Thankful in Venice

Italian vacay

My niece Eleanor spent her semester abroad from Tulane in Venice, Italy last fall. So we (I) decided to spend Thanksgiving with her. And her family decided to, as well.


We started out in Treviso. Early morning walk happening here.

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Lovely museum in Treviso.

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Escher exhibit fun!

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We stayed in the hotel Maison Matilda, of course!! The breakfast room with Mathilda!

Venice Treviso mj

And lounge.

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Porch seating. Really lovely place!

Venice porch

We walked and shopped around. And found THE pizza place in Treviso. Handmade fresh in front of you.

Venice trevisio izza


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MJ found a little something sweet for dessert.

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On day 2 we drove to Verona.

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We walked and shopped.

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Visited the old Arena.

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And had gelato. Two for me!

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We saw the balcony where Juliet supposedly waited for Romeo. And the love locks in the alleyway.

Venice verona locks

We also saw the graffiti wall where we professed our love to Verona.

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Venice verona bike

We squeezed in a trip to Aosolo before heading to meet family in Venice. Josh has always wanted to visit because his Mom loved this town.

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An Italian poet dubbed Asolo the “city of a hundred horizons” and its setting among foothills and mountains certainly gives that impression. We loved the vista and the view of the Alps.

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We hiked a stunning leafy path up to Mt Ricco.

Ven hike in aosolo

These two.

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Mt. Ricco rests the remains of the fortress and pieces of defensive wall that once protected the town. Mose holds down the fort.

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Lovely town. Tam was right!

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We headed into Venice as the moon came up via water taxi through the Grand Canal.

Venice morning ride into Venice

We rented a lovely house through the company Views on Venice to share with the Houston Mayers on a canal near Campo San Barnaba. Great view from our terrace.

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Venice was very cold. But quiet compared to other times of year. Mose man represents.

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We ate at a neighborhood place recommended by my friend whose husband is from Venice. Called Mascaron. My fav the cucchieti plate. Seafood heaven!! Also, loved Olivanera!!

Venice seafood

We took a tour of the Jewish quarter called the Il Ghetto. This seems to have been the first ever Jewish ghetto and the word may have originated from the Italian gietto meaning “foundry.”

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Lots to see

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Like Piazza di San Marco. Pigeons always in attendance.

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We viewed Doge’s Palace.

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It is filled with reliefs, 12th century gilded mosaics cover most of the interior ceilings, vaults and cupolas.

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On the floor there are more mosaics as well as geometric marble patterns. Above the altar sits Pala d’Oro, a golden panel studded with gems.

Venice marble floors

San Marco Basilica

Venice outside st marco

We loved walking the streets.

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Checking out the graffiti

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And city quirkiness

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We meet up with my sister and her family who came over from their home in Milan. We toasted and gave thanks for family and for Eleanor being in Venice!

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Some pics from Thanksgiving dinner.

ven josha nd isabe


ven mj and mi


ven mose and david

So much to see from every bridge. Such an endearing city.

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ven gondola view


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Crazy good palazzos.

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All the gondolas are amazingly beautiful.

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Josh and I rode in one on the last day. Very romantic city. Our driver Marco here.

Venice gondola driver

His majesty.

Venice gondola josh

Shrines to thee.

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Good night moon. Ciao Venice!

Venice moon





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