Thursday, August 2, 2012

Europe Trip- Day 9: July 6, 2012

By Joshua Earl Hundt

*SIDEBAR= In case you didn't know, I (Kristin) have been dreaming of going to Venice it seems like my whole life.  I've been OBSESSED with it forever*

The morning started with our final goodbye to Florence and our last bus trip too, this time en route to Venice!  On our way to Venice, we stopped at the town of Ferrara for lunch.  In Ferrara we saw the castle of the Deste Family.  This castle and town were both letdowns and quite boring.

At about 3:00pm our bus dropped us off for our short water taxi to our hotel in Venice.  Our hotel is on the Grand Canal just steps from the bridge Ponte Degli Scolzi, which happened to be on the list of sights we wanted to see. 

Since Venice is so hard to maneuver we decided to just start walking and see whatever we happened to see.  With this plan we got to see many exciting sights as well as some little back alleys that aren't on any maps. 

We had a delicious dinner (Kristin got a ravioli who's recipe was from the 14th century) at the #10 ranked restaurant in Venice and Kristin was able to take many many pictures and was able to recreate a lot of the Venice photos we have in our home. 

During our journey we saw Santa Maria Glorioso dei Frari, San Pantalon, Ponte tre Ponti, Rialto Market, Rialto Bridge, piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, Basilica San Marco, The Bridge of Sighs, The Grand Canal, and countless other treasures. 

Kristin said Venice was even more picturesque than she imagined.  She took 110 pictures just in Venice :)

Kristin's Favorite Part of the Day:
Taking REAL pictures of my favorite city (I even cried at the beauty)

Josh's Favorite Part of the Day:
Walking on t he boardwalk by St. Mark's Square and seeing how excited Kristin was when we arrived in Venice.

Kristin's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
The Grand Canal...better than I ever dreamed!

Josh's Biggest Surprise of the Day:
How well we navigated even though we had no idea where we were. 

Gelato Count:
Josh: 2 (mint chocolate chip and vanilla, pineapple)
Kristin: 2 (Nutella and milk with Sprat, chocolate)

Grand Canal.  I'm sorry, this picture even gives me chills.

I was grinning from ear-to-ear all day!

The entire city of Venice is a piece of art. 

Literally, I've died and gone to heaven!

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