Day 18: Venice and Gondola Serenade 

We headed back to Venice by motor boat this morning. 

Ursula lead us back past Saint Mark’s square to see a glass blowing demonstration. 

It takes at least 15 to 20 years to perfect glass blowing and we were impressed how quickly the the maestro created a glass horse.

At last at 11am Steve and I enjoyed a 30 minute gondola ride.

A talented troubadour and accordion player serenaded us as we took pictures.

The oars man navigated from behind past the other gondolas. 

The weather was warm an sunny. This was the first gondola ride for both me and Steve, a wonderful way to celebrate the day he proposed two years ago on March 25th. 

We stood in line for free admission to see the inside of San Marco Basilica, which has gilded ceilings but where we were not allowed to take pictures or video. The story goes that Saint Mark’s corpse was transported to Venice in a barrel of pork fat to avoid Muslim inspection at customs.

We finished our souvenir shopping and met our tour group at 5pm to head back to the hotel for a complimentary three course dinner that began with salad. 

Spaghetti pomodoro.

Chicken, peas and mashed potatoes. 

And pane cotta with chocolate sauce for dessert for me as a nut free alternative to the cake others ate.

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