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Venice

        I have never been anywhere as romantic and charming as Venice. I was in awe with its beauty and charm the moment I stepped foot in this Italian City. Out of all the places we have visited, this floating city is definitely the most exquisite! There is really nothing like it!

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Waiting for our water taxi

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Our speed boat ride going to Hotel Danieli!

We coordinated with the hotel a few days before our arrival to arrange a boat to take us to the hotel from the train station. We heard that it was difficult to find a boat quickly due to the number of tourists lining up to get water taxis.

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We’re finally here!

       The location of Hotel Danieli is rich in history. The structure was actually built in the 14th century, and it became a hotel in 1824. Many notable artists and luminaries have stayed here, among them are Charles Dickens, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg. In 2010, huge footage of The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie was filmed here. It is definitely one of the top hotels here in Venice, and the location is very central, just footsteps away from St. Mark’s Square.

        We scrimped on all the hotels we booked in during our Euro summer trip except for Hotel Danieli here in Venice, since it was the last destination of our trip, and also because we were only going to stay here of a night. We booked the most modest room available, with the most economical price, and with absolutely no lagoon view, but LO and BEHOLD, all the stars in the universe aligned at that moment, and we were UPGRADED to the suite!!! I felt like we won the lottery! lol! We love the staff of the hotel – excellent service!

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The gorgeous lobby of Hotel Danieli

How lucky are we to be upgraded to this princess suite?!?

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The foyer upon entering the suite

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huge living room of the suite

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There is also a balcony with the view of San Giorgio Island

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The most elegant hotel bedroom I have ever seen!

After seeing the suite, we playfully told the receptionist that we will not be leaving the suite anymore. lol! If only!! The first thing we did was ,of course, take a romantic gondola ride!

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A must when in Venice

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They say, If you kiss under this bridge, your love for each other will last forever!

We also walked around St. Mark’s square, which is the public square of Venice. IMG_1734

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Part of the facade of St. Mark’s Basilica

We had lunch in Rossopomodoro – causal ambience, delicious food, and good value. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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I love pizza!!! I love drizzling generous amounts of olive oil on mine!!!

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Steak and fries!

For dinner we went to a fancier seafood restaurant, Hostaria da Franz.

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Having white wine with our seafood

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I enjoyed this creamy tiramisu!

Before dinner, we spent our afternoon walking along the quaint streets of Venice. I love the old-fashioned buildings, little bridges, and stairways.

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How beautiful is this? It’s like a painting!

       After dinner, we just decided to settle in our suite and enjoy a bottle of red wine. Staying inside the famous Hotel Danieli is as exciting as walking along the streets of Venice – definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

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Night Cap 

 The next day was bittersweet for us. We were sad to leave Venice and at the same time, excited to go home to our kids. We had breakfast at Danieli and walked to St. Mark’s square before heading back to the airport.

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Breakfast with a view!!

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Goodbye Danieli suite! You were breathtakingly beautiful! I hope this isn’t a once in a lifetime experience! 

One must not leave without having a photo with the pigeons! I am not posting mine – I look scared in all the photos. lol

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The bird man flocked by pigeons, thanks to the corn seeds! 

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Ciao Venice!!! You were lovely!!! 

 

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