Brandon and I got up and hit the road for Venice around 9:30am. An extra day off from school for Brandon. Today we would all be converging on Venice. Katrina and Laurie would be travelling by train from Padova. Carolyn and Heather would be driving from Genova.
The skies were cloudy as we made our way down the autostrada. Shortly before lunch I received a text from Katrina that they had arrived in Venice.
Brandon and I arrived at the mainland Mestre train station around 12:30 and found parking across the street. We caught the first train, a 10 minute ride, to the island of Venice, then caught a Vaporetto (water bus) to our hotel.
Happy to be in Venice
Katrina and Laurie were out exploring and having lunch when we arrived. We agreed to meet in St. Mark's Square.
Brandon and I grabbed some sandwiches for lunch and we headed toward the Vaporetto stop to take a ride up the Grand Canal.
We cruised from one end to the other, then decided to ride back to the Accademia to see what exhibits were on display and how much it cost.
Enjoying the views
Gondola on the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal
This one is for Andy.
It was getting dark when we arrived at the Accademia. Brandon and I waited outside while Katrina and Laurie checked out the bookstore to see what was on exhibit in the museum. They decided that it wasn't worth the time. We've all seen so many Madonna and child paintings, we didn't need to see more.
By this time Carolyn and Heather texted us that they were in Venice and on their way to the hotel. We made our way through the streets and over the bridges of Venice to meet them.
Dinner time. Everyone was tired of Italian food! Ha, and we have been here almost 7 months. We decided to visit our favorite Cinese restaurant near the Rialto Bridge. Of course, it was a slow walk to dinner. We had two photographers and 4 shoppers in the bunch.
We did finally make it to dinner. Everyone enjoyed it. As I've mentioned in prior posts, Italian Cinese is a little bit different and very good.
After dinner we slowly made our way back to the room, stopping along the way for gelato.
The Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge