Italy : Day 5

August 8th
This morning we enjoyed our last breakfast at Domus Marie hotel and prepared for the adventure to Venice. This entailed heading to the main subway station Termini and locating the appropriate train to Venice, which sounds like a small task, but with seven pieces of luggage and 90-degree temperatures it can be a little bit challending. As we checked out of the hotel Matt thanked the jerk who promised him a double bed, so I think he felt good having the last word! I dont think the guy understood, but it was pretty fun to watch. As we headed out the door onto the street a piece of gravel got stuck in my wheel and therefore I had to carry my bag until I could get it loose. Off to a GREAT START! We made the train and we like usual are on the last car of the entire train, so we finally reach our seats and breath a sigh of relief after confirming that other people on the train are also going to Venice. It was a rather uneventful ride and we saw some very pretty countryside and stoppped in three different towns along the way. After the second stop two travelers from the Bay Area came on board and we had a very fun conversation and they showed me all of the treats they had been purchasing as they shopped there way through Italy. They started there journey at a wedding in Tuscany and had been traveling for about 6-weeks. They were pooped out, but managing not to kill one another. One of them was an RN and the other was a pre-school teacher. It was so nice to speak English for a couple of hours.
We arrived in Venice and headed outside of the train station where the Vaporetto lines were. We opted to go right and after standing in line learned that our appropriate water line was to the the left, so we purchased our tickets and with all of our 7-bags moved onto the moving water vessel. We purchased a three day pass, which allowed us access to all of the public transportation routes on the waterway. We met a mother and daughter traveling in line for the tickets. She was 15 and her mother and her had been traveling in Italy for the past 12-days. There last stop was Venice. She was just so excited to tell us about the cool things she had seen and done. We made it to San Marco square and then the confusion began of trying to actually locate our hotel, which was conveniently right across the square, but four stops later and finally good advice from the man in the exchange bank window we made it.
I really wanted to explore Murano and Burano which are two islands off of the Venice lagoon, so I mentioned this to our hotel guy and he said there was a free tour leaving from the hotel the following morning at 9:00 a.m. to Murano and then from there we could take public transportation to Burano. We also decided that a concert would be a great way to see some of the music in Venice, so we spotted an advertisement in our hotel and we decided to purchase tickets for our anniversary night. Now that we had a couple of plans we decided to find a bar and have a beer. Right around the corner was a bar that reminded us of a pub in Ireland, so we enjoyed a couple of small paninins and two large pints. The bill was expensive, but the owner was very funny and had been there for 12-years. We decided to shower up and head out for dinner near the Rialto Bridge. First we stopped at a Jazz Club with no musicians. The Jazz was cds playing on the stereo. At dinner, Matt enjoyed fresh Sole and the waitress removed all of the bones for him, so we shared gnochi and fish! The house wine was our selection that evening and it was very good. Compared to house wine in the US we were really excited with it. We met some more travelers that night who sat next to us and they were wrapping up their trip and had been hiking in the Alps for the past several days. They were two girls and they were really funny! After dinner we headed to the San Marco Square for some music at the Florian. We loved the musicians and I proceeded to request their autograph after the last song and a picture with them. We named one of them Robert DeNiro and he indicated that everyone from America tells him that. Matt had his first shot of Lemoncello and he was HOPPED up on 30-proof alcohol. That stuff will put hair on your chest. It is like everclear that tastes like lemon meringue pie. This is Matt’s attempt at photography after the evening. Sad really. 🙂