Now in order to explain our choice in hotels is simple. Mike travels...a lot. The one benefit to this is that he accumulates a lot of Hilton Honors points. There is one Hilton in Venice and it isn't exactly close to anything. It's a 5 minute boat ride to St. Mark's Square...and that's the only way to get there. But it does have one thing going for it...well actually two... 1) It was free (points) but 2) It is amazing!
This is a picture of the kids in their room:
Bella thought maybe she could trick the pigeons into thinking she had food in her hand but not actually feed them. The pigeons were not fooled. Someone had either tossed them an apple core or they had gotten it out of the trash can so she figured that if she got close enough to it, maybe they would be interested in her. These aren't dumb pigeons.
I walk over and make a comment about the building. They tell me that they are admiring the pigeons that have been impaled with spikes on the top of the buildings. So much for my budding architect & mature husband.
Row Venice. It's a 90 minute rowing lesson in one of 5 batellina (woden rowing boats) left in Venice. It's a little different than the fancy gondola boats, more sturdy. Or so they say...it brought back bad memories of summer camp canoes for me. We decided on this in place of the traditional gondola rides because those are a little romantic and I would love for each of the kids to bring back their spouse and take one. I figured that they would enjoy a more hands-on experience.
This is one tour that I was nervous about but we had a great guide/teacher, Felix. He met us at the dock and took us to our boat.
We actually ran into a family from Florida after our tour, one I had been emailing back and forth about which tours we were doing on our trip. A mutual friend had given her my information. It was crazy to meet someone from back home all the way in Venice!! They were going to take the rowing tour next so we left them to it and headed back into the shops of Venice. The mask shops were around every corner, some better than others.
I woke up earlier than everyone this morning to watch the sun rise out the bedroom window. Sheer beauty.
It took about 1 1/2 hours to get there. Mike & the kids had no idea what Burano was or why I wanted to go there. When we got close, I asked them each to pick a color. Mike chose orange, Preston chose green, Bella chose blue and I said pink. The kids asked why and I told them that I wanted to get a picture of each one of them in front of a house painted that color. They all moaned, saying that it would take forever to find those...little did they know, it took about 30 seconds.
The town itself it super small. You can walk the entire island in 15 minutes. I kept thinking that this place reminded me of something...then it hit me:
Isn't is just beautiful!!!!We only had 30 minutes here until our boat was coming back to take us back to Venice so we got right to the task at hand.
I wish I could have stayed there all. day. long. But alas, it was time to go. So we snapped a few more then back on the boat.
We made it back to Venice by noon and Mike navigated us into the deep back roads to find the elusive Libreria Acqua Alta. If you didn't know exactly where you were going, you would never find this place. And if you saw it on the outside, you might not even go inside. But those lucky to stumble in find a book lovers dream! Floor to ceiling books. But they are all off the ground because of the floods that hit Venice every year. They are stacking into bathtubs, a gondola and barrels. Everything that will float!
After another gelato stop on the way to the hotel then it was time for check out...boo.
The trip home hit a few snags due to weather but we made it home safe and sound. Happy to be in our own beds but excited to tell all the stories of our trip. We've already started planning the next one!