Up before 6 am because we are driving to Venezia (Venice) with an 11:30 am deadline in order to return our van without paying for an extra day. All is well on the drive. Alan loads the van perfectly, we have very little traffic, and we arrive at the drop-off rental on time, although we have a bit of trouble finding the office, driving all the way up a 10-level circular garage only to find the Europa office is all the way at the bottom on the Exit side. Confusing, because signage is poor, if not missing altogether!
We take our first water taxi to the hotel. The taxi driver is also our guide, pointing out buildings and landmarks. Seems strange to be traveling on a waterway instead of a highway. We take our luggage to our hotel, which is right near St. Mark’s Square and in the middle of everything: shops, restaurants, food stands and lots of Murano glass objects from the famous island nearby with that name… and masks, masks, masks!
After lunch, I nap and then organize the room. The concierge recommended a restaurant that turns out to be lovely, with a garden and pleasant service. My entrée is a little small for me, so I order dessert. Dinner is a 2 ½ hour affair and very relaxing, much more sane than the hurried meals we often have at home where the staff can’t wait until you leave!
Back to our hotel and in bed by 11 p.m. Another full day tomorrow!