expat · expat kids · Italy · Spring Break · Uncategorized · venice

Venice for Easter

Spring break is loooooooong in Switzerland. Two and a half weeks long. This is quite a change from our usual one week in Chicago. It’s fantastic. We decided to book a cruise on an Italian cruise ship so that we could hit a few spots in the Mediterranean. The cruise took off from the Venice port, so we got to enjoy a few days in Venice for Easter weekend prior to departure.

We took the train from Schaffhausen to Venice, via Milan. It was a beautiful trip through the Alps.

IMG_5667IMG_5663

IMG_5669 (Edited)
Via Milano.

We arrived in Venice on Friday evening, and our walk from the train station to our apartment took our breath away. Venice is spectacular. Lately I’ve been trying to book apartments that give off a real feel of the city. I’m not interested in generic anymore. Our apartment was as authentic as I’d hoped for. The landlord spoke only a little English and it was filled with family history. We loved it.

IMG_5676
Arriving in Venice
IMG_5693
Enjoying the view from our apartment
IMG_5719
The living room in our apartment.

The next day, we met up with our friends Danni and Paul and their two little girls. (It’s so much fun to travel with friends.) We had scheduled a scavenger hunt through the Macacotour company. It was a great way to engage the kids in learning about the history of Venice. Our guide, Martina, did a fabulous job and we all had a lot of fun. https://www.macacotour.com/en/family-games/

IMG_5727
Martina giving out clues.

IMG_5928

IMG_5736
Jasmine and Vincent working together.
IMG_5743
Kids and parents hard at work!

IMG_5929

IMG_5755
We loved discovering all of the Islamic influences in Venetian architecture (it’s everywhere)! Venice is a very unique Italian city in this respect.
IMG_5933
Claiming their prize. Thank you, Martina!

Later that day, it was off to St. Marco’s Square for…what else? Aperol spritzes for Danni and me! I’ve had Aperols in Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, elsewhere in Italy, the U.K. and now the drink’s homeland…Venice. This is *the* drink of the moment in Europe, much like the Hugo of 2015. It’s everywhere and in everyone’s hands. Danni’s sister is the famous “Prosecco Queen of Australia” and so it’s in Danni’s blood, I think! Anyway, cheers to another round of these orange beauties!

IMG_5938
Cheers! (I adore her.)
IMG_5856
The kids had fun with the pigeons.
IMG_5939
Cheers (again)!

IMG_5704

The rest of our weekend was spent on a beautiful (though expensive) gondola ride, more eating and drinking, and celebrating Easter Sunday. We left on our ship that night, with beautiful memories of a great weekend in Venice!

IMG_5926IMG_6036

IMG_5706
Hmmm…another Aperol? Also…don’t I look like my sister Sharon here?
IMG_5872
Juliana picked out this beautiful Venetian mask as her souvenir.
IMG_5987
Easter morning in our apartment. Checking out their baskets!
IMG_6012
Easter brunch on St. Marco’s Square. What a dream!
IMG_6924
Grazie, Venezia!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s