|Venice in the early morning light|
My first morning in Venice I woke up early just after sunrise.
I was sharing a room with Dawn and Jess. I had holidayed with Dawn before and we got along really well. Jess and I had just met and she seemed nice too. (I might come to regret these words later in the trip)
|Gondolas, photo by John Cramer|
As I watched the morning sun rising higher over the ocean, I felt completely relaxed, and a little sorry for my traveling companions who were still asleep in their warm beds! I sipped my coffee, and enjoyed one of the best pastries I’ve ever had.
Why is it so hard to find in the States? They have it everywhere in Europe? Plus we got all the cappuccino we wanted included! I had like three every morning with breakfast, maybe that why I enjoyed Venice so much?
I was SO awake!
Our first full day in Venice we went on a walking tour exploring this great city. We wandered all over the place. My favorite area of Venice is the view you get by the docks; you can see the Alps in the background, far away across the ocean. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. I could stare at that view forever! When we wandered back towards our hotel we stopped at a tiny sandwich stand and enjoyed some delicious street snacks, and house wine. As we sat in the afternoon light eating nicoise sandwiches on artisan bread and sipping on red wine, I thought, this is the life. This vacation was truly so relaxing! Of course this was before the drama, but I’ll get to that.
After lunch we wandered over to the hotel where the masquerade ball was to be held to buy our tickets. The manager of the hotel actually met with us himself, pried us with cappuccinos and gave us an unbelievable rate on the ball. He gave us a group discount, yea! Full of caffeine, we wandered over to the world famous Harry’s Bar, to have a few Bellini’s, something you have to drink when you come to Venice. Henry’s Bar was made famous by celebrities visiting Venice in the past. The drinks are super expensive; it’s a pretty fancy bar. I just ordered a cappuccino. Because obviously I had not had enough coffee at this point.
Also, Bellini’s are to sweet for me.
|Glass flowers on Murano, Photo by John Cramer|
That night we made our way through the streets of Venice stopping at all the little bars to try out cichetti, little tapas like appetizers that every bar has in glass cases. We drank glass after glass of sparkly prosecco to wash down the briny marinated squid antipasti’s, marinated aborigines, different cheeses and all kinds of amazing appetizers we could never find at home. These tapas were so good! I was kind of sad we couldn’t do this again the next night, but that was the night of the ball. We ended the night by finding a bar that had a wine tasting for a very reasonable price. We sat outside at a table in the moonlight by a canal and tried five or six different Italian wines, all so great!