I absolutely hate moving days! Of course, who doesn't. Hauling your heavy bags around is just not fun. And the 77 steps of our pre-tour apartment didn't help.
It took two trips to get everyone's luggage transferred to the apartment that we would be staying in for a week on the GrapeHops Venice Tour. Whew! We deserved a little Prosecco!
Once our tour-mates Kevin, Jill and their daughter Megan arrived (and we rested up a little bit), Shannon and Kim had a special surprise for us.
The Arsenale in Venice is a huge shipbuilding dockyard from the glory days of La Serenissima. It is closed and inaccessible to the public except for a couple of special events during the year. This weekend happened to be one of those special events.
Here are a couple of websites where you can read about the Arsenale:
We got to see some very old ships like this one that was built for a Doge - very posh and ornate.
Another old ship:
The views out on the water were great. Check out the last photo and what do you see in the background? Right - a huge cruise ship going down the adjacent canal.
Back to our rooms for a little wine on the terrace.
Then off to dinner at Da Alberto, the same restaurant that Shannon, Kim and I had visited on my first night in Venice. Palma and I shared a yummy risotto with asparagus and shrimp plus a filet with rosemary and tomatoes.