My sister and I just returned from a long planned trip to Italy. All the planning in the world couldn't stop hail from postponing our flight out of Chicago that caused us to miss our connections and take us on another route....through Dusseldorf. It was stressful at the time but we were able to laugh it off later....until upon arrival in Venice our luggage had not made it with us. That is not the news 2 women want to hear after 2 full days of air travel and no change of clothes. But again, we laughed it off....once we found our hotel and had a midnight dinner of pasta. We used our ingenuity to get ready the next morning and make ourselves presentable and even bought a couple of dresses that hopefully Air Berlin will reimburse us for. None of this could dampen our spirits as we headed out that day to explore Venice. (Our luggage did finally arrive late the next night and we were elated.)
Here are a few of the MANY photos from the first leg of our trip.
our first meal - I would like to re-eat this!
the view from our room of the terrace ~ a nice place for breakfast
and here is breakfast!
the famous and beautiful Cafe Florian
some kind of veteran tribute was happening on St. Mark's Square ~
lots of pomp & circumstance
view of the Grand Canal
market day ~ I would love to have bought lots of this
so many kinds of fresh fish
a busy day on the canal
we break for dolci ~ a sweet surprise-a chocolate filling!
the gondolier uniform
cute shop display on the canal
the Rialto Bridge where the market takes place
view from our gondola - right off the bucket list!
yellow flowers, pink walls, blue shutters
on our way to dinner at Ristorante Al Covo
the square at night
dueling orchestra at Cafe Florian ~ so beautiful
mass at St. Mark's Basilica
gorgeous colors and amazing work
Hotel Florian where we stayed
our rainy departure from Venice via the vaporetto
this is part one of our trip, more to come!