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Carol Perkins: Adventures in Italy, Part 4

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By Carol Perkins

When we reached Venice, the city of canals, the only way to get to our hotel was by water taxi or a water bus. Because there are no vehicles allowed, walking down the narrow streets is the only option. The Grand Canal circles the city, but within the city are endless concrete bridges and steps leading to attractions. If a person cannot walk, he cannot function in Venice.

Our hotel (Hotel Palazzo Vitturi) had once been a castle and was the perfect location. When I inquired about booking the room, I noticed there were no elevators but was guaranteed a first-floor room. First floor in Italy is the second floor in the states. When I looked at the climb, I sighed. Once I caught my breath and surveyed the "second floor," I realized we were lucky. Our room faced the Camp Santa Marie Formosa square (an old church area) filled with open-air restaurants and few tourists.

A balcony at the end of the foyer overlooked the city and we sat there at night and watched the people. Immediately up the stairs was an area with a grand piano and many cozy sitting areas with eight rooms leading off that foyer.

While Guy and Noah put the luggage in our room, I began to play the grand piano. Noah said, "I didn't know you played." I told him there were many things he didn't know about his grandma. Then with a stone face, he said, "Been a while, hasn't it!" Guy "got down" laughing.

We roamed the streets, ate traditional Italian food and too many scoops of gelato. High on our list of places to visit were St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Our side trip from Venice was to Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano is famous for blown glass, but I didn't come home with any. In Torcello, the shops were too tempting. I found handmade items (jewelry and scarves) and bought several pieces. I heard Noah (who protested each stop) tell his Papa that I was going to spend all "their" money. However, back in Venice when he spotted a tiny sports store with a pair of "Italian" tennis shoes in the window, he didn't mind spending "our money." As all tourist do, we took a Gondola ride and toured museums. One afternoon, Noah looked at Papa Guy and said, "Don't you think we need to go back to the hotel and rest!" Music to my ears.

Too soon, it was time to take our water taxi to the airport. The flight home was long, but I was so tired I laid my head back and snored in a soft gurgle.

Our grandchildren's trips are over; Noah was the last. I hope they will someday tell their children about their adventures with Cici and Papa Guy. J.C. asked if we were going to start all over. My reply, "The next trip will be with all of you!" Guy looked at me and said, "What next trip!" He would be the first to pack his bags.

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2019-08-16 - Venice, Italy - Photo by Carol Perkins.
Guy Perkins and granson Noah, on a recent trip to Italy. Carol writes, "We roamed the streets, ate traditional Italian food and too many scoops of gelato."

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