Blog day 2
Carnivale in Venice!!!
It is Holy week and just like we have Mardi Gras int eh United States, There is Carnivale in Italy.
We woke VERY early (6:00 am) and proceeded to breakfast. The we hopped on the bus and were brought to a water taxi port where we rode a water taxi across the lagoon to the artsy island of Murano - home to the most exquisite gas furnaces in the world. Master glassblowers have, for centuries, created the most magnificent glass creations. Once we arrived on Murano, we were brought to a showroom for a glass blowing demonstration.. In the short period of time we watched a glass master create a beautiful vase and a wonderful sculpture of a horse. Then were, of course, brought in for a sales pitch and were shown even more amazingly beautiful items.
After shopping in the showroom, we got back on the water taxi and went on to Venice. St Mark's square on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and only be compared to Times Square on New year's eve. Thousands of people were there to celebrate while folks in exotic and highly artistic costumes paraded around and posed for pictires.
We had a guided tour of the most signifcant locales in the area after which we proceeded to lunch on our own and an afternoon of shopping and people watching....At 3:00 everyone checked in with Margi and Sean in St. Mark's square and spent the last 2 hours close to our final meeting point.
After this incredibly long and full day we returned to our Hotel (Portifino) had a wonderful dinner of spaghetti in red sauce, pork, and italian cream cake for dessert. Early rise tomorrow as well followed bu a 4 hour trip to Florence and an overnight on Montecatini.