Since we were very naive about Venice we thought that we wouldn't need a map. We ended up getting lost and took us about 45 mins to get back to the hostel. At least half of the streets are also dead ends. The next morning we got up early and went to St. Mark's Square, and saw the unbelievable amounts of pigeons. In the square we went into St. Mark's however we couldn't take photographs the mosaics used such small pieces that they looked like paintings. In the square we went into Dodge's Palace which was were the Venetian government used to rule from. We also went into the tour, and to our luck we were up in the tower when the bells went off. From St. Mark's square we took a water bus to the island of Murano, where all of the famous Venetian glass is produced. We were also able to see glass blowers in action and there is a video attached to this entry. Later that night we went to the Casino de Venezia, at this casino I felt like James Bond was going to be sitting at a table. For dinner we found a restaurant, which was 20 euros a person for a four course meal, on this trip this was the best food I have had so far in Europe. This was Pat's birthday dinner thanks to his parents. After dinner we went to Harry's Bar to get the famous Bellini, which was invented there. We ordered the drinks, which are also somewhat small, and they were great. Once we got up to pay Pat and I could not believe that each drink was 15 euros each. (I think I am going to have to check the prices before I order at any Bars that my mom recommends) Later that night, we took the free taxi from Piazza Roma, (It was more like a water limo) and entered the Venetian Palace that it is housed in from the water
. Once inside we were required to wear jackets, and the casino actually gives you one to wear. The minimum bets were quite high, but it was great to see. On Friday we got up and started eating, and never stopped until late that night. I must have had at least 10 gelatos that day. After each one I was on a hunt for the next Geloteria. We also went to the resort Island of Lido, this island is pretty much a ghost town when it's not the summer but reminds me of Florida. On Saturday we went to the international boat show that was in Venice. This was unbelievable there were many yachts there for over a million euros. Also at the same pier is where the ferries go out of to Greece. These ferries look more like cruise ships, and they dwarf the city when they leave going right past St. Mark's Square. Sunday, was our last day in Venice and it also rained a little bit, it is funny to see how in Venice everyone has umbrellas and huge rain coats when it is only sprinkling and in Ireland no one would think twice to it sprinkling. Another interesting thing in Venice is the dogs; they are really considered a part of the family and go everywhere from restaurants, bakeries, stores, and supermarkets. In the end Venice is one the most unique places in Europe, and was unbelievable. It's a great place and I would recommend it to everyone.
For Pat's Birthday I surprised him with going to Venice. I didn't tell Pat until we got to the Airport where we were going for his Birthday. Once in the Airport Pat couldn't contain himself and there is a video of his excitement at Shannon Airport. On the plane we saw our favorite flight attendant, Monika. She has been on three of our Ryan Air flights, and is from Poland. Attached are some pictures of the flights and they show how tight Ryan Air planes are. We have become so accustomed to Ryan Air flights we now bring all of our own food on, and even our own Bellini's (one last one before leaving Venice). We arrived at Venice pretty late and luckily we were able to find the Hostel, which was right next to the Gran Canal by the Scalzi Bridge which is near the train station and Piazza Roma. The Hostel was on the third floor of a Venetian house. We had a twin room, which was a lot nicer than staying in huge dorms in normal hostels. Once we dropped our stuff off, we ventured off.