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…

Canal view with a fan

Venice is experiencing an unusual September heat wave — it’s muggy and sticky, and seems to only cool down for a couple hours around 5 a.m. This sort of weather is exactly why we don’t come to Venice in the summer. Mama and I were massively grateful when our landlord showed up at our apartment…

First gelato of the trip

It was another hot and humid day in Venice. Mama and I tried to cool down with a cup of gelato. We chose a peach/apricot flavor, which was very creamy and refreshing. Paisley also enjoyed licking our cups when we finished. We walked a little farther from home today and still didn’t get lost! We…

Quick reunion plus tiramisu

Today was our first full day in Venice, and we spent much of it recovering from travel. Mama and I did get to enjoy our lovely garden — and Paisley loved it too! The sounds of Venice are so different from home. Church bells ring out in an as-yet-undistinguishable pattern. Boat traffic included various sized…

Arriving safely

Wednesday’s post is a little late because our internal time clocks are all off — we arrived in Venice in the evening after two days of traveling filled with odd meals at strange times and intermittent naps. Mama and I are choosing to focus on the wonderful angels we met along our trip, rather than…