Our Mediterranean Cruise Recap Part 1
We’re back from our trip and I think I’m finally over the jet lag. This was my first trip overseas and it was wonderful. The weather was great, our rental car was surprisingly large and no one got sick. We had a really nice time. So today starts my look back on our trip.
We started with a short trip on United to Denver. We got there early and looked around. It was Colette’s first flight ever so everything was exciting, she couldn’t wait to get on the plane. I was worried how she’d like flying, just a few days before she told me she thought the airplane might fall out of the sky. She had apparently forgotten her worries and was ready to go. Since we had some time we stopped at the Starbucks after security and tried to relax. We didn’t stay there long, Colette couldn’t wait to get to our gate. We ended up waiting a long time since the plane was really late. We finally made it on and Colette started checking everything out. She loved the magazines, tray table, window shade and re-positioning them all kept her busy most of the flight. Her Nobi kept her occupied the rest of the time. She loved everything about flying. I was so glad because we had a really long flight coming up. I wasn’t sure how I’d do, I’ve only ever been on short trips.
We made it to Denver and stayed out of the way of the worried passengers. There were a lot of people on our flight that had 15 minutes or less to get to their connection. We still had a couple hours so we checked out the airport, got a cookie and waited to board. We took Lufthansa to Frankfurt. Jeran, my husband, and I have decided Lufthansa is great! We would fly them anywhere. Lufthansa is like the Ikea of plane travel, and I love Ikea. Their color scheme is the same, they really cater to children and we felt relaxed and comfortable the whole time. If you fly Lufthansa with children take advantage of the early boarding. We didn’t have to stand in the mass of people pressing towards the front of the line. We entered the plane with other families and started checking out the tv. Colette was so excited she had her own tv. She went through all the options, put on her headphones and had a “Good Luck Charlie” playing before everyone else funneled in. I had some activities planned to keep us busy but Colette enjoyed the shows so much we never got to them.
One of the things I was curious about before our trip was how many meals we would be served. There had to be some kind of time table. Did they go off of the time of the location you just left, or the place you were headed to? I could never find my answer. They gave us drinks and a pretzel snack mix as soon as the seat belt sign went off. Colette wasn’t a fan, I thought it was OK. Jeran got the gluten free snack which were tangy chips, he was happy. Not much after that it was time for dinner. Colette and I both had pasta, there were too many obvious veggies in the sauce for her. I made her stop watching the screen for dinner so she ate what she wanted and then got back to her shows. I decided then that if there were choices for the meals we’d get one of each and then Colette could pick which one she liked, this would be the beginning of many switched plates between the 2 of us. Jeran got his gluten free meal, which I can’t remember, and was very satisfied. He was so worried he wouldn’t be able to eat anything but he was really happy. After the dinner service they came around with coffee and tea. Even though we were all packed in the plane the dinner time was really relaxing.
Soon they shut the lights off on us and expected us to sleep. I tried, I even chose my travel outfit based on looking nice but feeling a lot like pajamas. My cute eye mask didn’t even help. It just seemed to be in the way because I had to keep taking it off to talk to Colette, until she finally feel asleep. Before I knew it, it was time to eat again. We had eggs in tomato sauce with potatoes. I liked it but Colette did not. Jeran again had a separate gluten free option. Before we knew it we landed in Frankfurt. The Frankfurt airport was hot and we really didn’t explore it much. Soon we were on a smaller Lufthansa flight to Venice. The attendants handed out these cute activity books to the kids that taught knots. Then it was time to landed and figure out where to get vaporetto (water bus) tickets.
Once you find your luggage at the Marco Polo airport then you go through a mess of people, water taxi drivers holding signs with names of people that have already set up a driver, taxi drivers who want to drive you to the vaporetto stop, friends and family looking for their loved ones, it’s a little crazy. We found our way to the vaporetto ticket both. We decided this would be the best/cheapest way to get to our hotel. It was not the best way. You have to walk quite a way to the stop, it was a long hot walk and we were getting pretty tired. We made it though and got on what we thought was the boat going to the Rialto. It was really just a floating bus stop. People would get off a boat and walk through there and then when our boat finally came we didn’t know we needed to push our way through, so we missed that one and had to wait 20 minutes. The next time though we were ready and made it on, it took a little shoving but that seems to be the norm with the vaporettos. That’s probably why you hear about people getting their pockets picked so much, it’s too easy at these locations. We made it though and we were almost to our hotel.
It had been a long trip and Colette passed out in the boat. Too soon we had to wake her up and drag our luggage to the Rialto Hotel. Thank goodness it wasn’t far. This hotel was a good hub for us. The water taxis pick up right in front and you can always find your way back to the Rialto Bridge.
Our hotel was a sight for tired eyes. Jeran checked us in and the desk clerk started to hand the bellman a key, then laughed and gave him a different one. That made me a little worried. The bellman got us in the elevator for 1 floor then told us, it’s a lot of stairs. It was 59 stairs up. He took care of our bags and we dragged ourselves up. At that point I wasn’t sure about this but our room (316) was really nice. We had 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and air conditioning. Colette was so excited she had her own suite. It didn’t have a great view, but we didn’t pay for that. We did have a view of the roof, and a funny set of stairs that helped you see out towards St. Mark’s Square. Soon we cleaned up and went back down all those stairs to find something to eat.
We wandered around, checked out the Disney Store and then picked a restaurant close to the hotel. Al Teatro Goldoni was not great in anyway. They did have gluten free spaghetti carbonara though so Jeran was happy. I had ham, peas & cream sauce pasta, Colette had lasagna. We ended up switching and both of us were happier. Then we headed back to our hotel, stopped by the little gelato shop outside for our 1st gelato of the trip, it would be 1 of many, and then back up all the steps to our room. It was a long day(s) of traveling but a good start to a really wonderful trip.