Quite An Adventure So Far

(The illness of a family member, brought on an unplanned trip for Jim and Magrit to visit Magrit’s family for Christmas 2010 in Klagenfurt. They are currently stuck in Venice.)

xmas night venice 199x300 Quite An Adventure So FarDear Friends,

It appears that we’re lucky to even be here (in Venice, that is). They also call Venice “La Serenissima” (the “most serene”) but things didn’t start out all that serene.

First the flight out of Seattle was delayed, then the connecting flight from Paris to Venice was REALLY delayed. There was still hope that we could make a wild dash for the last bus from Venice to Austria (which would have taken 7 hours as opposed to 4 hours for the bus we originally thought we’d catch with ease) — and THEN — we spent the next 2.5 hours standing in line to report our missing luggage.

But this is like the fable where all these bad things happen which turn out to be a blessing. It’s now our third night in Venice. Amazingly, we got our luggage yesterday (even though everything came to a screeching halt in Paris right after) and ever since, we’ve been walking for hours through rainy, windy, cold and impossibly romantic Venice where everybody chirps “buon natale,” nobody sings “Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,” and some of the streets are magically flooded with a sea of lights strung between the palazzi. The Campanile (clock tower) on Piazza San Marco had been transformed into a projection screen with huge white snowflakes gliding off all 4 sides. And, speaking of flooding, we heard the Aqua Alta sirens for the first time which warn people to either get on higher ground within one hour or run for their rubber boots — lots of rain this time a year causes flooding (aqua alta) in large parts of Venice — a fact the Veneziani take in stride.

We love this town and this whole experience was a gift so that we could rest, get over jet-lag, eat well, and gain strength for the things to come. Tomorrow we’ll take the bus into Austria.

Buon natale e tanti auguri!


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2 Responses to Quite An Adventure So Far

  1. Marco says:

    Hi James
    You remember me? I’m Marco from Europcar in Venice.
    Please to meet you another time :) I’m soo happy to have find your page. You are a magnific photographer.
    I hope that my travel information helped you to do many photo although the weather was not very nice.
    See you on web and in May if you went here to rent a van :) (the Toscany in may is lovely and beautifull)
    Sorry for my English…

    See you, Marco

    • jim says:

      Caio Marco,

      I am pleased that you took the time to look me up and contact me. We both enjoyed meeting you and thought that you would be a good source for ideas about the Veneto. Yes, the weather was bad when we were driving along the Brenta Canal but we did stop in Ferrara as you suggested. The weather was better but it was market day and it was difficult to see things. We liked the town and would like to visit it again someday.

      We are in Pienza, a town that we have visited twice before. We are doing research for our upcoming spring photo tour.

      Can I get your email address? I would like to stay in touch. Hopefully we will see you in May.

      Jim & Magrit

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