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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