Arrived in Venice at our hotel late yesterday after we had a delicoious dinner (after about a 3 hour bus ride) with lots of beautiful scenery! We do not have internet access, so while the students are off enjoying some relaxation time at the beach, I stole away to an internet cafe to get on-line and catch you up a little bit! No pictures tonight as I have them all on my own computer so I am hoping we will have internet access tomorrow night when we are in Montecatini Terme which is outside of Florence! Tomorrow we get to see the David statue sculpte by Michelangelo which I know all of the students will be impressed with even if they are not into sculpture and art works, as it is truly impressive.
Our day today in Venice was a fun day and I think all of the students had a good time. Venice is an interesting and compelling city with all of its canals and evey different kind of boat imaginable. We started the morning with a one hour boat ride from where our hotel is then walked to where we boarded gondolas. What fun! The last time I was in Venice I did not take a gondola ride, so this was a treat for me!
After the gondola ride we walked some more and finally met up with the guide who took us on a walking tour.
Next it was lunch time. The first thing that I noticed when we arrived at the restaurant was that it was full of local workmen| Now you know a restaurant serves good food and adequate portions when the place is filled with local workers at lunchtime| First we had tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, which was delicious. The next course was a delectable plate of THE best lasagna I have very eaten (and for those of you who do not know me, I am a first generation Italian, so I have eaten my fair share of lasagna over the years!
The final course of this awesome meal was gelato = the Italian version of ice cream! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm good!
After lunch we were treated to a demonstration at a Murano glass store. The glass blower is a master artison who made two gorgeous pieces for us in such a short time, it was amazing. I took a video of it and will include that in one of my blogs when I have free wi fi! I know it will be interesting for you to see!
By the way, two nights ago we slept in a huge barn in Austria in Pavillions. I know you are having a difficult time conceptualizing this, so will also send pictures to you of that! But we also did not have internet that night either and no electricity in the pavillions, so….you get the picture.
I can truly assure you that your children have had some experiences on this trip that they will never have again in their lifetimes!
From Florence, we are on the downhilll slide to home! It is without a doubt that your children will return home with some very mixed feelings – though they will be so happy to see you, their much beloved parents. and their friends – they will long for the excitement of the adventures they are leaving behind!
That is all I have for now.
One more thing -Ms. Patti and I were chatting on the boat coming back this afternoon and we could not help but remark how awesome the students on this trip are! They are A number 1, the best ever, and I know you are so proud of them and their accomplishments!
Blessings and hoping to have a blog with pictures for you tomorrow !!