Now, for your reading pleasure, my thoughts of Venice, live from Venice. (Well, I wrote it while I was in Venice)
" Another good night's sleep last night, so yay! Today we get on our cruise, which I am really ready for. Italy by train has been great, but I am ready to just relax and to have some American conveniences. Yesterday was Venice, which is a very weird city. It is hard to explain, but I guarantee that when someone says something is the "Venice of the North" or of the whatever, they are talking crazy because there is no other Venice. Imagine a huge hedge maze with the hedges being 4 or 5 story buildings which are hundreds of years old. Every once in awhile, you cross a bridge over a canal, but can never really gain perspective as to where you are. Oh, and these bridges are all steps. No wheelchair accesibility in Venice. Now, add to the maze a DisneyWorld style crowd who walk like they do in a theme park, looking around, stopping for no apparant reason etc. The maze has signs pointing along the correct path to the major sites (Saint Marks, the Rialto, the train station etc.), and everyone stays on those paths, so they are jammed during the day. If you get off a path, it is beautiful and peaceful, but you might just find yourself at a dead end or a water's edge. No map can truly keep you from getting lost. Like I said, Venice is weird. I assume I will be back someday, but it isn't a driving desire like I felt/feel to return to Florence. And I would NEVER begin my vacation in this exhausting city.
Enough of that. So, another thing I am really looking forward to is American food. As much as I love Italian food, and I do, we broke down and got McDonalds last night because I was just craving different. I know, crazy. But it was truly enjoyed. I hope to post some more pictures later today, but I did already post some to my profile so take a look. Next up: cruise and Dubrovnik!"