Well, here we are: our last day in Venice (and the last day of our trip). Craig woke up with some sinus congestion, and since we were traveling the next day, we figured we’d better find some decongestant. We asked the front desk where the nearest farmacia was, and headed out around a couple of corners to discover a lovely square that we somehow hadn’t come across yet.
This is the second time now that we’ve had to obtain the equivalent of Suda.fed in a foreign country (the first was in the Tokyo airport on the way back from Thailand). Next time (Ethiopia?) we’ll be sure to just bring some along with us. Craig took his medicine and we headed off to catch a vaparetto for a tour of some of the small islands around Venice.
We decided not to get off at the island that serves as Venice’s cemetery (no bodies are buried in Venice) and went straight to Murano, the base of Venice’s famous glassware. Several hundreds of years ago, the powers that be decided that it was too dangerous to continue glass-making in Venice due to the fires needed to blow the glass. So now, all Venetian glass is made here.
We wandered the cute streets and canals of Murano and admired the shops of amazing glassware. We saw a couple of artists working with the glass, and we also saw a few neat glass sculptures.
We picked up a glass bead necklace for me and this lovely vase as souvenirs:
The next stop on our island tour was Burano, which is known for its hand-made lace and brightly painted buildings. This was a tiny island that one could walk from end to end in about ten minutes. We enjoyed wandering around.
As with most days of our trip, we didn’t have any lunch this day. But we did stop for a delicious piece of tiramisu!
Much to my surprise, Craig was into my idea that we could purchase a nice set of table linens. He did note, after the fact, that it must have been the cold medicine that made him happy to participate in a day of shopping for glass and lace.
Craig was feeling a bit woozy (we figured out that we did not get non-drowsy medication, so he was having to fight off the strong urge and need to sleep) so we decided to skip the last island on the tour and head back to the hotel. After a bit of rest for Craig, it was time to head out to dinner. Remembering the fantastic meal we’d had two nights before, we decided to go back to that restaurant for our last meal in Italy. It did not disappoint – we had an amazing caprese salad, lasagna for me and fish for Craig, and amazing desserts again. After that, it was time to head back to the hotel and pack for our departure the next morning.
The next day was the only day in our entire trip that we actually set an alarm. We had our breakfast, threw the last items in our bags, and took the water bus to the airport. I carried a bizarrely packed backpack holding our fragile vase (wrapped in a box) and a bottle of limoncello (yum!). The Venice airport is brand new and very nice, except for the ticketing/security area, which seems to have been planned with no thought about where to put all of the people in line for security checks! After a brief layover in Madrid (an amazing piece of architecture, by the way), we enjoyed our bulkhead seats on the way home.
It has taken me about a month to find the time to write about our trip, but I’m so glad I made the effort. The blog posts will be a wonderful reminder for us for years and years to come. The trip was everything we wanted it to be – relaxing, exciting, educational, cultural, full of great food and drink, time away from work, and most importantly, time spent together. Spending four nights in each city was a really great amount of time. Sure, another day or two would have been wonderful (which is always the case with vacations) and we would have found plenty of things to do, but we didn’t feel like we missed things and we didn’t feel rushed from one destination to the next.
We both plan to return to Italy some day, but for now, our memories will have to suffice. Arrivederci, Italia!