Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fly Me To The 'Moon, Part Three: Venezia

So many amazing things about Venice:

The little bar run by two women near our hotel that we found within an hour of arriving and went back to a few times because they had the best panini and the friendliest smiles (which is saying something as most everyone we met in Venice was nice).

The Californian couple we met while getting gelato on our last evening who were celebrating their 53rd anniversary. They had more energy than we did!

Eating at a restaurant right on the Grand Canal. Spectacular location and one of our cheapest meals on the trip. Can't beat that.

Napping in the afternoons because it was so! So! SO! Hot! Out! Side!

Getting lost. Truly. Several times.

Buying a painting from an artist in St. Marks square that I am absolutely in love with. I get butterflies in my stomach when I look at it. It's hanging over my dresser in our bedroom now.

That being there feels like a fairy tale because only in a story would an entire city be built on water.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Fly Me To The 'Moon, Part Two: Firenze

Amazing things about Florence:

Our hotel. I could write pages singing its praises. But I'll stick with saying that there was breakfast in bed every morning, champagne when we arrived, and a welcome package with spaghetti and sauce!

Walking through the quiet backstreets and stumbling upon a wonderful little art shop selling beautiful dainty etchings that were being made as we browsed around. We bought two.

The food. Oh goodness, the food.

The fact that I was a little in awe of the place, and therefore didn't take all that many photos. Most of the time, I wanted to see it with my eyes rather than the lens.

To see a few Florence photos: