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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Italy Escape - Part 1

One week later, the laundry is finally done, the pictures are uploaded, and our clothes are to tight.  Yep, Jacob and I successfully put on 9 and 5 pounds, respectively.  What can I say, we love pasta!  Now that life has resumed, I think it is the PERFECT time to re-live our adventure.........

Packed and ready to go! 

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Before we go any further, I need to tell you all something....that red backpack was not just a carry on!  It WAS my luggage for 14 days.  This may not seem like a big deal, BUT if you know me....well then you understand.  Below I have included a picture of what I managed to fit into my "suitcase."  Please note I wore something different everyday (excluding my jeans which will make a debut in multiple pictures) AND had three shirts left over!  Go ahead say you don't believe me....it is ok....I even had U.S. Customs tell me there was no way.  But I assure you, I got it all to fit!

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We were a little concerned about our flight being delayed after the volcano decided to start spitting ash on the Saturday before our Sunday flight. However, after only a 3 hour delay, our plane was cleared for departure!
Finally, we were Italy Bound!

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27 hours later...........WE MADE IT! Our first stop in Italy was Venice. 
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Ok, so my backpack got a little heavy, and my darling husband carried it for me.  (But this was the only time in the trip he had to help me!)  We had a tab bit of trouble finding our hotel which was buried on a quaint little canal street.  But after several "Mi scusi, potete aiutarmi trovare l'Hotel San grigio?", we found a nice man that lead us straight to the front door.  29 and a half hours after take off, we were able to change clothes.

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It may have taken 2 and a half hours to find our hotel, but we had an amazing view while searching.

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Day 2 - After a nice breakfast, it was time to explore.

 First stop, the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge.  We found a nice little dive coffee bar and enjoyed the first of MANY cappuccino's while we people watched.

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Then we skipped over to the market.....

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to see all the fresh produce and.........

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fresh fish (or shark).

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Then, we got lost!  We literally threw away our map and started walking.

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We then stopped for lunch and decided to be brave and try the local seafood.
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Yes, baby octopus was included in this fine fare. This was the first and last bite.........

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Next up, Piazza San Marco

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A few hours later, as we head to dinner we stop for a photo op......
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Four hours later.........Piazza San Marco was flooded!  Take note of the picture above...no rain and the sun is shining.  A little water made all the canals overflow....Venice really is sinking!

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After a full day of sight seeing, we headed back to the hotel (with gelato in hand) and packed our bags! 

Next stop, Cinque Terra!

3 Comments:

Mom

Absolutely beautiful, can't wait for more. Next time I will take Jacob up on his invitation.

Erica

How beautiful! Can't wait for more pictures!!

Tiffany

I love all your pictures! Can't wait to see more. And I can't believe you fit all of that in the backpack! I'm impressed! Hope to see you guys soon! Let me know when you are all rested up and have a weekend free!