Time sure does fly when you are having fun. This is our last full day in the beautifu city of Venice. We begin by exploring the most beautiful church in San Marco Square and then follow it up with the Doge Palace, which is where all of the royalty and parliament lived and the famous bridge of sighs is connected to the prison, which is the botton of the palace. These sights were amazing. We change into shorts and then explore more and make our way to the Academia bridge and Suzi wants to see some modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, but we arrive and as the book notes that hours are not consistent in Venice it is closed for the day. At this point, we are a little bit tired of sights, so it may have been a blessing in disguise. We continue our exploration on foot making this another 10-hour day of walking and explore the nooks and crannies of the bridges and canals. We head home around 4:00 p.m. for a rest and then wrap up some last minute shoppoing around 6:00 p.m. We shower up and select a wonderful restaurant called Da Raffaele from our book – a splurge. It sits right on the Grand Canal off of San Marco Square. We enjoy good wine, seafood and wonderful minestrone soup and of course the second tirimasu of the trip. We have contemplated since our arrival whether on not to do a gondola ride and that night determine we would be missing out if we did not. We barter with the gondolier and get a beautiful and peaceful ride at 11:00 p.m. for 80-Euro, which is about 40-Euro less than the usual especially at night. He is a wonderful guide and provides us with some rich history and of course takes a couple of unforgettable pictures of us in the boat. This is one of my favorite memories. Seeing the stars above and winding the boat through the small spaces and then sitting next to my husband. It felt like we were in a movie or something.
It is about 1:00 a.m. when we get back to the hotel and our flight leaves the Venice airport at 7:00 a.m., so we catch a boat that goes to the airport at 4:35 a.m. We awake at 4:00 a.m. and hustle to the boat dock and meet some fellow travelers who also have an early flight. We get our bags checked in, but I have the antique replica gun that I got for dad in my carry on bag and needless to say it is confiscated – what a bummer~ We have a quick croissant and board the plane. I sleep the entire time as my stomach is killing me and I am tired. We make our connection and we arrive at SFO and our luggage arrives quickly and we are allowed back in the country without a stamp, so we are safe and have the memories our trip. We are already talking about planning the next adventure to France! It has been a long day and we could not be happier to be back in California. Leaving the country makes you really appreciate life at home.