixed berry, and lemon gelato. The next morning we shared a water taxi to the airport with an Irish couple. The boat FLEW through the water! At one point we almost lost a suitcase and the handle that controlled the glass ceiling cover broke off. The boat attendant yelled “oh my god!” which did nothing for my fraying nerves. The Venice airport was a crowded nightmare, but we made our plane and luckily had an uneventful flight.

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