Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Following an amazing day on Lake Como, my boyfriend and I took the Eurostar to Venice last Sunday morning. And since I haven’t done a trip-by-numbers in awhile, here’s Venice by twos:
2: Number of days in Venice, one of the most architecturally magical cities in the world.
2: Number of hotels we stayed at in Venice. Hotel Danieli and Hotel Gritti Palace were both amazing, and both right on the Grand Canal.
2: Number of hotel room upgrades we were lucky enough to get (i.e. number of upgrades my boyfriend was persistent enough to coax the hotels into giving us). Amazing suites both nights.
2: Number of museums we visited. Even though I had seen it twice before, the Doge’s Palace is still one of the most awe-inspiring displays of city wealth I’ve ever seen. On the more contemporary side, the Guggenheim in Venice had a great collection of Modern art and beautiful views over the Grand Canal.
2: Number of amazing dinners we had. The first night was at a great restaurant near the Rialto where we ate outside in a little piazza. The second night was at Ivo, a restaurant recommended by a friend. We had great soft shell crabs, stuffed zucchini blossoms, and risotto while we watched the gondolas go by.
2: Number of boat rides we took. One was a late night gondola ride through the canals, the other an afternoon ride to Cipriani for bellinis on the waterfront.
2: Number of evening cocktails we enjoyed from the roof deck of Hotel Danieli and the waterfront terrace of Hotel Gritti Palace. Gotta love the bellinis.
2: Number of purchases I made in Venice. Given my hatred of shopping, it was a big deal, but I just couldn’t pass up beautiful paper goods in Vencie. I came home with two beautiful journals, and my boyfriend even bought one too.
2: Time I arrived at work on Tuesday afternoon after our 7:10am flight turned into a 2pm flight, which got re-booked to an 11:25am flight.