- Woke up and got ready for the day
- Walked over to San Marco's plaza and got museum passes for a bunch of places in venice
- Bought some fruit and water at a little stand
- Took the #5 bus to Murano which is famous for its glass. We went into the glass museum in Murano which was covered in our pass and saw some really pretty glasswork from as early as the 1st century
- Walked around through the tiny streets and into the million little shops in Murano. We bought a few necklaces and other souvenirs and at one shop there was this adorable little Bichon that was loving our attention. Although we weren't able to actually see the glass blowing because it's too hot in August, we really enjoyed just walking around the island and going into all the little shops. After a few hours we headed on the water bus towards Burano.
- Burano is so adorable especially all of the bright colored houses along all the canals. It is known for its lace and although we didn't go to the lace factory, I enjoyed just looking at the lace in the shops. We bought some pasta at a little store then got take away pizza with brie cheese and prosciutto which was probably the best pizza I've ever had! We walked to this little park near the water and ate it there. It was absolutely delicious!
- After a while we left Burano and took a very long water bus ride back to San Marco. From there we visited Doge's Palace where we saw the institutional chambers where the great ten, the senate, ect had their meetings. It was full of beautiful paintings and architecture especially on the ceilings. Attached to the Palace is the New Prision which you walk over the Bridge of Sighs to get to. The Bridge of Sighs is the only raised and covered bridge in Venice and got its name from the sighs of the prisoners as they crossed it.
- Then we went back to our "hostel" (it was more like a hotel) to drop off the stuff we accumulated throughout the day. We weren't quite hungry yet but we decided to check out the food situation and so we wandered aroundRialto Bridge and found this place right on the Grand Canal that looked good so we decided to go back there later.
- Then we went to find an ATM and ran into a huge hub for gondolas which was interesting. The gondolas are so pretty and detailed, I wish they weren't so expensive! We went into another little shop and got some more souvenirs and then headed over the Rialto to get dinner.
- The restaurant we went to was called Ristorante Floridawhich like I said was just on the grand canal. We decided to wait so we could have a seat right along the water and we noticed there was a sign for wifi so we asked and got a free hour of internet on my sister's phone and they brought us 2 Belini's on the house! We all know how much I love free stuff and especially in such an expensive city so obviously I was very excited. We only had to wait like 15-20 minutes and then we were seated. I ordered gnocchi al pomodoro and my sister ordered risotto con pese (risotto with seafood which was shrimp and calamari) and we got an insalta mixta to share. Of course we had bread and dipping sauce as well. The meal was absolutely delicious and reasonable considering we finally had access to internet (it was nice to tell someone we were still alive,) free drinks and a very filling meal and it was around 35 euro total.
- After dinner we walked across the rialto bridge to catch the water bus that goes all along the grand canal (something we were told was a must-do). On the way up the canal to Piazza Roma, we sat in the back and so it was a little loud and we couldn't see everything but then we switched boats and got in the front of the next boat and it was much better. I'm still fascinated by Venice and I think I'll always feel this way. There's so many canals and little alleyways that they call roads (although road names shouldn't even exist cause no one uses them and you can barely find the street signs).
- We got off the water bus at rialto bridge which is very close to our room and attempted to find some gelato. However we didn't think about the fact that it was close to midnight on a Sunday night so pretty much everything was closed or closing. During our search we ran across a family from Minnesota who were trying to take a picture jumping on the bridge. We took some pictures for them and then they encouraged us to try it too and they took a picture of us. They seemed like a really fun family and you could really tell they were having an awesome vacation.
- From there we just headed back to our room and packed up our bags for our next destination which is Como, Italy.
- Venice is so beautiful and not exactly as I imagined it. its really true that there are no cars (although we did see one decorative car on display) and its pretty impossible not to get lost. We found that our favorite things were just wandering around and seeing all the beautiful and sometimes strange things we encountered. Also in Venice, you could be walking down this little alleyway and then turn a corner and be in a huge square full of people, so you never really knew where you would end up. We also got to see a lot of museums, artwork and Italian culture but more importantly we were able to go off the beaten track and find cute shops and wonderful food. I definitely think that I could live off of Italian meals for the rest of my life :)