Murano Glass and a Book Hunt – Europe Day 19

  We woke up very early today. Well, 7:00. But that is very early for us. We wanted to make it to St. Mark's Square before all the crowds and cruise ships came in. So we skipped breakfast and headed straight there, getting some pretty fantastic photos. It's by far the best time of day to … Continue reading Murano Glass and a Book Hunt – Europe Day 19

Venezia – Europe Day 18

I already said it yesterday, but I'll say it again: nothing compares to Venice. Hemingway, Byron, Proust, and countless other authors far more skilled than myself have been writing about this city's beauty for 400 years. There is nothing I could say that hasn't been said and no description I could render that could paint … Continue reading Venezia – Europe Day 18

Mausoleums, Mosaics, and Magic – Europe Day 17

  We left our hotel in Ravenna today to the sounds of trumpets. Not for us of course, but as part of the huge navy parade that was ending the week long Italian sailors convention. This meant, unfortunately, that many of the roads we needed to cross were busy or blocked off for the festivities. And … Continue reading Mausoleums, Mosaics, and Magic – Europe Day 17