Friday, March 2, 2007

Italy Part 6: Monday and Tuesday

Writer's note: This is one of a series of posts about my fabulous trip to Italy. Please scroll down or click on Archives to the right to make sure you read them in order.

Ever since we arrived in Italy, the weather had been overcast and foggy. We woke up on our last full day there to a glorious sunshine-filled Venice. We hit the ground running. First we walked to the famous St. Mark's square, which contains the dazzling basilica and more pigeons than I have ever seen in my entire life.

We did some shopping around the square and just wandered through alleyways and over bridges, eventually making our way back to the grand canal. Our hotel, which I chose entirely based on the reviews I found on, was an unbelievable stroke of luck. It was literally right on the grand canal and about 20 steps from the famous Rialto bridge, one of only 3 crossing the grand canal. Below are pictures of our hotel, the view from the front of our hotel, and the Rialto bridge.

After lunch, we paid the exhorbitant fee to take a gondola ride--a requirement for a trip to Venice. The weather was perfect and the ride was wonderful. After that, we stayed in the area around the Rialto bridge, shopping and eating. We barely made a dent in that incredible city, so I'll just have to go back someday, I guess.

Tuesday was our return home day, and quite possible the longest day of my life. It was 22 hours from start to finish, but worth every moment. We had a perfect trip.

Note: The photos I have posted are but a small sample of the over 200 photos I took. If you would like to see them all, email me or post a comment here and I will send you the web link to view them on Shutterfly (doesn't take up any room on your computer's memory that way).


Outnumbered said...

Obviously, we would like you to send us the link to shutterfy. Mandy might have it, but I don't think I do.

Anonymous said...

Of course, send me the address, but I can't wait to see them in person and all scrapbooked!!!

Kori "o)

Miss Brown said...

Weren't you going to smuggle me a nice Italian guy? What ever happened with that!