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Italy // Our Vacation Part 2

So, now that it has almost been two years I guess I should finish the blog I started years ago about our trip to Greece and Italy. If you have not read about our time in Greece, click here. Greece was such a dream I hope you take the time to read about our adventure there.

After a dramatic experience at the Santorini Airport that included miss labeled gates, mis information about baggage, a HUGE crowd in a tiny airport and Jon using the bathroom the exact moment our gate was called which lead to me almost having a panic attack, Jon and I made it to Venice. We took a pre-booked boat from the Airport to the main land of Venice. However, our bad luck continued as we proceeded to get very lost in the winding streets for about 45 minutes with all our luggage and no help from google maps. After finally making it to our AirBnB, we dropped out bags and with a better plan of action ventured back out into the streets. We explored St. Marks Square and were forced into feeding some pigeons.

The next day Jon and I took the local water taxi out to Murano and Burano islands. Murano is known for its glass blowing and Jon and I got to watch a glass blowing exhibition. We explored the island and saw some beautiful pieces of art; unfortunately most of the pieces we wanted to get were too big or too fragile to try and transport home. We then hopped back on the water taxi and went to Burano. Burano is known for its lace making and colorful houses. We browsed many of the lace shops and walked the back streets of the island to see all the colorful houses. Once back on the main land of Venice, Jon and I wandered around and came upon a Gondola makers shop. We were able to watch him work for a little while as he made a gondola oar.

We spent the rest of the evening wandering around Venice, eating delicious pasta and ALOT of gelato. We took a water taxi down the Grand Canal and eventually made out way back to the AirBnB for some rest before traveling to Florence the next day.

After Greece and Venice, Florence was really a let down for me. This was also mid point in the trip and I was tired and grumpy. However, Jon and his stellar husband powers talked me off the cliff. This was the city we were in for the shortest time but during that time we were able to fit quite a bit in.

Upon getting to Florence we took a bus into the city and made our way to the Duomo. We hiked up the bell tower and took in the incredible view. We hung out at the top of the tower for a little while to catch our breath after the climb up. But once we ventured back down we wanted to go inside the church but due to me wearing a tank top we were not able to get inside. So we ventured on to the Pontevecchio. We wandered across the bridge and marveled at all the jewelry on display. This was the point in time Jon had to talk me off the cliff... I was hot and tired and Jon in all his grace allowed us to head back to the AirBnB for a nap.

After a much needed nap Jon and I took a bus to the outside of the city to the Roman Baths. We had heard earlier in the day about a concert at the baths so