First Full Day in Venice

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Grotesque masks on display.

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.

Charming venice!
  I also had a nice refreshing glass of prosecco.  Just what I need to recharge! 

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.

  (Tomorrow is Florence - yay!)

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...

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Grotesque masks on display.
Grotesque masks on display.
Charming venice!
Charming venice!
Kooky door bells.
Kooky door bells.
View from Rialto Bridge.
View from Rialto Bridge.
Sleepy-faced!
Sleepy-faced!
Fishermen at work.
Fishermen at work.
Flooded street!
Flooded street!
Mom on the Rialto Bridge.
Mom on the Rialto Bridge.
Another view of the Rialto.
Another view of the Rialto.
Cant remember what this is, but i…
Can't remember what this is, but …
teeny glass animals!
teeny glass animals!
thats an entire orchestra in mini…
that's an entire orchestra in min…
Moms first gelato!
Mom's first gelato!
Food always cheers me up!
Food always cheers me up!
One of the obelisks in St. Marks …
One of the obelisks in St. Mark's…
The almondy dessert.
The almondy dessert.
An artist working in front of our …
An artist working in front of our…
Awwwww
Awwwww
Campanile
Campanile
St. Marks Basilica (detail)
St. Mark's Basilica (detail)
During stroll towards Accademia
During stroll towards Accademia
In front of our hotel
In front of our hotel
Sunset
Sunset
Gorgeous display of seafood
Gorgeous display of seafood
Orchestra playing in St. Marks Sq…
Orchestra playing in St. Mark's S…
At the Vino bar.
At the Vino bar.
At Nuovo - sort of a cheezy joint
At Nuovo - sort of a cheezy joint
Our four seasons pizza
Our four seasons pizza
Seafood Linguine
Seafood Linguine
Venice
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