As we got off of the train and walked through the doors to the Grand Canal- all of your advice went out the window. I was mesmerized.... I was in love!
We had planned our three days with churches to visit, places to go and things to do.( all with TA's help) We had the trip organized down to the minute.
Your forget to tell me that I would be happy just BEING in Venice- there was not reason to hurry, no sights that HAD to be seen.
Venice itself was to be experienced and just being there was enough.
We never made it in any of the churches-or other "sites" but filled our days walking, people watching eating, and staying in the best bed & breakfast of our entire trip to Italy (Room in Venice).
Thanks again for all of your help- maybe next time we will do what everyone recommends but to just be in Venice was more than enough this time!