First Full Day in Venice
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Didn't sleep so was thrilled when it was time for breakfast (decent). I think I had some boiled eggs and pastries. After a leisurely breakfast, we strolled towards the Rialto Bridge area. After numerous wrong turns, we found it - along with high tide. Certain areas of the city were totally flooded, but I suppose they were used to it since raised wooden walkways were immediately erected. During our morning stroll we found a random gelato place where mom tried her first tast of gelato (coffee) and I had cherry. She loved it! But I told her we had to wait for Rome to have the best gelato in the world! We also saw such wondrous handicrafts and artwork - amazing!
Since I had basically 2 hours of sleep, I soon felt myself dragging. We saw a little restaurant (Cioppini Cafe) and had some pasta and gnocchi.
Later, we saw this almondy dessert at Ballarin so we purchased some. Really expensive ($13), but it was quite good. Chewy, lightly sweet and loads of almonds. My mom had wanted me to buy it because she confused it for the marshmallow treat at Rocky Road Chocolate Mountain Factory... I had wondered why she was so excited to see the mystery dessert in the window display. Is it bad that I like the Rocky Road one better, and it's only like $4?
In the afternoon, we decided to walk towards a different direction (towards the Accademia). It was quite beautiful, but I could tell my mom was getting a little bored. Like I said, I can only stay in Venice for about 2 days.
After hours of walking, we rested our tired feet at a Vino Bar. A prosecco and a glass of wine for only 5 euro! Seriously, I wish I felt better enough to drink more since that was the only bargain in Venice that I could see! :)
We dined at Nuova (recommended by Rick Steves), but it was just average. I had considered going to one of the fancier restaurants like La Caravelle or A Beffacio, but decided to save my money for better eats in Florence and Rome. At Nuova, mom had pizza (ok) and I had seafood pasta (better). With our tummies full we wandered back to our room, hoping for a full night's sleep...