Last month I was lucky enough to be rostered a flight to Venice. It’s been years since I’ve been there, and it just so happened it was on Mum’s birthday!
So we decided to try and have a little family get-together in celebration, and other than my brother Harry we all made it! Mum & Dad got the train down from Austria, my brother Matthew flew in from Munich, and my sister Lizzie and her boyfriend Jarett flew in from England, where they are currently living.
The flight was busy but nice and short, and straight after arriving at the hotel I got the shuttle bus to the city to meet the family.
I’d checked the weather forecast the night before whilst packing my bag, however it didn’t turn out to be quite the sunny day that I’d expected…. thunderstorms and pouring rain all day!
Luckily we all had plenty to catch up on and sat drinking thick Italian hot chocolate until the rain subsided a little.
After drying off from the rain a little at the apartment, it was time for dinner. Armed with umbrellas we set off to find a nice restaurant. Last time Mum & Dad were in Venice they found a lovely little spot tucked away serving traditional Italian food, and most importantly without the tourist prices!
We strolled through the city working up an appetite.
Once we arrived at the restaurant we were one of the first ones there as it had just opened for dinner, however within minutes of sitting down it was completely full!
After a thoroughly enjoyable dinner of plates full of pasta, it was already beginning to get dark outside. We wandered out in search of some ice cream, not to be missed when in Italy!
The next morning we got up early for a birthday breakfast for Mum. Lizzie and Jarett set out to find the local market and came back armed with delicious fresh fruit, cheese and prosciutto.
As a treat we decided to go for a gondola ride along the canals. A little bit cheesy, but why not when you’re only in Venice for 24 hours!
We boarded our gondola and set off out towards the Grand Canal.
Our gondolier took us past all of the famous sights and beautiful buildings and churches, passing lots of other gondolas along the way. We even passed one with an opera singer singing away!
After our tour finished (all too soon) we walked back through the city towards St Marks Square.
Just time for a quick snap before we had to rush off to catch the boat! My wake up call was looming and I needed to catch the shuttle bus back to the crew hotel.
Just time to enjoy sailing past the beautiful buildings before the flight home.
I’m so glad everyone (except Harry) made it and we even managed to squeeze a gondola ride in, without getting wet!