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Today was our first day in Venice. We had a 7:30am flight which means we were up at 4:30 this morning. Not fun. We stayed the night in Lyon, about 2 hours from our house, to be closer to the airport. The flight from Lyon to the Marco Polo Airport in Italy was only about an hour, which was fantastic! From there we took a waterbus that dropped us off about a 10 minute walk from our Bed and Breakfast.

And speaking of Bed and Breakfast…ours is wonderful! It is called the Ca’ Bonvicini B&B in Venice. The room is absolutely stunning with Venetian style furniture with 24 Karat Gold details, fabric wallpaper, and decorations, but they also surprised us with a bottle of champagne and some sweets. I thought that was a very nice touch. We even have a view of one of the canals from our window. If you ever go to Venice, you should definitely stay here!

We arrived at our Bed and Breakfast around lunchtime so lunch was the first thing we did. The B&B owner, who speaks perfect English, gave us a list of restaurants where the locals actually eat. We sat outside and ate at one that he suggested and got gazpacho and chorizo pizza. When Michael said Gazpacho and that is was cold tomato soup I was skeptical and was thinking about the V8 tomato drink which is gross, but Michael is usually right so I said ok. Of course, he was right, it was great! The pizza was wonderful too. Very different from US and French pizzas, but still very good. I NEVER eat the crust on pizza, but if I had to, this one would be the one I would eat. It seemed a little healthier than other pizza too, but not lacking in flavor. We also had some bird visitors at lunch, which was neat and kind of gross at the same time.

After lunch, we wandered around looking at some of the bridges, churches, shops, and at the canals. Venice is a really neat and beautiful place and it is very easy to get lost. You can’t see anything further than about a block so it is hard to tell which direction you are going, but they have lots of signs leading you to different parts of the city.

We ended our day with some gelato. At this point, Brooklyn was falling asleep in the backpack, but she woke right back up for gelato! And the gelato was AMAZING! I’m pretty sure we will be eating it everyday! One thing that France doesn’t do good is gelato (or ice cream) so it was nice to get some good gelato.