Thursday, August 2, 2012

Europe Trip- Day 10: July 7, 2012

By Venice Obsessed

This morning we took a water taxi out to a Murano glass factory.  We watched a guy blow a vase and a horse in a flash and then walked around their showroom and laughed at how expensive everything was, but my how beautiful. 

Murano Glass Factory

After, we walked around some side streets of Venice with Patricia and saw a cool hidden treasure.  We heard a folktale about a fisherman falling in love with a mermaid in a tragic love story and walked under their supposed house and touched a good luck heart.  Once we got to St. Mark's square we had free time.

Us with the Bridge of Sighs

Make a wish!

Josh and I went up the bell tower and saw great views and got to see and hear the bell ring at noon.  We walked around, did some shopping, had amazing sandwiches and gelato and had to meet our group at 3pm.  At 3, we got to do a gondola ride which was awesome!!! Everything was beautiful and the gondola that housed the newlyweds from our group had a winger and guitar player.  After, we went on a water taxi on the entire Grand Canal passing many beautiful hotels, museums, and palaces.  We rested a little after and got ready for our farewell dinner. 

From the bell tower

On a fantastic gondola ride

The dinner was wonderful.  We ate with Lisa and Ryan and Debbie and Terry.  Patricia gave a great toast about friendship and it was obviously no one wanted to leave. 

After, the six of us took the Vaporetto to St. Mark's Square and went to Florian, the oldest coffee shop in the world.  We had an expensive trip: 6 Euro each just to hear the orchestra play plus a 10 Euro hot chocolate and a 12 Euro beer.  We normally would've never done that, but in the spirit of the last night we splurged.  We stayed and hung out for a while and then headed home.  I took 104 pictures today :)

Rialto bridge at night

Kristin's Favorite Part of the Day:
Gondola ride

Josh's Favorite Part of the Day:
Gondola ride

Kristin's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
How good black and white pictures turned out at night and that no one in our group wanted to leave the restaurant or go back to their rooms.  It is so great how much we all loved each other by the end of the trip.

Josh's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
that Murano Island was underwhelming

Gelato Count:
Josh: 1 (cherry)
Kristin: 1 (Kit Kat and some other European candy bar flavor)

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