On the flight...Venice, here we come!
French/Italian/German Phrase Book + German cookies + Coca Cola Light = Plane survival kit...haha
The AMAZING Swiss Alps from an altitude of 33,000 ft...WOW.
Once we made it to the airport in Italy, we found our water-bus fairly easily. We took the Alilaguna shuttle over to the island, just like the hotel staff had recommended. It was a gorgeous but slow ride...haha. The scenery along the way made the long ride well worth it.
On the water-bus...yay!
After arriving on the island, we had quite a ways to walk...with our heavy luggage...haha. I had read about arriving in Venice and having to walk to your hotel...it was pretty interesting! LOL. We had to walk about 10 minutes, but it wasn't so bad. We eventually made it to our hotel - Hotel Ala. I was blown away by the Murano glass chandelier in the lobby...it was AMAZING!!! Our room was also beautiful...very Venice.
The Murano glass chandelier in the hotel lobby...Simply stunning! I wish that you could see all the intricate detail in the photo...
The view from our room...I loved it!!!
When we got settled in the room, we set out to explore the city a bit. It was already dinner time, so we found a nice little restaurant and had a dinner of pizza and wine. It hit the spot. After dinner, we wandered through the streets and alleyways until we found St. Mark's Square....what a sight!!! It is truly beautiful and so romantic at night!
The store windows in Venice are incredible! Just look at these:
We bought a beautiful hand-painted watercolor from this artist...
We strolled around a bit more and eventually headed back to the hotel so we could get an early start on our first day in Venezia! After all, it had been a long day of traveling. :)