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because typing on the iPad is annoying for long updates. LOL

We had a very long trip to Europe. We got to the airport at 8am Sat our time and arrived at the hotel at 8:30pm Sunday Venice time. Our plane in DFW had some technical problem and it took so long to replace that we missed our Madrid connection... by minutes. Madrid airport is beautiful but enormous.

Needless to say, by the time we got to our hotel we were up for nothing more than to walk across the street to a trattoria and have some food. It was very good but quite expensive. The Parma prosciutto is yummy and I kept out 1/3 of it and some cantaloupe for breakfast which was good as the hotel "continental" is all bread. I long for Dutch/Belgian "continental" breakfasts which have cheese and cold cuts as well as bread.

Our hotel is very centrally located. This means St. Marks Square is very close. It also means that it is fairly noisy with foot traffic along our alley far into the night. No car noises, true, but rummbling carts echo nonetheless.

Yesterday we walked over to the Rialto Bridge to catch the St Mark's Day regatta. I forgot to bring my camera to Europe. I have no idea how I managed that idiocy but I did. So no nice snaps from flickr to grace my Lj. For the regatta each section of the city has a colourful gondola - red, yellow, green, blue, etc. It was a lovely site watching the teams zoom along.

After a bit of a break, we headed over to Murano and wandered among glass shops. We had lunch at a canal-side restaurant. It was cheaper but inferior to the one across the alley. We are probably going to try and go back Thursday to see the glass museum. I ran out of spoons before we got that far. And it is closed Wednesday. (It is supposed to rain later in the week so we are doing fair weather sights now and museums later.)

I am having trouble getting enough food since I don't eat pasta or bread. Today we are going back to Rialto for a market day where I hope to find sausages and cheese or other food that I can keep in our mini bar fridge.

Edited to add a snapshot

Venice-bridge.jpg

Date: 2011-04-26 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikeiowa.livejournal.com
I'm happy to imagine you both strolling in Venice, a legendary city of bright colors. Perhaps you know someone who will take photos for you, to show us all when you return. ;-)

Date: 2011-04-26 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowanf.livejournal.com
Well, Russell is taking snaps but he'll put them on Facebook where they are no use to me at all. :( But the weather was so nice today and the city is really beautiful. But dang, I meant to have my camera!!!!

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