Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
(None of us were happy about sitting on a plane for three extra hours)
By Sunday August 2, 2009 we finally had arrived in Venice and we boarded the Celebrity Summit.
August 2, 2009 and August 3, 2009
Our gondolier liked to drink while he was taking us around the city. Guess there aren't any drinking and steering rules in Venice. HAHAHA! I crack myself up.
He was pretty funny and told us all about gondolas and those the people who work them. Apparently, only certain families are allowed to build the gondolas and certain others are allowed to row the gondola. He told us that he was a fourth generation gondolier . . . while he drank his beer . . .
The next morning our family went on a tour of Venice. We began in St. Mark's Square where we visited Doges' Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral and a Glass Showroom where they make Venetian glass. We took Jack with us on this excursion - but somewhere on the walk from the pier and Doges' Palace he lost his "inside voice" . . . oh wait, he has never had one of those. Grandpa David took him outside and wandered around until Jack fell asleep. Grandpa's a great. :)
Ummm . . . we don't really know who this statue is of - but it looked pretty cool!
Well, the waitress ended up being right and the storm started to move in to the town. Jason thought we should dart back to the buses and I suggested we stay and stick it out. He argued against that and I am sure glad I listened to him. It started raining as we hiked our way back to the bus and we did the best we could to cover Jack in the front pack from the rain and wind. As soon as we boarded the bus a huge crack of thunder hit and the storm let loose. It rained SO hard and so much that the pedestrian stairwells turned into waterfalls (literally) and hail the size of small rocks started falling. The bus driver said Dubrovnik hadn't had rain for months and months so this was not normal weather at all. My poor family was stuck in Old Town Dubrovnik when the storm hit and they all came back drenched.
Cutest two boys around Dubrovnik, Croatia.
It took a little convincing.
After our visit at the Acropolis/Parthenon we had lunch at Dionysus Restaurant for an authentic four course Greek meal. If you ever go to Athens - Dionysus is the place to eat. It faces the Acropolis and has amazing food. Trust me. AMAZING.