Published: July 24th 2012July 23rd 2012
This is just outside the museum
Today I am tired we stayed up WAY too late last night drinking wine and enjoying Venice at night. What a great city. John is still upstairs in bed but here I am in the dining room having coffee and trying to wake up. God knows why? Yesterday was fantastic we just wandered and then around 11 we decided to buy this 36 hour pass for the water busses. So, we went out to Lido, all along the Grand Canal and finally out to Murano. We got off to take photos and gawk a few times but made it a point not consult the map or guide book too much and just enjoy this great place. It was a good decision. Murano Island was interesting we stopped there and watched glass blowers at work. Once place was free the other wanted 3 euros. We watched both and ended up having a tour of one studio. Everything was very expensive but it was really interesting to see some of the glass sculptures. I fell in love with this one turtle, made from glass it could have been snatched from the sea. So beautiful and for a mere 3500 euros a bargain at
twice the price!
We got back to our room around 5:00, showered and changed and left again to find dinner around 6:30 we are getting better at learning to eat later and slow down. This is not easy for us! We stopped for some prosecco and met an interesting American couple who are on a year of living in Italy. We met a mom and son from Norway and we enjoyed a lovely dinner. We eat outside every meal and I had been dying for a salad--which I found and loved! John had the sea bass, he has had that a few times and seems to always enjoy it. We went home to ditch our jackets and wandered about the water front looking for a place to sit and enjoy the evening. Finally at the foot of a bigger bridge across the Grand Canal we found a place.
We then we met a young guy from Fort St. John BC. Another wanderer. It was an accident meeting him. I noticed this man "sleeping" on the steps of the bridge and commented rather loudly to John that the poor chap had serious jet lag that he clearly couldn't even
Exterior View of Sistine Chapel
This is taken from the Vatican Garden
make it over the bridge and that young guy heard me and burst out laughing. He said it was the first time he had heard anyone speak English in a week. He was pretty funny, too! Then this idiot English lady dragged her chair over and start to tell John he should live his dreams or whatever. She, as John put it, was trying to impose all her wisdom on us I was too busy doing drunk guy play by play with the kid from BC to listen. The police eventually came along and woke up the guy on the steps and as they did his two pals who had been drinking or watching him for sport came to his rescue. Doing play by play allowed us to interpret their conversation.
I think it was about then that we knew it was time to call it a day. We have another full day today in Venice before heading to Florence. I like it here, but I liked Rome too. Only thing about leaving Rome is that I get to go back and spend some more time there before we go home. Tomorrow we will say goodbye to Venice and
John inside St. Peters' Basillica
Just before he burst into flames but just after he flew around the church speaking in tongues...
it will be a sad parting...pictures coming...
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