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Trip Report Italy cont'd-Venice;Masks and Mayhem

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Today was day three of our trip, we had done so much already! We woke up early and after a hot shower in a very weird tub/shower thingy, we fortified ourselves with cappucinos and croissants, threw on our backpacks and headed for the train. Since the train ride was about two hours, my daughter used that time to complete some school work. She is enrolled in Connections Academy which is an online school, so as long as she has a computer she can work anywhere, even on a train to Venice!

The train ride was pleasant enough, we watched the scenery and chatted about what we planned on doing. Our excitement started building once we saw the land give way to water. We could hardly wait for the train to stop! We jumped off and found our way to the water taxis. Water Taxis! How cool is that! Our driver sensed our excitement or was looking for a good tip, either way he took the "scenic route" to our hotel and it was just lovely. Seeing the look on my daughters face as went under bridges and caught glimpses of statues that she had seen in her favorite movie "The Thief Lord" just made my heart sing. Eventually we arrived at our hotel The Malibran which is situated pretty close to St. Marks Square. Once we dropped off our backpacks we walked to St. Marks and just stood dumbstruck at the awesomeness of everything. The bells brought me back to reality and I realized that I was starving. So we headed back to The Malibran where we gorged ourselves on really good pasta. I found it strange that in Italy they don't serve alot of vegetables. They cook with them but they don't serve them as a side dish like we do hear. After dinner I wanted to go explore some more but my body was demanded sleep so I crashed at 8:30 and slept like a rock until 7 the next morning.

When we woke up we headed downstairs to the breakfast that the hotel provides. It was actually pretty tasty for being included in the price of the room. We had yogurt, cappucinos, rolls, fresh fruit and cereal. There was also alot of salami and cheeses available. After finishing up our breakfast we take off exploring. My daughter stumbles upon a mask shop that makes masks exactly like the ones from "The Thief Lord" so of course we buy it for her. It is actually the style of mask the locals wore during The Plague, but it makes her happy! We just aimlessly wander through the streets, letting our daughter lead the way, and watch as she gleefully takes pictures of everything.

For lunch we decided to stop at the outdoor market and get some fresh fruit, bread and cheese. We take our purchases down to the dock and enjoy our repast while pigeons greedily peck up our crumbs, (Italian pigeons like tomatoes!) My daughter puts some crumbs in her hand and soon she has pigeons crawling all over her, she trys to outrun them but they follow her. It reminded me of The Birds!

We finish up our lunch and my daughter says she is not feeling too well, me being a bit on the dramatic side, immediately think to myself she has contracted bird flu from the pigeons. So we head back to the hotel to let her rest up a bit. My husband goes out in search of something to soothe her tummy and I just put up my feet and read. After a few minutes of quiet both of us, me and my daughter, look at each other because we hear water. Just then my daughter reaches up and wipes her forehead while glancing up at the ceiling at the same time. I follow her eyes as she says "mom the ceilings leaking!" I jump off the bed and call the front desk. The housekeeper comes traipsing up the stairs, nonchalantly, the look on her face is one of not being very concerned. However when she comes into the room and sees that the ceiling is now cracking and water is coming down on both beds she starts yelling in Italian and thats is when all mayhem breaks loose.

Apparently, the man above us had let the shower run onto the floor and now our ceiling was about to cave in from all the water. My husband comes up the stairs from his errand and sees that everyone is in our room and has no idea what is going on. I quickly explain the situation and we move our backpacks downstairs to see what management will do.

I have to say that the Hotel Malibran really took care of us. They did not have anymore rooms available for us so they called a different hotel The Hotel Santa Marina and they were more than happy to accomodate us at no extra charge. Hotel Santa Marina is a lovely hotel and the room they placed us in had a separate room for my daughter so she loved that! Breakfast was also included at this hotel but the Malibran let us eat at their hotel for the remainder of our stay and they also gave us a discount on our dinners. Very, very good service!!

After settling in and resting up a bit from our adventure we went out and explored some more. I bought an Italian leather purse, very buttery soft and smells so good! Then we headed back to our first hotel for another night of yummy pasta and then off to bed.

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