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Published: August 28th 2007
to going on a gondola ride! Hahahaha, just a little Venice engagement humor! Hope we caused a gasp, but thankfully, ITS ONLY A JOKE!
Sorry for the delay in updates. Its been a busy few days. We started out on a terrible night train journey from Munich to Venice. The train compartment was loud, tiny, and old. On top of that, our Asian neighbors accidentally broke into our compartment at 2am. No harm, but it kept both of us awake for awhile. We were both expectedly tired when we pulled into Venice at 630am.
Venice is just a few hour stopover for us as Nicole has already been there and I just want to cross it off my list. We check our bags and take a water taxi to the center. It is very pretty, but you can tell a thousand years is starting to wear on the city. With all the tourism money that it has to bring in, some of it should be put to restoring some of the buildings and at least cleaning up the graffiti.
We are here so early that the tour groups and cruise ship herds haven't made it in yet. St
Mark's square is peaceful and quiet, a rare occurance. The pigeons are still there though. Nicole is terrified and won't get near them. I have great video of it. I hope I'm able to upload it.
We walk around the quiet streets for awhile and then work on finding a gondola ride. We've heard horror stories about how much it costs so we find one off the beaten path. It was a really cool experience. It became a little uncomfortable being the center of attention. Everyone wanting a gondola picture was taking a picture of us! It was a really cool experience and something to always say we've done.
I'm trying to buy art from street vendors each place we go. I'm really excited about the one I got here. We got to see him actually painting one so we know its authentic. David, Vicki, and Rob - Buy from this guy!
Next stop Siena!
PS - make sure to watch the video up at the top!
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