Venice Travels~Italy

May 16
After a good night’s rest and simple breakfast we checked out of our accommodation, leaving our luggage for later, and took the vaporetto to the Rialto stop. The weather had improved and we were on a mission to find the jewelry shop where we had purchased some beautiful pieces. We both decided that we needed more, and since we were leaving Venice today, we wasted no time. We found our way to the shop of Giuliano Costantino which was not yet open.


So we wandered around towards St Mark’s and heard a choir singing in the square as Mass was being celebrated outside.


Since the workers were just now arriving at work, we could see the difficulty in transporting boxes up and down the numerous footbridges.

imageMany of the shop owners were sweeping out their shops and cleaning up after last night’s high water which flooded this area. A young woman working in another jewelry shop showed us where the water reached by a ruler marked on the leg of a counter. Dealing with the rising water is a way of life for these hardy Venetians.


Eventually our shop opened and Cinzia, the manager, was a delight, suggesting which colors of the Murano glass jewelry looked best on each of us. Of course we left with several purchases, our mission complete.

On the walk back, we passed SignorGusto, a self-service gelato place which reminded of a similar place in NYC, but of there it was ice cream, not gelato. I liked the sign which read, “weigh and enjoy.” Naturally we did just that! Delizioso!

The boat ride back was yet another photo op as we observed the morning workers delivering linen and emptying trash by boat. These scenes fascinate me no matter how many times I see them.


Having retrieved our luggage we walked to the People Mover which dropped us off at the port of Venice, where we had to walk another mile to Terminal 17, where our ship, the Norwegian Jade, was docked. So from an ex-convent, we are now going to luxury accommodations for the next week as we embark on a week cruise to the Greek Isles.

Stay tuned for more adventures in Greece. Ciao.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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5 Responses to Venice Travels~Italy

  1. Margie, your energy and drive truly are amazingly. Your daily adventures are so exciting! Not many people could surpass your daily adventures in a week 🙂 Thanks for sharing. “Tikiman” Greg


  2. Stephanie Christenson says:

    its crazy to think of how much water was in the store… I wonder how often it happens


  3. dollygoolsby says:

    I am looking forward to reading your experiences on the cruise. Have fun!


  4. Another nice story about Venice but the shopping bit made me tremble!


  5. Diana says:

    Great photos and stories…..Venice is a magical place!

    Liked by 1 person

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