Venice

WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!!! WILL COMES HOMES TODAY!!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!!!

This is my mantra this morning. It was my mantra when my alarm went off at 6am so I can call him before he headed off and it will be my mantra as I’m vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom and putting a ham in the slow cooker and baking! Lots of baking today!

But on to business: Venice!

I’m STILL pinching myself that we were just there two and a half weeks ago! Oh it was amazing!

For starters, we traveled to Venice together. That was huge for me because I had been doing a lot of traveling by myself lately and I was getting tired of it. I prefer my 5am explorations for bus stops to include my husband. It’s just better that way.

Second, our hotel was awesome. We weren’t sure what kind of hotel the Groupon deal would land us in but I’m pretty sure we hit the jackpot! We stayed at the Hotel Pausania and couldn’t have been more pleased. Everyone was really kind and helpful and we loved it’s location. It’s a short walk from where the airport bus drops you off but in a quiet area. We weren’t surrounded by other hotels which means we weren’t surrounded by tourists. There were a ton of local bars and restaurants by us too. And, it was only a short walk from the hotel to the main piazza (San Marco).

Third, we didn’t break the bank. So many people write about how Venice is expensive because they have to import everything and that made me nervous. We got an amazing deal from Groupon (which we saved on our flights and hotel) and we were smart about food.

And fourth, Will and I were both on the same page with exploring. That’s all we wanted to do. And we all know that’s huge because I’m not a walker. But I was so entranced by the city that walking was all  I wanted to do. And Will and I both loved getting lost in Venice. Not that you could because it’s so small, but it was fun trying!

When you guys go to Venice (because it’s an absolute must!) you have to check out Bistrot Ai Do Draghi. It’s a cute little bar we found trying to get out of the rain that was such a gem! The snacks they provided were all homemade and delicious! And really good wine as well :)

Our last day in Venice was super cool. First of all, we experienced acqua alta (“high tide”) where everything was covered in water. People were walking in water up to their shins! It’s was crazy. The hotel was prepared for it and had the furniture up on platforms the night before. Will and I were on the second floor so it didn’t affect us until we went down for breakfast the next day. We were not prepared so we stayed in the hotel that morning but the tide had gone back down and everything went back to normal by the late morning. Which, I was grateful for because I did not want to walk around in sopping, wet clothes. It also smelled rancid. But that was life in Venice and it was cool to experience it. Another bonus for our last day was that the sun came out! <insert angels singing>

Oh he’s so handsome!! (I can’t believe he comes home today!!!!!!!)

Oh Venice!

In my head Venice was this magical floating city and that’s exactly what it is. There’s no other city in the world like it. It felt like a time capsule that transported me to another time or another world. It really did feel magical to me. I mean, there are opera singers floating down the canals and aqua-colored water and delicious food everywhere… if that doesn’t scream magical I don’t know what does!

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Rome. Re-visited.

I’m having a case of severe wanderlust. It’s February and I want to go somewhere… anywhere! This time last year Will and I were on a plane to Rome. So, I thought I’d take a quick minute to re-visit Rome with you.
This is what we saw when we landed.

That’s right, the weekend we decided to fly down south was the weekend Europe decided to have a freak out and drop 6 inches of snow. They hadn’t had this much snow in 30 years! I will say that it made for a gorgeous walk in the morning.

For the next three days we walked  e v e r y w h e r e !! And I forgot to wear wool socks that first day so my feet got wet and cold and froze and hurt like hell. Needless to say, I was that American tourist in the bathroom of the Vatican standing barefoot on the floor drying her socks in shoes underneath the hand dryer. It was not a high moment.
It was our first trip with friends and it was so much fun! We saw so many things (i.e. the Spanish Steps, the Sistine Chapel, The Vatican, Mass, the ruins, etc.). I loved Rome, absolutely loved it! It gave me a tiny taste of Italy and now I can’t wait to explore more of it! And I highly recommend vacationing with friends.