Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Field Trip: Venice, Italy

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In our house, I have a lot to be thankful for.  I've been very lucky this year with the amount of travel I've been able to accomplish.  My goal was to spend m 30th birthday year on a plane at least once a month and thus far, this goal has been accomplished - Italy, France, London, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, the list goes on.

One of my favorite trips was a tour of Italy that we took this summer, my whole family.  You may recall our Alaska vacation in 2014 which was tons of fun.  I'm very thankful that our family enjoys one another enough to want to do it all over again, this time in a foreign country!  No, it wasn't all hearts and butterflies, but it WAS a lot of fun!

We started our Italian adventure in the airport, or in reality, in the Delta lounge.  Dad, Brother E, John, and I headed up to the lounge all on my one Gold pass.  The woman at the desk felt bad for me choosing my "guest" from my boyfriend, my dad, and my brother, so she let us all slip in.  Shhh don't tell!  Dad and E were WOW'd by the spread although Mom and Sister K were decidedly less so waiting downstairs.

When we landed in Venice, we had a private water taxi to take us to our hotel.  The trip was great, and very cool to be going down little canals to get where we needed to go!  Eventually, we turned up at a little crevice in the wall (it could hardly be called even a walkway) and the driver let us out.  Unsure where to go, we wandered down and finally found the Corte Barozzi Suites where we stayed.  The rooms were all ready for us so everyone showered and got ready and in typical family fashion, off we went!

The first day, we had lunch at Cantino de Spade, where Casanova supposedly brought his dinner dates.  Then,  I had a huge gelato tour planned for us taking us from Rialto Market all the way around to San Marco square.  Six gelato stops and 8 people.  This was going to be good!  Unfortunately, in the end we only got to 4 but in between we also stopped at i Tre Mercanti for some tiramisu and some other specialty stores.  We also had a lot of fun poking around the Rialto market and looking at all the Venetian masks.  The gelato stop of my choice?  Suso Gelatoteca, frequently named the "best in Venice" I had their brand new for 2016 flavor - Sepa - a swirled gelato with fior de latte, lemon custard, and chocolate fondant.  So delicious!

My dad had chosen dinner at a great little restaurant right on the canal.  It was delicious and exactly what we all needed; we wandered home and enjoyed our suite with a private roof terrace overseeing the Grand Canal.  Sitting up on the terrace all together, eating our tiramisu was a memory that I will never forget!

The next morning, we had Secret Passage tickets at the Duomo.  I'd highly recommend it - we got a tour of a lot of spaces that aren't open to the public and we had a wonderful guide!  With only one English tour a day, book early!  We then went to the Teatro la Fenice (the main theater in Venice) and the Basilica san Marco where Sister M was made to wear a wrap because her arms were showing!

We then walked across the Grand Canal for dinner at Ristorante san Trovaso.  We wandered around after dinner, enjoying the winding streets and the gorgeous canals.

We had a lot more to see in Italy so the next day we woke up and headed to our rental car and then it was off to the Italian Countryside!

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