They say that the best way to discover this magical city is to get yourself lost. We did just that and it proved to be interesting. Every turn brings a new surprise in Venice. A local market, a church, a new and interesting neighborhood. If you really have a destination, you can follow the signs that point to the main destinations like San Marco or Rialto Bridge. Using a map seems pointless.
Some highlights from Venice: The sunset ride on the vaporetto. I took some of the best pictures of my life with little effort. It is really hard to take a bad picture in this town. Also,this morning I helped an old man up and over a canal bridge when I was out on a morning walk. He stopped me and said, “Mano, per favore?” He held out his arm and I linked mine with his and we made for the steps. He asked me if I was English and I told him I was American. The first thing he said was, “Obama.” Just the one word.
I also had some good wine, great coffee, and too many of these little fried donut things called fritole.
Now we are off to Florence to hit the museums.
Ciao! (I love saying ciao! It sounds kind of pretentious when you say it in the U.S. but in France they say it a lot.)