Thursday, August 2, 2012

Europe Trip- Day 11: July 8, 2012

VENICE
By JEH

On our final day in Venice and Italy, we slept in until 9:00am, which was needed and by far the latest of the trip. 

Today we were entirely on our own and after leaving bags at the hotel we walked through the two neighborhoods that we had not seen.  These two neighborhoods seemed to be less touristy and took us literally around the outer edge of Venice in a complete circle. 

On our journey, we saw the Ponte dei Tre Arche (three arches), bridge with no parapet, one of the only two bridges without a railing, the bridge called Ponte de Pongi where rivals used to fight.  We had a final venetian meal of gnocchi and pizza and of course another hearty helping of gelato. 


Ponte dei Tre Archi

Bridge with no Parapet

Ponte dei Pungi

Lastly, we went on one final walk through the center of Venice before boarding our train for Paris.  We are in a first class sleeper hoping to get lots of rest so we're fresh for tomorrow!  Ciao Venice AND Italy!

On the Academia Bridge



One last view of the Grand Canal

WE LOVE VENICE!

Our accommodations on the train to Paris

Kristin's Favorite Part of the Day:
Having an extra day in Venice.  I would've really been sad without it. 

Josh's Favorite Part of the Day:
The train ride (so far)

Kristin's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
That we literally walked around the entire island of Venice.

Josh's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
That we saw all but two of our sights! 

Gelato Count:
Josh: 1 (Kit Kat and cookie)
Kristin: 1 (Snickers and burai)

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