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Author: Lougee
Date of Trip: November 2007

lougee1043 trip report venice may 11/14

met a couple at the train station from mpls spoke for about 20 min. as posted earlier -don't be shy talk to people- you will get all sorts of suggestions to make your trip even better

so far there has been plenty of room in the overhead shelves so we have not used the bicycle lock to secure our luggage in the car end luggage space. if anyone wants to buy a new bicycle lock just write and make me an offer lol

after about 2 hours on the train we discovered a handle under the seat, like in a plane, that allows the back to tilt and make the ride more comfortable

observation ---every time you order a meal you have the opportunity to order mineral water—fizz or no fizz. I am convinced that the economy of italy is directly based on the sale of mineral water to tourists.

took a water taxi to our hotel. man what a first time experience—all daily life commutes on the water. if you haven't been there I don't think that you can appreciate what this means. spend a few minutes looking at the traffic on any street. ambulance - in venice on the water firetruck -in venice on the water police-- in venice on the water garbage collection - in venice on the water food delivery - in venice on the water having that piece of furniture delivered—in venice on the water awesome and that doesn't include the vaporettos traghettos gondolas and all the private motor boats and on the weekend all the kayak people.

hotel torino - sorry to say that this was the only hotel that I would not stay at again

first time in st marks square. paid the required lira for the corn to feed the birds and we now have the required photos of the birds sitting on our outstretched arms and on our heads. This became jans daily ritual on our entering the square each day. Took drinks at the cafe lavena and listened to the orchestra. How do you describe the square and the feelings you get when spend time there?

Jan promised her friend carly that she would try to bring a beautiful italian man home for her. Jan would spend the trip taking pictures of beautiful italian men and no I could not take pictures of beautiful italian women for my friends because she said that all my friends are married. I ask you, is that a reason??

The first italian she stops for a picture turns out to be an american named rob weller, who co-hosted entertainment tonite a few years back with john tesh. He wasn't italian but he was good looking enough and nice enough to agree to have his picture taken.

Those of you who have been to st marks may have noticed the entrance to a government office that is guarded by 2 carabinari in flack jackets and carrying submachine guns. if anyone wants a pix of my wife with these guys I have it.

Have to confess I broke rule 13a:b I am wearing shorts along with a lot of other people and enjoying every cool moment. We walked and walked just trying to get a feel of the city. What an adventure never knowing whether the next street you turn down will lead you to another street or a dead end canal.

Stopped and had gelatto concoctions with fresh fruit and lots of other good stuff. Was glad to see that they used a large scoop.

Back to the hotel to rest our eyes for a bit. Its now 9:40pm we have gotten our second wind so off we go, running the gauntlet of purse sellers to get back to the square. really beyond our belief that we are finally really here. Classical and popular music form the 3 restaurants on the square at 11pm. Wonderful, Finally they even played a little bochelli. Everyone really responded to that.

Friday - beautiful day going to try to change rooms -jan cant handle the 3 floors. After breakfast off we go to discover the vaporetto. Went to the jewish ghetto. Looked in on a hebrew school and was invited in by a young man from brooklyn. Stayed about 30 min. made a donation and left. Found the gam gam restaurant exactly where the posters said it would be. There to early-closed.

Went to the rialto bridge for shopping. Jan bought _______ & ________&_________&___________etc. You fill in the blanks and will probably be correct.

Stopped at the cafe orientale for lunch. Its on the other side of the canal from the rialto vaporetto stop. Jan had gamberetti in salsa rosa. Shrimp in pink sauce. I had sarde in saor con polenta. Sardines venetian style- wonderful and gnocchetti al granchio -crab dumplings everything was delicious. We don't normally spend $50. For lunch on a Friday- oh well there is always another atm machine.

With a map and a little luck you can master some of the uniqueness that is venice. I told jan that in two days I would be piloting a vaporetto. Unfortunately , that's when we leave so I would not be able to take my drivers test.

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