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Memories of Venice
Good day to you!
First I need to tell you just how strange things were yesterday... I wrote my blog prior to Tanya writing her's and signed off, thinking "Ok, I'm all done."
The next thing I know, I get a text and an email from Tanya asking me if everything is okay since I hadn't written my blog yet.
I say, "What?!! I wrote it earlier and saved it!" But for some reason, it just disappeared. It was so upsetting.
So, with very little time left before our emailing time, I bang out my blog all over again and as fate would have it, I actually made it in time!
I do hope you enjoyed reading it yesterday and some of the fun things happening this month in an around New York for my W2GW segment.
How about a few Throwback Thursday travel memories today?
I know it's only two years ago, but this month in 2014, me and my girlies were traveling through Italy for just about the entire month of August.
It was one of the most wonderful trips of my entire life and one that I had planned for a number of years.
I decided to start in Rome and work my way north. My itinerary and daily blogs were very informative and I welcome you to read each entry HERE.
One of my absolute favorite cities visited was Venice!!
Here are the links to our five days in Venice:
Day 1: August 16th
Day 2: August 17th
Day 3: August 18th
Day 4: August 19th
Day 5: August 20th
Venice is truly a magical city. Just the idea that it is surrounded by water and canals envelop the entire place is brilliant!
Just walking around and getting lost in the city is an adventure. And of course, there are the iconic sites and things to do such as a gondola ride, the Rialto Bridge and a walk around San Marco Plaza.
One morning I awoke early while my little group was asleep and took a stroll around, snapping pictures of the gondolas lining up. It was magical.
The next day, me and the girls embarked on a scheduled 2-hour tour counting lion images and statues around Venice.
As you may or may not know, the winged Lion is the symbol of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice.
My next trip to Italy will be to the south of the country, where my family hails. Namely, Calabria and the island of Sicily.
I'm hoping it will be within the next couple of years!
And I'm also looking forward to it being with my dear cuz, Tanya!
How about some more information about Venice...
16 Fun Facts About Venice, Italy
1. Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on a collection of approximately 115 tiny islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.
2. Venice is more than 1500 years old and dates back to the mid 400's.
3. The first public casino in the world was opened in Venice in 1638.
4. The first woman in the world that graduated was born in Venice in 1646.
5. By the 18th century, there were over 200 churches in Venice.
6. The famous San Marco bell tower, or campanile, was built in the 12th century and collapsed in 1902. The tower was rebuilt to be exactly the same as the previous one. It is 98,6 metres tall, which makes it fifth tallest bell tower in Italy.
7. There are 3 major bridges across the Grand Canal – Accademia, Rialto and Scalzi.
8. There are more than 400 pedestrian footbridges spanning the canals.
9. Venice has one of the narrowest streets in the world. Calletta, or Ramo Varisco street, is only 53 cm wide.
10. There are about 350 gondolas and 400 gondolieri in the city of Venice.
11. On average, a gondola is 11 meters long and it weighs almost 600 kilos.
12. Venice got its first female gondolier in 2010.
13. Venice has 177 canals.
14. Over 18 million tourists visit Venice every year, which works out to about 50 thousand people per day.
15. According to Venetian tradition, the couple riding in gondola should kiss under each bridge and they will stay in love forever.
16. Venice is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimeters a year.
...we had an interesting night last night. Late in the afternoon, Kelsey was complaining of a stomach ache. I told her to drink a bit of seltzer, in hopes that it would calm her belly.
Anyway, she went out to dinner with her dad and Gianna and the next thing I know, I get a text from Gianna that Kelsey threw up.
Oh no! Well, when she got home I found out she had eaten chicken nuggets and fries but moreover, she gulped down a chocolate chip milkshake. I'm assuming that put her over the edge.
The good news is, when she got home, she reported that she felt much better. So, that made me happy since it was not viral, and probably just an upset stomach from eating too much. Whew!
Today, we are having a barn day, the second day this week. We took a break yesterday, but back in the saddle today!
Hope it's a great one!!
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