Arrival in Venice!
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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.
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.
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.