Venice Day 1 - rest is still in progress
I am very happy we travelled in this order, all along I had told the Mom's and Kelly ---Venice will be without heavy agenda's, this will be the time to relax more,
the train ride -
this ride was from florence took about three hours , not too bad, had a beer and some chips in the little cafeteria by the dining car, i like people watching and I found something else I like to look at , tennis shoes, generally americans wear white ones, i guess to match everything but in Italy i'm seeing so many different colors and styles, some are quite bold , i'm not a big tennis shoe fan but i became the tennis shoe observer, so while having my beer, i'm checking out the tennis shoes of the fellow passengers.
the train comes to a stop, and i want a smoke, doors are open , a fellow who was in the snack room , is going out on the platform for a smoke, so i'm going too while Mom being a Mom is saying , you better watch it or you are going to be left here, i told her "u better grab me than and pull me up or you'll never find your hotel in venice"!!!
finally the train stops at what we think is our Venice stop,,,,,,,, start that nightmare of a job collecting the suitcases from above, moving down the aisle, and guess what? it's not our stoppppppppppppppppp, it's Mastre, someone is kind enough to tell us and THANK GOD , they did, ok sweating now----- get back to the seat, next one is the real deal !
my heart is starting to race and the excitement is building and i'm waiting for my first look at Venice, we go in the station, than out to the waterbus stops, and ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what a sight ! that first glimpse of Venice, on my gosh, wowwwwwwwwwwwwww , wowwwwwwwwwwww and more wows, this is it ! it's better than any pic i have seen
and it's hot ! i have a jean jacket on, sweater tied around my neck and i'm starting to roast , i go down to the ticket ramp but i'm not sure what waterbus since it's all in my travel book which was left at home, i find that it's 41/42 but i don't know what stop to get off at -- i know we are to go to cannaregio, i go to the ticket booth to buy all the water passes, we are buying the 72 hr one , find out that we should keep going left , by the next bridge is the 42 stop, cool we are off, with wayyyyyyyyyyyy to much luggage, which i'm nervous about, the first waterbus ever for us is here !! i struggle and i mean struggle, trying to get the luggage on, ( helping the mom's ) the attendant tells us where to stand with it -- he's brisk yes, there are two older ladies near me (americans) and they have maps of where hotels are located, they ask me where i'm going and than proceed to look our hotel up on their maps, they can't find it, ( ahhhhhhhhhh the heart is starting to race a little harder ) i decide to approach the "brisk" attendant, i tell him the hotel name " Ai Mori d' Oriente, cannergio, Orto stop he says, ahhhhhhhhhh relief, the two elderly ladies tell me, you are lucky he answered you, lot of them don't, and we are even luckier in that when we get near that stop he tells us, he's looking out for us ! excellent , i tell him 1000 gracies and american thank u's,
heart is settling down now but we dont know where the hotel is, so we just start walking and come across three little girls sitting , i decide i am going to ask them, one of these precious little girls jumps up and has us follow her, she leads us almost the whole way, bless that sweet child, there are no words for how fatigued we are by the time we reach the hotel front desk, we are over-dressed, huffin, puffin, but i'm taking it all in and looking around thinking ohhhhhhhhhh i am going to like this place, i love the canal it's sitting on, i love the decor of the hotel, the smiling bellman takes us to our rooms and i immediately fell in love with the room, i told mom, don't touch anything let me take pics of it first, than we can mess it up with all our debri ! i'm hot and thirsty and hit the mini-bar first thing, and have a colddddddddd beer, we get sorted out, freshen up and we hit the hotel bar, and toast Venice,
we get directions from the hotel staff to the water bus stop for San Marco, along the way we realize we are starving and go to a restaurant nearby and sit outside on the lane with many shops, we meet three couples from chicago, and are amused by the sign "no pizza", i have it in my photo link, we ordered the tourist menu, and u know what ? it wasn't bad, 11 euro, i had lasagna, sole fish, salad and beer, we have more drinks and are really enjoying sitting here, watching the people and munching,
now to the flirty men and the whattttttttttttttttttttttt !!!!!!!!!!!!! as we are sitting here, some of these men walking by stop, keep looking, smiling, being flirty, completely harmless and sweet, so kind of as a joke, i "mouth" the words " WHATTTTTTTTTT??" to them with wide-eyes - - i think this sends a little confusion to their system because they can't figure out what to make of it? and they are really curious now, they are thinking "what did she say ? "what did you mean"?? of these men two were especially humorous, they would start to walk away, come back , leave come back, and kelly's mom is doing a running commentary on it with "ahhhh they are leaving, nopeeeeee coming back, ok leaving , nope coming back, and one of them did come back and all the way to our table, smiling, speaking fluent italian of course and i cannot understand one word of what he is saying, so not knowing what to say--- i say something goofy, i say "photo" show him my camera, i figure i'll take his pic, not knowing what else to do? so he takes my hand to get our photo, i extend my hand to shake and tell him thank you, and he's not having any of this handshaking so i get that left cheek, right cheek smooch, than the ever popular going off to war like smooch, leaning backwards , quick smooch right on the lips !!! this all takes place in three seconds, i'm stumbling back to the table and all the while, our table and the couples from chicago, are all cheering and clapping, and i'm thinking okay, no more "whats" to the men, kelly always good for sarcasm, says we are not even here four hours yet and its already starting with you and the men, she yells about this at home too, if we are out and people come up and talk to me, she yells why didn't they come up to me? whats wrong with me? i tell her Nothing is wrong with you, you are just too darn pretty and they are scared of you and i have a friendly face, i give out "no threat" vibes, and being an X - bartendar people somehow know they can talk to me,
so we finish our late lunch and head for San Marco, and ohhhhhhhhhhh the ride in, what a place, the buildings, the people, the boats, it is just overwhelming, in such a good good way, the miracle of it all, i have never seen anything like this in my life, it's like the beautiful photos you see but it's coming to life, living and breathing and full of energy, i am completely blown away, ahhhhhhhhh than you get to the beautiful San Marco square, and just when you think you couldn't be stunned anymore, you are stunned all over again, fresh and new --- with your jaw dropping and your eyes popping, feeling " can this be real"?
that square is beautiful, i love everything about it, every person, every pigeon, the bascilla, the music , the atmosphere, the crowds , no crowds ----- i like it all, its time for a celebration beer and we head to the americano bar there and just stand taking it all in, wowwwwwwwwwwwww, we wander around more listening to all the orchestra's playing and checking out some of the handsome musicians :) the mom's needed a restroom and kelly took them to find it, on her way, she meets a young policmen named Luka??? in the course of three minutes he tells her he loves her looks, his name and occupation and wants her to go to his place, she tries to explain she has to find her friend and is with the mom's and he is having none of that and decides to stick right with her, like glue :)
i find the mom's first and say where's kelly??? they said, she is with some young guy, and i'm thinking what????? i find the both of them and we have introductions and she is trying to whisper to me everything that happened and he wants her at his place, well now i have to use the restroom, so i go to the left of florians, to a neat looking place, almost at the end, i dash in to the bar and tell him "beer for toilette" ? he smiles says go up , and he lets me use the restroom without having a beer, i'm so grateful about this, i call kelly and the mom's inside and order drinks for all of us, kelly had a frozen belini that was fabulous , i wanted to come back here and have one and never did, kelly wont go out because she is trying to lose luka, i'm the lookout and finally pronounce him "gone" so we head outside to the tables and just sit quietly the rest of the time, soaking it all in, we left around 9ish and the ride back was PACKEDDDDDDDDDDD, mom's a little freaked because of the crowds, there's a lady with a big dog with a muzzle on it right on the boat, he's so beautiful i can't resist and when the crowd thins some i ask if i can pet him, i do and when we get off kelly tells me i'm nuts petting a big dog like that wearing a muzzle, we make it to the hotel, tired and happy, Day One is complete !