Hello all! We are still working on our wedding weekend blog, but as it will be a long post we decided to start posting about our trip. The following blogs are written by Matthew with comments from Amanda in italics. 

 

We arrived in Venice at around 3:45pm local time. This was after leaving from New Orleans the morning before (shout out to Julio for the drop off), connecting through Newark, flying overnight to Munich, and then a quick hop to Milan (where we then took a 3 hour train ride). We were so exhausted we fell asleep on the train to Venice more than once, and woke up checking our pockets and making sure no one had run off with our luggage.

Flying to Munchen! 

Flying to Munchen! 

Matt's first train ride! 

Matt's first train ride! 

We were greeted at the train station by a dark and rainy Venice, and proceeded to walk to the Guglie water bus stop. {We started out with no covering because it was only drizzling, but we ended up getting pretty wet, so Matt made me wear his jacket. Thanks Matt!}

Rainy Venice

Rainy Venice

We met our AirBnB host there and then walked 3 minutes to our apartmento, which (after getting past 3 locked doors) was just as described. After a quick nap we ventured out to get a bearing on our surroundings. We found a restaurant,  we were wiped and hungry, and the food was actually great! I had pizza diavola and my wife (which is awesome to say!) ordered the gnocchi which she described as little pillows in her mouth. {They really were very delicious and the sauce was a delightfully tangy tomato sauce.} The joint was called Ristorante Pizzaria Serenissima.  We finished with a dessert called Crema de Catalan - probably the highlight of that day. After dinner we went to the store to grab some cheese and wine and bread and such - you know, snacks for later.  We grabbed our goods and headed home where we zonked out early around 8:30pm. {Matt tried to start writing this blog post but I passed out super fast.}

The next day we woke up early-ish and went downstairs to this pastry shop where we had croissants and espresso and for breakfast. We ate at the counter like the locals do, and then headed to the vaporetto (water bus) stop to ride to the island of Murano. After getting off at the wrong stop and losing ourselves on the tiny island, we eventually made it to the Museo del Vetro (Museum of Glass). We watched a few cool videos on the many different types of glass making, and then wandered through the museum learning the history and seeing the intricate works of Murano's glass masters.

Off to Murano! 

Off to Murano! 

Huge Glass Chandelier  

Huge Glass Chandelier  

Glass Installation Outside Museo del Vetro

Glass Installation Outside Museo del Vetro

Glass Replica of Something Important  

Glass Replica of Something Important  

It was an amazing place and although many places were hard to cross at high tide, we still made it out with a few souvenirs. This place is a must see if you travel to Venezia, though we recommend not visiting at high tide or else you might have to walk through the sea to get to the museum. 

High tide on Murano.  

High tide on Murano.  

Next, we returned home and dropped off some things and also researched a place for dinner later on our free wifi. {Of course it was high tide in Venice too...}

Venice at high tide.

Then we were off again on our adventure to see the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) where the Doge (basically a King with religious ties) used to run the country. This place blew us away……it was so beautiful and meticulously ornate. Here are some pictures - mostly of the frescoes on the ceilings!

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

Golden Ceiling

Golden Ceiling

Golden Staircase Ceiling  

Golden Staircase Ceiling  

It was amazing to say the least, and it only served to inspire me to see more historical sites and treasures like this one. We stayed until closing and then took in St. Mark's square (Piazza San Marco) at night. Incredible!

Amazing

Amazing

We found a great place to eat (Rottisserie de San Bartolomeo) where they have amazing seafood dishes served cafeteria style. We ordered the seafood lasagne (yes, you read that right mom) and a mixed fried seafood platter. {The fried calamari was delicious! I didn't miss the tartar sauce. This restaurant had so much selection that it was hard to make a choice. We settled on two dishes because more would have been too much, but it made me wish they had smaller portions so we could try more.}

Rotisserie de San Bartolomeo  

Rotisserie de San Bartolomeo  

Both were very good! On our way home wouldn't you know it there was a gelato place right as we came out of the restaurant (just lucky I guess). We got mixed berry and something called Crema de Doge, which was vanilla with coffee and caramel (can I pick 'em or what?!)!

GELATO! 

GELATO! 

We grabbed our train tickets on our way back to the apartment, and then headed to bed. The next morning we went back to the same cafe to get different pastries and cappuccinos. {Matt only put two sugars in his, which is an improvement. I thought the drink was perfectly creamy and warm on the chilly morning.} We went back to the apartment, grabbed our luggage, and walked to the train station to travel to Florence. {We are writing this at the end of the first day in Florence, but more on that later.} Ciao bellas! 

 

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