In August, we had a conference in Rome so Cheridy and I went early and had a few days to play around.
Here’s a quick video recap or our time in Venice and Rome:
A car, a bus, a plane, two trains and an upcoming boat ride. Almost there! The morning view of the alps out the plane window was spectacular! After a day and a half of traveling, we finally made it to our room. Not too shabby!!
So, we get to Venice, and our very first stop on our walk and we run into uncle dale and aunt Jo Ann. We had no idea each other was here and we ran into each other in a church. In true Maskill style, we got kicked out for our joy in seeing each other.
Great afternoon out with Cheridy, walking around Venice with a quick dinner and some people watching in San Marco square.
This evening we met up with Dale and Jo Ann again did a sunset gondola ride. It was nice to be out on the water but our gondolier was either on the phone, yelling back and forth at the guy in the gondola in front of us or yelling at us to not shift our weight the wrong way. We had fun together though!!
This morning we woke up at 5:00am and wandered the empty streets of Venice. It was very peaceful.
It was 12 years ago the last time we were here and I can say that navigating the maze of streets is much easier when you have google maps in the palm of your hand.
By 7:30am Cheridy said that she had already hit her Fitbit steps for the day.
After spending two hours walking around very early this morning, we came back to the hotel and took a 3.5 hour nap. Then we headed back out again and spent another 4 hours wandering the streets and checking out the old churches and canals.
Our hotel is very interesting. It’s up on the 3rd floor of a 700 year old building. There are only 6 rooms and hotel overlooks the grand canal right by the Rialto bridge. I was shocked that a room was still available just a few days ago when I booked it. This first photo is the view from the hotel breakfast room which I took once in the morning and once in the evening to compare.
This afternoon we hired a water taxi to drive us around Venice. Personally, I enjoyed this ride much more than the gondola yesterday as we got to see a lot more.
We then had gelatos in San Marco square and then dinner along the grand canal.
We left Venice early this morning and are now blasting through the country at 150mph heading to Rome. Hoping for a bit of exploration time today before the conference starts tomorrow.
After checking in to our hotel this afternoon and saying hello to some friends, we headed out to the city.
Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castle Sant’Angelo from the outside, Piazza San Pietro in front of the Vatican.
Unfortunately the Vatican closed 3 minutes before we got there so we have to go back.
The grand finale was the Colosseum at sunset with stormy skies…wow!!
After that we headed back to the hotel and mingled with lots of our fellow photographers and spouses.
The next two days will be filled with top notch education while Cheridy heads out around town.
With our friends from the conference we had a fantastic dinner overlooking the Vatican.