But part of heart is still in Spain
24.08.2009 - 25.08.2009 23 °C
After almost a month of travelling (a first for us for THAT long) and eight countries we are finally back in Canada and happy to be home. The garden looks a bit like an Amazon rain forest and the the grass needs a cut. There is wash to do and souvenirs to unpack but all in due time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our last day in Venice. It was Sunday so we ventured to the island of Murano to wander the streets and buy some of the artisans famous glassware. There are two types of "Murano" glass - that which is made by the Italian craftsmen and the Chinese made "murano" glass which is sold at a greatly reduced price. It is interesting that without bring an expert it quickly becomes easy to tell the difference between the two. The price is a BIG clue. Marty bought a beautiful wine stopper and I bought a glass bead for my silver braclet. it was fun just to wander and criss cross the many bridges. Travelling on the vaporetto (water bus) was also an experience.
On our way back to the hotel we passed the ship yard where the newest Holland America cruise ship is being built - that was pretty cool. It will sail on the inagural voyage from Venice next July.
The flight home was uneventful with us leaving early (what airoine leaves early???) from Venice, a short connection and then the 9 hour haul across the Atlantic all done with German precision!
After being away for a month even the Canada Customs person was a welcome sight.
It was a great trip. In reflecting on our experiences today I have come to appreciate a few things we have here in Canada: an ability to pick up our own garbage and hit the required garbage can, being able to sleep with the bedroom window open, cool, crisp early mornings (yes, I was up at 3 AM today), the relative peace and quiet that you don't realize you have until you spend a month listening to all sorts of continual noises (motorcycles, air conditioning, cars and people).
What we will miss: the excellent and inexpensive Spainish wines, Greek salads with cramy feta chesse and the most delicious tomatoes, sitting in any cafe in Europe knowing you can people watch all day if you choose and no-one will move you along, coffee served in a real cup not a to go cup, putting a bag of dirty laundy out on the cruise ship and hanving it returned to you clean the next day, tapas served automatically with our daily beer and the appreciation of a history older than anything we can imagine.
Travel teaches the traveller appreciation and tolerance and so much more.I hope you have enjoyed reading along with me on this journey. It has been fun to share my journey and thoughts about our trip. Now on to planning the next great adventure!