venice, part one

After absolutely perfect weather in Rome – seriously, it was mid-60s during the day and just a few degrees cooler at night – we knew not to complain on our travel day to Venice. It rained most of the way and at each stop on the route, we could feel that the air was getting colder and colder. Sure enough, by the time we got to Venice, it was cold, wet, and grey.

After getting slightly lost (which we knew was supposed to be fun in Venice, but it really wasn’t when it was 45 degrees and we were dealing with luggage), we found our hotel and got settled in. We wandered to a nearby restaurant for dinner – a good-but-not-amazing meal of caprese salad, gnocchi, and branzini (fish) – and called it a night, hoping that the next day would at least be dry.

Sure enough, in the morning the rain had stopped, although it remained quite cool. That was okay, though, since we had packed planning for late October weather, and we had sweaters and jackets.

The view from our hotel room.

We decided to start our day by exploring St. Mark’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Square, which were just a few blocks from our hotel.

St. Mark's Basilica

The platform-looking things are raised walkways when the square floods (and it does, 100 times a year).

We weren’t allowed to take photos in the church, but the unique thing about the artwork here was that it was all done in mosaics of glass tiles. It was beautiful!

After touring the church, we decided to walk along the waterfront, and just wander and explore. This ended up being one of our favorite times in Venice. We had a map, but we decided to leave it folded up and just walk. We knew we were on a pretty small island and that we couldn’t get too lost! We wandered for probably about three hours.

Floating fruit stand.

Back at the hotel, we continued our cocktail hour routine and enjoyed a couple of Bellinis:

We decided to head to a restaurant suggested by a friend for dinner. However, when we got there, it just happened to be the one night of the week when it was closed. We wandered around that area and lucked into finding our favorite restaurant of the whole trip. Get ready for some food p*rn!

Crostini with various soft cheeses and toppings.

Pumpkin and porcini mushroom risotto.

Chicken breast stuffed with ricotta and sundried tomatoes.

We were both ridiculously full by this point, but given how wonderful the meal had been, we couldn’t pass up dessert!

Craig's dessert - puff pastry topped with mascarpone cheese and pears.

The best dessert ever made in the entire world! Chocolate cake with lemon cream and caramel sauce.

We decided to take an indirect route back to the hotel, to try to walk off a bit of what we had just eaten! It took us about an hour to get back to the hotel, and by this point we could tell that the weather had broken and that we would have lovely weather again the next day.



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11 Responses to venice, part one

  1. Meg B says:

    Mmmmm, food porn. Thanks for sharing, I love pictures of food…and eating food…sigh. There’s nothing like sharing an amazing meal with loved ones!

  2. Zoe says:

    Yum!! I never made it to Venice, but plan to go sometime… can’t wait to read your next installment!

  3. Jenny says:

    so glad the rain stopped right away for you guys!!! everything looks just fabulous!

  4. I’m totally drooling here.
    Before we had kids and actually had time and money to travel (ha!), one of Adam’s and my favorite things to do was just wander, mapless, through a city. We felt it was truly the best way to get to know an area. And you stumble upon the most wonderful sights.
    But I can also agree with you that getting lost while toting luggage is

  5. sue says:

    it was a bad idea to read this just before bed! your dinner and dessert looks wonderful!

    i love that you wandered through the city, it’s such a beautiful place with so many hidden treasures. i can’t wait to see part 2!

  6. Kala says:

    Wonderful pictures. And the food? Hmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Emily B. says:

    I want that risotto right now!!! It looks heavenly!! And the view from your hotel looked amazing!!

  8. Christine says:

    I love this! And I’m totally craving a gourmet meal now.

    I love that you just wandered around. What a way to see a city! Can i just say, I love gondolas as well?! Wow, there’s a lot I *love* about this post, huh?!

  9. Kelly says:

    Awwww, Venice. I love Venice. Your photos are fab. I’m loving these posts. More please!

  10. sue says:

    Kelly, I love Venice-well all of Italy–your photos are great and take me back to my time there many many years ago and I too look forward to following your blog and journey. That Evelyn–she’s a blog matchmaker ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. mkwewer says:

    Oh my Dog, that food looks amazing! You and Craig look so happy and relaxed in these pictures!

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