Ciao Venice: Sunshine & gondola rides

Saturday we left our little resort in Austria to travel to Italy! It was a long bus ride but we finally got to see some sunshine. Once we arrived we took a boat to this island of Murano. It was absolutely beautiful outside, especially with the sunshine.

Taking a boat to Murano

Taking a boat to Murano

Finally some sunshine and a rainbow cloud!

Finally some sunshine and a rainbow cloud!

Boat to Murano

Boat to Murano

In Murano, we watched a glass blowing demonstration at the same company that made the ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. So cool. George was the man who put on the demonstration and he has been working there for more than 50 years. He made a vase, which was pretty impressive, and then he made a glass horse. Even after watching it with my own eyes, I’m still pretty perplexed as to how he does it. We looked around the shop there and it was pretty incredible the things that could make out of glass.

Murano glass

Murano glass

Watching George blow glass at Murano

Watching George blow glass at Murano

He made a horse right in front of our eyes!

He made a horse right in front of our eyes!

Next we got back on the boat to go to Venice. Venice is beautiful and I really liked it, except for the fact that it is so touristy. The streets and alleyways were very crowded and it was stressful traveling in a group. We walked through St. Marks Square and it was gorgeous.

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Shortly after getting there, we had lunch (late lunch since it was like 2:30pm) which is what I have been waiting for. I have held out on eating pasta until we got to Italy, so I got a big bowl. It was delicious!

Pasta at last!

Pasta at last!

Next we had a couple hours to explore the city. Even though Venice is very touristy, there isn’t a ton to do other than shop. We basically just wandered around the city and did a little shopping, which was still fun. Unfortunately, the sunshine was just a tease and it of course started raining.

The rain cleared up and we were able to go on a gondola ride through the city with the group. I was a bit disappointed the driver didn’t wear a stripped shirt, but I still loved it. Our boat almost tipped over and we had to tell Brian he couldn’t move because it would tip it. There was also a very intense passing of a wine bottle from our boat to Meredith, Marie and Katie’s boat, so we flirted with falling in the water. The ride was a lot shorter than I had hoped, but I still enjoyed it.

Gondola ride through Venice!

Gondola ride through Venice!

Gondola ride through Venice!

Gondola ride through Venice!

After that, we took the boat back to the bus to go to the hotel on the mainland. When we got there, we checked in and had a small late dinner at a fast good place (and of course more gelato) before heading back for the night.

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