Aug. 15, 2014
Day Three - Venice
Venice... beautiful, ancient. Venice...crowded, expensive, hot and humid! The Friars arrived in this historic city after a three-hour bus ride from Milan. The rainy skies had cleared and the sun sparkled on the water as their boat crossed the lagoon. Vessels of all sizes cruised beside them, from giant cruise ships pulled by tiny tugs to speedy water taxis. Arriving at the port, a guided walking tour began to weave them through the narrow venetian alleys and explained the ancient origins of the city. A major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Venice was an important center for commerce and art from the 13th through 17th centuries. Ending in the Piazza San Marco, the group dispersed to find food, shop, and sightsee some more in the "Floating City". Some members of the travel party took rides in gondolas but the team opted to stay on land.
After returning to our buses, we began the three-hour journey to Florence. Three hours turned into five when the team bus was sidelined with a flat tire. The bus drivers bravely tried to fix it for over an hour, but it was not to be. Everyone sandwiched into the other bus crowded, but happy to be on our way.