Aug. 24, 2011
Tuesday was our fifth day in Italy. We had a long drive Monday night; it took about nine hours total to get to Mestre from Rome, with a stop in Florence, and a dinner stop on the highway at the Auto Grille, which is the equivalent of a truck stop in America. When we got to our hotel, we were tired but glad to get some rest. But our day was not over - we went to the top floor and hopped into the pool. It was fun.
We woke up the next day in Mestre and took a 20-minute bus drive to Venice, the home of carnivals and gondolas. To get to the island we took a short boat ride, which wasn't that bad, but it was a little hot in the small boat. We toured the city looking at architectural buildings with historical significance, including St. Mark's Cathedral and the Spiral Staircase. It was interesting to know that there aren't any cars allowed on the island, so all transportation on the narrow streets is done on foot or boat. After our tour, we continued on to see a glass-blowing demonstration. It was amazing to see hand-made glass and how you use different elements for different colors.
Next we had some free time to do some shopping before taking a gondola ride around the city. It was amazing. To wrap up the day, we ate at the Hard Rock Café, which was nice because they had American food to make us feel just at home. It was an amazingly good day.
Ta-ta for now.