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Report 1679: A Quick Trip to Bella Venezia!

By Monica Pileggi from Maryland, Spring 2008

Trip Description: 21-24 April 2008. This was a short two-day trip to Venice, my favorite city in Italy!

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Venice

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 5: Off to Venice

photo by Monica J. Pileggi

The Rialto Bridge

Monday April 21, 2008: I received a phone call from Tony while at work (he's an airline pilot) stating he was going to Venice and that it would be a two night layover. I told him to check to see how many empty seats were on each flight while I ran over to my boss' office to ask him for the week off (I already had Friday scheduled off for Tony's 30th VMI reunion in Lexington, VA). Not a problem, so at lunchtime, I went home to get ready for the trip. I already had a carry-on bag packed and just needed to make sure I didn't miss something (which I found out later I did). Tony arranged for our neighbors to take care of Lucy and was charging my camera battery right after he called me.

A short two hour, 15 minute drive to the Philadelphia airport, I was so excited to be going back to my favorite city! This would be my fifth trip to Venice. Check-in as a stand-by passenger was very easy. I purchased the business class upgrade for $100 for my flight home ... just in case there were no available seats in coach class. When Tony checked online, there were 64 empty seats to Venice with eight people listed and 10 seats on the return with five people listed.

The flight attendants were great! Kathy took charge of taking care of us non-revenue passengers, all of us traveling with a crew member. I actually slept on the flight, although just a couple of hours. I took 1/2 an Ambien, which helped.

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