Thursday, May 3, 2012

Venice, Day 2...

Long full day in Venice.

We walked around a bit, had lunch and bought tickets to the vaperetto. Vaperetto's are the buses in Venice, but since there are no cars in Venice, the vaperetto's naturally are boats.

They take you down the Grand Canal and drop you off anywhere you essentially need to go. They're also 90% cheaper than gondola's. There's no way we're paying for a gondola. Too expensive. Too cheesy. Too much of a rip off.

The vaperetto was fun. It took us down the canal and we got to see all kinds of cool things.

So fun, so beautiful.

We walked around some more and stopped to get a snack. Jeannie got an Italian hot chocolate, ciccolata calda.

It's so thick it's like you're actually just drinking melted chocolate. I had a gelato.

I'm averaging 2 gelato's a day.

We then wen to San Marcos and toured the St. Mark's Basilica. It's a very cool church. The ceiling's are gold.

We left the church and sat by the canals and enjoyed the beautiful weather and enjoyed the wonderful water. We laughed at the gullible tourist's in the gondola's and were glad we hadn't wasted our money. We walked back to San Marco Square and watched as the kids stood with their arms outstretched so the pigeons would land on their arms.

The weather was so nice. It was 76 degrees and sunny.

Then, we took a gondola ride.

Jeannie was shocked that I suggested it. I told her, "I know that you really want to do it and I also don't want to some day look back on my life and think, 'I was in Venice and didn't take a gondola ride!'"

I'm so glad we did it.

It was so much fun.

So peaceful, so serene, so much fun.

We ate dinner and then walked back to our hotel. It's our last night in Italy. I leave you with the canal at sunset.

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