July 26, Prague to Venice and Rome
Well in the middle of our night Christine informed us that Riley had cancer. We were all devastated. Brenna and I wanted to be home so bad. In the morning we packed up our bags and left the hotel to catch the subway and bus to the Prague airport for our flight to Venice. Riley continued to get worse. By the time we reached Venice, it was decided that Riley would have to be put to sleep since he was in so much distress. Christine and Kaylyn were with Riley and Brenna and I talked to him on the phone while we were riding the bus from Venice airport into town and soon he was gone. It was a terrible way to have to continue our travels with such heavy hearts. Upon arriving in the canal area, we set off trying to find our way walking to San Marcos Basilica. We ended up hopelessly lost amongst the streets, bridges, and canals so we found our way back to our starting point where we took a water taxi to the Basilica. The taxi ride provided some really nice scenery. We arrived at San Marcos Square and searched for a place to buy an ice cream to enjoy in the shade away from the heat. We were both rather tired and still upset so we just wandered around looking at shops and taking photos to enjoy some day when our spirits are higher. Instead of waiting in line to go inside the Basilica,we sat on some steps and dangled our feet in the water as it splashed up the steps on the main seaside waterway. We had been carrying our packs all this time in Venice so we decided to just head back to the train station and wait there for the train to Rome. It is now 6:45 pm and we are on the train, Brenna is resting and I'm trying to catch up on this writing but my heart is just not in it today. At least we are keeping busy.
We arrived at the train station in Rome at 9:30 pm. We flagged down a cab to get to the apartment. The driving here is crazy. There are cars going every which way, not in any particular lanes with pedestrians meandering through traffic and many scooters zipping in between everything. There is no way I would rent a car in this part of Rome! We got to the apartment, met Alessandro set our stuff down and set off to find supper. We saw The Pantheon just around the corner and found a cafe restaurant where we ordered pizza and wine. Once back at the apartment we made some calls home to talk with Christine and to Mom and Dad. Another long, busy, very sad, emotional day is done.