Venice

July 19, 2006

Some Canal in Venezia, originally uploaded by elskermeg.

All I can say is that if you have never visited Venice, GO NOW!! If you only have a chance to visit one city in Italy, go to Venice. There is so much to see in this country but I don’t think there is anything that compares to Venice anywhere in the world. We were only there for one night and I would trade all of the rest of our trip (Rome, Florence, Siena) for just one more day in Venice.

So, we’re back home now. After a 22 hour train ride from Venice to Catania (No, it was not supposed to take that long!!), we were very happy to come back here and sleep in a real bed. I’m not sure what’s better about traveling, the excitement of starting on an adventure or the relief of coming home to your own bed and shower!

We had a great trip but the middle of summer is the worst time to be traveling through Italy. I’m glad that Penny and Robert were able to see everything but if they hadn’t come to visit, there is no way I would have been wandering through Rome and Florence in July, suffering in the miserable heat and humidity.

We didn’t have too many problems traveling by train although there were a few surprises when it came to our accomadations. The shower in the middle of our room in Rome (minus the bathroom to go around it) was one of them. Apparently private bath does not always include a toilet or the four walls and a door that normally accompany it. It wouldn’t have been a problem if I weren’t sharing a room with my brother-in-law.

And then there was our apartment in Venice that happened to be located in the attic and the ceilings were so low we couldn’t actually stand up straight when we moved around. The stairs to get up to our little hobbit room were more like a ladder and we got to wave to our landlord and his family every time we came and went as we traipsed through their living room. But 115 euros a night doesn’t get you much in Venice! We were in a great little neighborhood and we had A/C so I was more amused than upset at the whole “not being able to stand up straight in our room” thing.

I haven’t organized most of the photos from our trip yet but I’ll be posting more soon. School will be keeping me pretty busy for the next couple of weeks so these posts are still going to be sporadic.

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