Drawing Venice

A year ago, Mama and I were preparing to leave for Venice. September is our favorite time of year there, so I sprinkled some Venice-related inspiration throughout our Art Challenge for the month. Today’s prompt was bridge, of which Venice has no shortage! I’ll let the Venetophiles—or those with excellent vision—identify the bridge in my…

Rolling around Burano’s colorful streets

Mama and I ventured to the Venetian island of Burano, famous for their intricate lace making and brilliantly painted homes. Another wonderful feature of Burano is that is more accessible for a rollator walker. We could walk from the vaporetto (water bus) stop and through the island’s colorful streets without having to go over a…

Finding ourselves in San Marco at sunset

Mama and I took a long, slow walk across Venice today. We started at our apartment in Castello, walked nearly to the Rialto Bridge, then circled back to San Marco, and finally home again. We scrapped our original plans for today, because we had a few enjoyable errands to run around the city. We went…

Walking (and eating) through Venice

Mama and I had a lovely day in Venice, on our own little, self-planned walking food tour. First, we stopped for cafe lattes and pastries at Rosa Salva. We sat at one of the outside tables, looking onto the Campo Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo. We enjoyed watching the people parading past us nearly as much…

Water bus passes and new friends

It’s more fun to take the bus in Venice, because it’s actually a boat (called the Vaporetto). Since they’re used by locals and tourists, it can be very crowded (and therefore not always so fun, or even safe for those with mobility issues). But today we got on our first Vaporetto of this trip, and…

A regular day in Venice

Mama and I had errands to run today, and we got to figure out how to accomplish them the Venetian way. It was a fun game to plot our path, based on the least number of bridges/stairs and what we needed to carry. We dropped off our laundry first — reuniting with our previous landlady…

A very Italian evening

Tonight featured our first Italian Aperol Spritz and Bellini of the trip, new friends, and plenty of pasta! Mama and I got together with Noeleta, a fellow Californian we met in the Zurich airport on the way to Venice. It was so lovely to see her again and to meet her Italian family. The sunset…