Monday, August 16th, Venice, Italy

After sleeping in and having a leisurely breakfast we all decided to go our separate ways and meet up for dinner.  Russ and I went back to our room.  He slept while I read “The Girl Who Played With Fire”.  This is the second book of three, by Stieg Larsson from Sweden.  These books are so good, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it, which I did. I don’t dare start the third book until we are on our way home or this blog will never be caught up.

At 2 p.m. we went for lunch, Russ bought some shorts and glue for the car.  Something on the dashboard was vibrating and bothering him, so he is going to glue it to stop the noise. We then went to Murano Island again because Russ saw a glass gondola that he wanted to purchase.  But we took the wrong stop with the water taxi and by the time we found the glass factory we had visited yesterday everything was closing down for the day.  We did see a few glass gondolas but they were not the same as the one Russ saw yesterday and these ones were way too much for his liking. Anywhere from 4 to 10 thousand Euros!! So back to Venice empty-handed for us.

On the way back via the water taxi, Russ figured out a short cut by getting off at the hospital and walking back to our hotel, by cutting right through the hospital corridors.  The hospital on Venice is huge, it goes on forever.  It definitely was a shorter way to our hotel. We probably saved 1/2 an hour. Not sure if the hospital would like everyone else taking this short cut.

We met up with John, Lulu, Terry and Gillian at the hotel around 7 p.m. and decided to go to an orchestra and operetta show in a little theatre in San Marco Square. It was fantastic!! They played the best songs from twelve different operas. There was a soprano and tenor who were both amazing. They took turns singing separately and sometimes together. After the show we were walking down a little alleyway and who walked past us but the tenor. Russ stopped him and we all had our photos taken with him. He had changed out of his tuxedo but still looked gorgeous. How Russ noticed him I will never know but it was exciting to talk with him personally and he was pleased that we enjoyed his show.

We then had another great dinner beside another canal near the Rialto Bridge, listening to the gondola singers and Italian music, what could be better?

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