Arrival in Venice!

Venice Travel Blog

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Mom's first private water taxi ride.

We finally arrive to a grey, drizzly Venice, but I didn't care!  I was happy to be off the plane and out of airports.  We took a private car and water taxi to our hotel.  (We were supposed to be at Villa Igea, but they upgraded us to the Savoia & Jolanda, which was nice and was located right near the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Square.)

Determined to beat jetlag, my mom and I immediately set out to explore our surroundings.  We (like all tourists) set out to see the Church of San Zacchariah (resting place of St. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist), the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, Campanile, and Doge's Palace.  Because it was low season and due to the slight rain, it wasn't very crowded, which was nice.

Our room in Savoia & Jolanda.
  Unfortunately the Bridge of Sighs was under renovation and absolutely covered and surrounded by hideous ads.

For our first refreshment break, we stopped by Harry's Bar.  I had never been inside before and I was surprised at its sparse interior.  The bartenders were a tad snooty at first but then soon warmed up.  My mom had their famous bellini (which is really a mix and quite a simple drink - not the fanciful concoctions you typically get in LA or NY) and I had the Harry's apertif.  Both were quite good but shockingly expensive!  The bar typically has a policy of no pictures, but the bartender took one of us and made sure the other patrons weren't in the photo.  We also met a traveler from Japan - really nice girl, but unfortunately for her, her travel friend just wanted to sleep all the time, so she started venturing out on her own - good for her!

After our break, we roamed through the alleys and stopped at Chat Qui Rit Self Service for a simple supper.

Church of San Zacchariah.
  The food was mediocre, but the house wine was quite nice and only 3 euros for a carafe.  I soon discovered the only bargain in Venice was the vino.  Odd, but true.

Random thought on Venice - This is my 2nd time in Venice and I have to say that while I think everyone should see it for themselves at least once because it is quite beautiful, it often feels like being trapped in a tourist bubble.  I really can't stay in Venice more than 2 days because it's shockingly expensive, the food is inconsistent in quality, and you feel like you are in Disneyland the entire time.  It can get unsettling.  But, again, it is quite a vision to behold.

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Moms first private water taxi rid…
Mom's first private water taxi ri…
Our room in Savoia & Jolanda.
Our room in Savoia & Jolanda.
Church of San Zacchariah.
Church of San Zacchariah.
The view outside our hotel.
The view outside our hotel.
Victor Emmanuel Equestrian Statue.
Victor Emmanuel Equestrian Statue.
Bridge of Sighs ... covered by ads…
Bridge of Sighs ... covered by ad…
In front of the Campanile.
In front of the Campanile.
So pretty, even in the moody grey.
So pretty, even in the moody grey.
Love those blue boats.
Love those blue boats.
Hiding from the rain.
Hiding from the rain.
In front of the Doges Palace.
In front of the Doge's Palace.
In front of the St. Marks Basilic…
In front of the St. Mark's Basili…
St. Marks Basilica (the trophy ch…
St. Mark's Basilica (the trophy c…
Harrys Bar!
Harry's Bar!
Enjoying our bellini and apertif.
Enjoying our bellini and apertif.
Fanciful puppets.
Fanciful puppets.
During our evening stroll.
During our evening stroll.
Awww romance (behind my mom).
Awww romance (behind my mom).
Gondolas at rest.
Gondolas at rest.
St. Marks bathed in light and rai…
St. Mark's bathed in light and ra…
Venice at night!
Venice at night!
Down another small alley.
Down another small alley.
The amazing glasswork!
The amazing glasswork!
Hmmm... not sure what this is.
Hmmm... not sure what this is.
Casanova with mom.
Casanova with mom.
St. Marks Basilica at night.
St. Mark's Basilica at night.
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