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Friday, July 3, 2009

Arrival Day in Venice

We arrived at Marco Polo International Airport around 10:00 on Thursday morning. After a quintessentially Italian queue where we pushed our way to the front (even though most of the people on the flight were Americans), we got our passports stamped and continued to the baggage claim.

There seemed to be only a single ATM in the entire airport, so after searching everywhere, it was in the last place we looked. There was a machine maximum of only €250 so that's what we got. We really need to practice the concealing of money…we're bad at it, even to the point of dropping money on the floor.

We had planned on taking a water bus to the hotel, but had been thinking of upgrading that experience to a private water taxi. The water was really rough at first and we were regretting the decision, but it turned out to be an excellent idea. I expected the captain (?) to take us straight to the edge of Piazza San Marco, but he didn't. We entered the island of Venice through a smaller canal which finally opened up into the Grand Canale and we rode that all the way to Piazza San Marco. The best part was that we got to go under both Rialto Bridge and Accademia Bridge meaning we saw about half of Venice from the Grand Canale and didn't need to do a cheesy Gondola ride.

Once we arrived at the dock, we paid and started to walk to our hotel across the Piazza and through a small alleyway. The driver, however, parked his boat and asked us to wait. We all thought he was looking for an extra tip or something, but he and his first mate (?) helped with our bags and led us directly to the hotel where we checked in.

After a freshen, we were off exploring on our own with the general goal of crossing the Accademia bridge and going through the museum. It's a great city to walk around in, around every corner is a new site. It's very touristy and there are all kinds of high end shops and restaurants, but there are also littler known sites which we visited. After the museum we went to the second museum on our list, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection which was phenomenal, but pricey. Our favorites at Accademia was the Venice Last Supper (I'll look up the name later) and at Peggy Guggenheim was a Picasso (also to be researched later).

We had lunch, pizza and calzone, which was good. They charge a service charge to each person just to sit down, kind of silly, but if you're not going to tip (as tradition dictates), it's not so bad.

Our feet hurting, it was time to head back to the hotel for a rest. After that we went out on a walk to Rialto as Rick Steves suggested. We saw the Scala which I wanted to see and I thought it was one of the best things in Venice so far. After all this in hot and humid weather, it is now time to sleep, so I think I will. We'll try to check in tomorrow.

So far, I think this is my favorite thing we've's down a small, kind of scary alleyway and is fenced in out of use, but it's just so striking how off the beaten path it is.

Note: This is posted late because we didn't have any internet connection.


At July 3, 2009 at 7:32 AM , Blogger Edward Karpp said...

It looks like you guys are having fun. Say hi to mom and dad.


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