Taking a rest in the afternoon - this is the view from our hotel...directly on the Grand Canal
The City of Venice at sunrise - taken just before landing
Heading into Venice from the airport - the foothills of the Alps are just barely visible in the background
On the way from the airport to the hotel - private taxis from the airport are the only way to go!
Our "taxi" driver decided to take a "short cut" (long cut?) through some of the city's canals on the way to our hotel
Definitely a tight squeeze at times on the canals
Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's in the background. Mom doesn't look like she is very happy in this picture - but I swear she was!!!!!
GREAT "graffiti" on one panel of the temporary walkways in Venice that are staged and ready for when the city floods in the next few months
Stopping through the Piazza San Marco
Final photo from our first day in Venice - from the back patio of our hotel