Day 14 - Exploring VeniceAugust 24 in Italy
John and I decided to forego the glass blowing factory tour. Instead we decided to do as the slogan says and "get lost in Venice". Which really means to just wander aimlessly which was very relaxing. One nice thing about Venice is there are signs on all the streets pointing to one of the bridges, so it's ready to travel around without getting to lost. First we went to the Rialto bridge and to the fish, meat and produce market. Then we wandered around and had lunch in a little shop. John got mini ham and turkey sandwiches. I got a vegetable and cheese in half a toasted pita. I also tried the Spritz (a mix of white wine, Aperol and a spritz of Seltzer water). It was okay, but more but then I expected.
After eating we returned to the hotel and took the hotel water shuttle over to another island and wandered around there for a while. When we returned we meet or group for a gondola ride. It was so much fun. And we had Musicians in our gondola. One played a guitar and the other sang. I think the serenading was for Bretna and Lonnie since their anniversary was a few days ago.
Then we returned to our room to shower and dress for our farewell reception and the private St. Mark's Basilica tour. While we were getting ready John got a call that Matt was being discharged today. The hospital was arranging for ambulance transportation. However, the snag was getting his prescription filled and put in his pill box. John tried to get someone close to Merica House to get the prescription, but could not get in touch with anyone. So I contacted about friend, Marian, and she agreed to pickup the pills and put them in Matt's pill box. John continued to work on getting the prescription filled and the logistics off the discharge. While John worked on that, I went to the reception to let Florence, our Tour Director, know we would probably not be going to St. Mark's. It started raining a little after the reception began, so we moved indoors. I stayed for the reception and then returned upstairs to our room. Then we went to dinner in the hotel, so we could ensure we had cell service to contact the hospital and anyone else.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant so that we would be assured of Cellular service and WiFi. Finally, the prescription was sent to the CVS near Matt and I could let Marian know. And while we waited we got packed for the 9:45 am luggage pickup to head home. Marian texted me when she got to Merica House and put Matt's pills in the pill box. Now everything was settled and all we needed to concentrate on was going home. It has been a fun trip and we have made a lot of new friends.Read more