It’s been a while. I’m still struggling with health issues. However, when my friend asked me to go on holiday for a week with her last July. How could I refuse? Out of all the options available, she decided on Venice. It was a very special birthday for her so we ‘pushed the boat out’ figuratively speaking.
Venice never disappoints and we had a magical week! Taking in the sights and, as it was her first time in the city, the tourist spots. Bang in the middle of the Biennale too, which was great. We were taught how to make a proper Aperol Spritz by our barman at the hotel. Grazie Andrea! We now know that if you want it dirty, you’d better put an olive in it. On her birthday proper, chiccetti were sampled, Afternoon tea at Caffe Florian, a gondola ride, aperitivi at Harry’s Bar and some Baroque opera made it a special day.
We took the opportunity for a day trip to Padua, to experience the Scrovegni chapel which contains a fresco by Giotto. We had to take refuge from a thunder storm and ended up in Caffe Pedrocchi sampling a green aperitivo going by the name of P31 – oh well, when in Padua…..
We returned to a stormy Venice and enjoyed some Vivaldi – appropriately, the four seasons! Thanks also go to the staff at the hotel La Fenice et Des Artistes, for making my friends birthday a time to remember. I’ll see you soon!