Night Location: Venice, Italy
Song of the Day: Lovefool - The Cardigans
Mumisode of the Day: Stumbling happily downstairs after a glorious sleep-in at 11:30am on Saturday morning, the children discovered the parents still at the table, just starting breakfast. Mum and Dad were sharing a two-bedroom apartment and Mum informed us that she had been "trapped in the bedroom all morning while the other two guests performed multiple ablutions." She maintained that "every time I came out in my nightie there was someone in there! They even had a go at getting in on both your father and me!" The children were shocked at this, as Dad had come up to request towels two hours earlier.
As you can see from the Mumisode, the day started somewhat lazily. The children had a coffee at the bar across the street while waiting for the parents to emerge. Eventually they did and we set off with Columbus leading the way. We visited a fantastic church first up, Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. It is made completely of brick and soda and is just massive. As we were about to enter we saw a bride and groom step out of the main doors and have rice thrown as a big cheer went up. Kind of strange to have your wedding looked at by hundreds of tourists.
Inside, the space of the church is hard to describe. It is very cleverly sectioned so that it feels more intimate while still remaining huge. The light through the windows down over the altar was beautiful. David and Gemma were both stalked by a strange child who insisted on getting as uncomfortably close to them as possible on two separate occasions.
From there we separated. Dad and Mum continued on to explore further and the children had a great lunch next to one of the many canals. The waiter particularly liked David and referred to him repeatedly as Romeo.
The highlight of the afternoon by far was the discovery of the elusive glasses from Capri that we have been searching for ever since. They are tucked into a little shop in the corner of St Mark's Square and are sold in one of two shops in Venice. It was decided that these would be purchased after dinner.
We met up in the afternoon outside St Marks Basilica. Sadly for us, due to some special event that none of us are sure of, it closed at 1400 so we had missed it. We were all fairly disappointed about this.
David and Amber had a romantic evening on the town complete with a ride in a gondala and more Venchi.
Major pack tonight. Tomorrow we fly Wizz Air with one carry-on bag only and one checked bag only off to Hungary.