Four years ago, I received a call from a friend asking me if I have any time off left for the year. It was in September of of 2010. I remember hearing his voice saying that there’s a unique offer on line for a cruise that will take us to 7 cities in Europe for $500.00 USD. It was an off-chance event and we had to make a decision immediately. It’s a 13-day cruise and it would have been my first cruise ever. The cruise’s first stop? Venice (Venezia), Italy. From that point, it was a no-brainer. We had to book the cruise even without permission from my boss if I could take the days off. After which, we had to book our air fare tickets from Philadelphia to Venice. The trip was all booked within 2 hours.
Venice has always been one of the cities I’ve wanted to visit. Several years before it, I visited a few cities in Italy which included Rome, Milan, and Florence. I loved all of them. Visiting any of these places was only a dream to me at one point, and I remember watching Gabby Concepcion – Roxanne Abad Santos in the film “Miracle of Love” and watched them both riding the famous gondola and saying to myself, “One day, I will take the gondola ride.”
Since our visit to Venice at that time was for one day only, I barely had time to tour the place let alone take a gondola ride. But this time, I will be spending a week in Venice. For some, it is a bit too long since there’s not much to see in Venice except the canals and shops I guess. There may be a few churches I could visit. Other than that, it’s done. I have friends from Germany who will spend some time with me as soon as I arrive until my companions arrive from Chicago via Florence to meet me. We will spend five days in Venice and off to Paris we go.
I will take photos and share it here. Please bear with me. I am seriously trying to take better photos. I hope to have nicer photos to post this time around.