The morning our group members left was quite busy! Shannon left with Senorina and Jose at 6:30 (EARLY breakfast duty) for the airport, while Brad and I got the rest of the group breakfast. I was over-the-moon excited, because Federico, his mom, Lea, and his two best friends from Palm Desert were arriving! I hadn't seen Fede since last October! It had been 271 days since I'd seen my son!!! WAY TOO LONG!
Federico texted that their train would arrive in Venice in 30-40 minutes. As we were across town from the train station, I RAN to the vaparetto stop, and got there in record time. Shannon got the next vaparetto to the train station with 4 more of our guests who were heading to Verona for a few days, and Brad got Elizabeth checked-in and settled in her hotel near San Marco.
OMG was I happy to see Federico!
It was wonderful to see Lea, Seth and Dakota as well!
We rode the vaparetto back to Santo Spirito, and dropped off everyone's bags. The apartment was getting cleaned and new towels and linens were waiting for us. Brad was also excited to see everyone. We opened some gifts, and headed to Campo Santa Margherita for a lunch of tramezzini, and then a gelato stop.
We did a "nickle tour" of San Marco and sights, the bell tower, and a beautiful cafe break. We returned home to get ready for dinner at La Cantina.
Shannon and Nan joined us for a huge dinner: a platter of antipasti, a platter of seafood, and one of grilled meat and veggies. The wine was flowing, and I was SO happy to hang out with Federico for a long wonderful evening and a great meal.