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We just got back from Venice!
I had such a great weekend. Friday we left for Venice and frankly I wasn't all that excited for it. I just thought it would be another Italian city, but I was so wrong. Venice is like no other city I have ever been to. First off, there are no roads, no cars. You get around this maze of a city by walking forever or by taking the water taxi, which is like the city bus. It is so easy to get lost, but that's half the fun! You find new shops or cafes around every corner and then eventually you find your way back to your destination.
Like most of our visits, we had a lot to see. We managed to see Frari Church, the Rialto Bridge and Market, Saint Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs, Ca' Rezzonico, Museo Fortuny, Foundazione Querini Stampalia, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
I didn't really fall in love with Venice until we were sitting in Saint Mark's Square at dusk. The lights were beautiful, music was playing and I just wanted to stay there forever. It was such a beautiful scene.
One thing that surprised me about Venice was all of the dogs! There are dogs everywhere! In shops, on the street, on boats, following their owners, etc. I definitely got my puppy dog fix. Today after lunch I passed a church and there was this cute little dog tied up, waiting for mass to get out, and he was nice enough to let me scratch his head for a while. I was in much need of some doggie therapy.
I did ride a gondola, but it was only across the Grand Canal, so I was probably on there for a total of 3 minutes.
This past Wednesday night we went to see La Traviata in the Boboli Gardens in Florence. It was good. It wasn't amazing because it was outside and the accoustics weren't all that great and our seats were these teeny-tiny plastic chairs on aluminum bleachers. I only knew the main points of the plot, so it was kind of hard to follow along in some scenes. Of course the opera was in Italian, and that was so cool to hear, but then I didn't really know what was going on in some parts. It was fun, but we had to walk there and back in our heels and nice dresses. I'm not exactly sure how far we walked, but we walked for a good 30 minutes, there and back. We were really tired. But now I can say that I went to the opera in Italy!
Tomorrow we head to Pisa to see the leaning tower and then we're going to the beach! I'm ready for a relaxing afternoon because we hardly get a break. We're always going somewhere, doing something, seeing some sort of artwork. But I love it!