An Afternoon in Verona & an Evening in Venice

Oct 2, 2012

Sep­tem­ber 22nd Car­o­line and I along with Lau­ra, her daugh­ter Vic­to­ria and a group of ladies from the retreat got up ear­ly that morn­ing to meet our dri­ver so he could take us to Venice. Lau­ra planned a stop in Verona so we could each lunch and site see for a bit. She named off some sites she thought we would love to see and sent every­one on their way. To which we all head­ed in dif­fer­ent direc­tions.

  • Pho­tos 1, 2 and 3 are pho­tos I took in the Piaz­za Bra. There’s a foun­tain in the mid­dle with bench­es and trees. You can get cof­fee and gela­to and it has an amaz­ing view of the Roman Are­na.
  • Pho­to 4 is of Juli­et’s Bal­cony. The area was super crowd­ed but still cool to see.
  • Pho­tos 5,6, 10, 12, 13 and 14 were tak­en while Car­o­line and I were eat­ing lunch and after­wards in the Piaz­za dei Sig­nori also known as Piaz­za Dante. The archi­tec­ture and detail in this area is amaz­ing.
  • Pho­tos 7, 8 and 9 are of the Scaliger Tombs. The tombs hold the remains of the Scaliger fam­i­ly, who ruled in Verona from the 13th to the late 14th cen­tu­ry.
  • Pho­to 11 is of the Torre dei Lam­ber­ti.
  • Pho­tos 15 and 16 are of the Verona Are­na. The build­ing itself was built in AD 30 and is one of the best pre­served ancient struc­tures of its kind.

After wan­der­ing the streets for a few hours of site see­ing we all got back into our van and head­ed for Venice.

Venice is so mag­i­cal. There is a vibe of excite­ment and won­der day and night in Venice. The water taxi ride to the hotel seemed so sur­re­al to me. I nev­er ever thought I would be sit­ting in a boat in Venice with such a won­der­ful group of ladies wait­ing to soak up as much of this city as we could. Venice is beau­ti­ful day and night and cer­tain­ly gives an entire­ly new mean­ing to the word win­dow shop­ping. I’ve nev­er seen such amaz­ing win­dow dis­plays in my life.

  • Pho­tos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 were all tak­en while on the water taxi. These two men got a work out for sure putting all our lug­gage onto the boat. I was kin­da start­ing to feel bad­ly for them. In the cen­ter of Pho­to 5 you can see the Rial­to Bridge. Pho­to 8 was tak­en as we were get­ting off the water taxi at our hotel. We stayed at the Corte Gri­mani Res­i­dence. It was a love­ly hotel. Car­o­line and I shared a suite with Lau­ra and her daugh­ter Vic­to­ria and had more than enough room for us four.
  • Pho­tos 9, 10, 11 and 12 were tak­en in St. Mark’s Square. Oh good­ness is this an amaz­ing place. Lau­ra was so cute as she ran ahead of me and Car­o­line so she could see our expres­sions when we saw Saint Mark’s Basil­i­ca for the first time. It is jaw drop­ping, eye pop­ping incred­i­ble. Pho­tos do not do this place jus­tice. You have to see it in per­son.
  • Pho­tos 13 and 15 were tak­en while Car­o­line and I walked around the streets. Pho­to 13 is of Car­o­line stand­ing in front of the Fer­rari store. We had to get this pho­to for Noah. That boy LOVES cars. Pho­to 15 is just one of the many incred­i­ble win­dow dis­plays.
  • Pho­to 14 is of musi­cians play­ing gor­geous music that echoed all through­out the St. Mark’s Square. You could sit and drink cof­fee and just lis­ten to the music and peo­ple watch.
  • Pho­to 16 is of a group of gon­do­la’s wait­ing for patrons in the morn­ing.

Tomor­row, I will show you pho­tos I took of the Doge’s Palace. Lau­ra arranged for us to take the Secret Itin­er­aries Tour which was amaz­ing and all the sites Car­o­line and I saw through­out the day.


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