"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Thursday, November 17, 2016

home by way of venice

Returning cars out of the original country of rental can be a headache and pricey. 

Our plan had been to rent when we first landed in Florence and travel up the coast toward Switzerland, beeline to Austria, curve around to Slovenia and then head back to Florence to return our rental cars before flying home.

We had an extra day and I begged and begged that we get out early enough to get to see Venice by way of our return to Florence.

I mean, we may never be here again so why not?

Everyone was eager at the prospect and did their part to get us on our way.

We just knew that we would love Venice when we found wild blackberries growing on the roadside as we walked to the ferry.

Venice is built on water and I've heard it's touristy, crowded and maybe even a little dirty. So, we didn't know what to expect.

It may have ended up being our favorite city by far. It's definitely one that we all said we would come back to see again one day.

Those little walking paths leading into secret alleys were so quaint and romantic.

The streets were lined with beautiful carts. The kids were begging to pick their own purchase of fruit.

Who wouldn't want one of everything?

Look how these bundles of peppers are arranged so beautifully.

We were even drawn to the never before seen.

These garages sure were interesting.

And these two again.

Being waved at by a classroom of preschoolers across the canal.

Newel and I decided it would be a pretty great place to return, just the two of us.

And if we do, I'm gonna have to try one of these fish pedicures. The girls were dying that we just didn't have enough time to squeeze that in.

And I think we left having soaked in a very quick but full day, falling in love with Venice.

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