Now that the world is coming out of it’s covid haze, and opening up a little bit, I’ve got itchy feet. So I wanted to plan a long weekend away either somewhere new, or somewhere I haven’t been in a long time. And a short flight away.
I was hemming and hawing about Venice (which I haven’t been to in about 15 years, and Liam has never been to) and my friend Hayley suggested we do something all together as we did a few Easters ago when we went to the Camargue.
Flights were cheap, and Hayley and Tom were IN!! We were going to Venice for 5 days 🙂 A bit challenging to find an apartment to sleep 4 of us in 4 beds. We settled on a 2 bedroom flat in the San Marco neighbourhood that also had 2 sofabeds (because neither boy wanted to share a bed with mum anymore).
So we were all well planned, I was researching where to go, what to do and most importantly where to eat… until disaster struck.
A few days before we were supposed to leave, Hayley tested positive for Covid, courtesy of her husband who just returned from a golf vacation. Nothing much to be done… everything was all booked and paid for. So Hayley took a risk and moved her flights back a couple of days and took daily tests — and fortunately just managed a negative test so she could fly to join us on Easter Sunday.
Which meant that Liam and I had the first 2 days of wandering Venice all on our own.
It was fairly easy to make our way to the airport into the city. A long boat ride (just over an hour) and we were dropped a 5 minute walk from our apartment. Venice is a bit confusing to make your way around, and google maps isn’t much help… but it wasn’t too long before we found our flat, dropped our bags, and then headed out for our first lunch of the trip at a local casual restaurant.
We spent the first day just kind of wandering around, getting our bearings, and soaking in the beauty of Venice. Liam whinged constantly that he wanted to go back to the apartment (because he only wants to play video games) but too bad son! Venice won’t be here forever!
It wasn’t a long day, travel days are exhausting. We picked up some stuff at the supermarket and I let Liam wind down with a couple hours of Video games while I enjoyed the sounds of the boats below our window. Nice and quiet in the evening….
We were still crossing fingers that Hayley and Tom would join us by easter sunday… nothing was for sure!!!
our boat transfer to the city! we planned on taking a private boat when there were 2 of us to share costs... but now that liam and i are on our own.... economy!
Liam's favourite thing.
our 'street' in venice
Piazza San Marco... i think the prettiest square in the world. But Liam had no interest to go inside the church, or climb the stairs of the Campanile tower.
Still Liam's favourite thing
Liam gets me a Bellini at the supermarket
Liam tries Sardines Saor -- a local specialty of white polenta, sardine and a cold onion sauce. Hm. Neither of us were fans....
But he LOVED the mussels and clams.