Day 01: Italy, Here We Come

Welcome (back)!  I need to start by giving the normal disclaimer, where I apologize for any misspellings and complete screw-ups of the Italian language, although it’s an easier mouthful than Polish.  I’ve also got some prices and/or general travel tips for anyone reading this who might go down the same road at some point.  This trip is also starting off a bit differently, as we are traveling with my parents for the first week.  As such, the first six or so posts will be brief(ish), because 1) travel with 4 people is always a lot more slowly paced, 2) I have nooo problem making fun of Jim (and myself), but, you know, want to respect my parents, and 3) we are attempting being on our best behavior (to start) and keeping our tendency for shenanigans and hijinks to a dull roar.  As always, thanks for reading!

Charmingly gray and overcast Piazza San Marco

Charmingly gray and overcast Piazza San Marco

After a car ride, a taxi ride, a plane ride on Swiss Air into Zurich, a short layover that included a somewhat frantic fast stroll to our connecting gate, a quick up and over the Alps flight, and an interminably long, hot, humid, packed, 1h45m incessantly bobbing boat ride on the Alilaguna water bus (€15/each, one-way), where I spent most of the time contemplating the best strategic plan of action should the need to upchuck arise, we finally arrived into the heart of a gray and overcast Venice around 11:00.  My parents were there waiting at the boat dock, looking giddy with excitement at the prospect of spending the next 6 days traveling together in northern Italy.   Hoo-boy, 6 whole days together… traveling… every minute… of every day… gird your loins.  I mean, we could hardly wait.

Canal next to our hotel.  Charming, but of course.

Canal next to our hotel. Charming, but of course.

My parents led the charge to our hotel for the next two nights, the Ca San Trovaso, which was located in the quiet Dorsoduro neighborhood of Venice, and, naturally, next to a canal.  These canals really give Venice a leg up in the charm department.  After dropping our gear and catching up a bit, we decided to go for a stroll and bite to eat.  We wound up at Accademia Foscarini, a restaurant aside the Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal, which certainly was as scenic a spot as any to eat a meal.  Once nourished, we found the food had had given us exactly the amount of energy necessary to walk directly back to the hotel and crash for a couple hours, succumbing to jet lag.  Normally this would be in direct violation of HowieRoll Rules, as we usually hit the ground running, but since Jim and I have been to Venice before (in 2007) it was agreed upon that taking in the atmosphere from behind our eyelids in the room would not be blasphemous. 

Grand Canal... at night.

Grand Canal… at night.

Around 17:00 we all reconvened and headed out to take in quintessential Venice.  This included serpentining our way through various neighborhoods, up and over bridges, down a handful of alleyways, astride a number of canals, past the Rialto Bridge, and toward Piazza San Marco.  It rained intermittently the entire time, but it was Venetian rain and therefore charming.  Herding a group of 4 people through the maze can be challenging and works up quite an appetite, so around 19:30 our mission turned from sightsee to dinner stroll.  We wound up eating at a joint called Osteria Doge Morosini, where the food was good and we spent a couple hours eating and drinking, taking in an Italian national pastime.

After dinner we made our way back to the hotel and crashed for the night.  To recap, we arrived, ate, slept, ate and drank, and slept some more.  We were off to a great start.

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  1. Carolyn N

     /  September 9, 2013

    Oh, yea! Looking forward to reading your version of our trip! THIS should be interesting! 😍

  2. Pat B

     /  September 9, 2013

    Yea! Looking forward to it!

    Love, pat


  3. David W

     /  September 28, 2013

    Looking forward to seeing/reading about your trip!

  4. Pat B

     /  October 7, 2013

    Love the trip already!


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