Packed and ready for home

Oftentimes at the end of a trip, there’s a feeling of wishing it could continue indefinitely. Such is not the case for us this time. Mama and I are ready and eager to return home to California. We had a wonderful time with our Italian friends and making new friends along the way. We enjoyed absolutely…

A rainy rest day with some laughs

Having walked our feet off all over Venice, plus the islands of Burano and Murano in the last few days, Mama and I didn’t mind that it poured rain all day today. We knew we’d need a day of rest; I even went to the grocery store yesterday in preparation. Mama spent the day working on another…

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…

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…

Water door excitement

This morning we woke up to the news that we’ll get to arrive at our Venice apartment by its garden’s water door! This is a thrilling, new experience for us Venetophiles. In the past, we’ve taken a boat to the nearest dock, which isn’t necessarily all that close to where you’re going. Mama and I…

We’re going back!

It’s official! We’re going back to our beloved Venice, Italy! And we leave next week! Mama and I have been researching and planning for the last few weeks, but essentially we’ve been packing on faith. We didn’t have flights or an apartment secured until this past week, but we are absolutely thrilled that it’s now…