Pinch me please... I'm in Venice

My flights were smooth going all the way...  I think it might have been one of the smoothest long-haul trips I have ever done in terms of my connections etc!  Flying over and into Amsterdam was amazing and heading towards Venice, I went over the Alps!  A delightful surprise.  Arriving in Venice and finding Renee there waiting for me - was such a joy and hearing her sweet accent felt so comforting!  I just immediately felt the stress leave my body!  I had a travel buddy and 2 is always better than 1... I have to say Renee was just the best travel companion, I could have asked for!  She was kind, generous and so thoughtful and we were evenly matched in temperament and character!  I can't tell you how grateful I was to have not only had this precious time with such a special person but also that I had someone to travel these ancient cities with!

You know you are in Venice when...This is your view.

We booked a two day pass on the Water Taxi - which was the best advice we were given by Carolyn, who ventured to Venice, just before us... Thanks Caro!  We arrived in Venice and braved the hot crowded streets and eventually found our Monastery... 

I'm already inlove!!!! 

It felt like victory arriving...  Even when greeted by this rather stressful looking lady door knocker!!!

We showered and wasted no time hitting the streets, we both hadn't eaten since breakfast, so we took in an early supper - which was a 5Euro Pizza each!  Fatigue and jet-lag was settling in and we were both starting to feeling a bit floaty!  We were literally floating through the streets of Venice.

We quickly picked up some supplies from the grocer and headed back to the Monastery and climbed into bed... it was almost 9pm and it was still light out and the streets still full of people!

It was instant for sure - I fell hopelessly and completely in love with Venice!  I know I will need to take Digby and the girls back one day!  It felt almost surreal to be here!

We stopped to admire this street artist's pieces... not a bad studio space... painting in the streets of Venice!