Italy Trip: Venezia

Off to Venice...the day had a lot in store!
Adam on the train with all of his gear...his Bose noise canceling headphones with IPOD and his Nook reader.
After a few hours on the train we arrived in Venice.
It was quite the adventure finding the hotel Santa Marina from the water metro to the wrong stop followed by a long walk through crazy alleyways until we finally made it thanks to Adam's navigation skills. I was so thankful to have a backpack for this leg of the trip.
We had fun comparing this hotel room to a hobbit's, but it was quaint and quintessential Venice.
My favorite shot from Venice (below).
After we settled into our room, the rest of the gang arrived, so we all headed out to find lunch and see the sites.
We always found the BEST pizza spots when we were starving.
After lunch we made our way to St. Mark's Square.
After some shopping for my Venitian anniversary gift (my blown glass jewelry),
we did some bargaining and jumped onto a couple gondolas for some site-seeing by canal.
The sites by canal
After our ride on the canal, we went on a walk headed toward the Borghese museum, which really took us off the normal tourist beaten path. I loved getting out of the crowd and it made me like Venice even more than my first visit, plus seeing that it's such a romantic city, it was nice to be there with the love of my life this time around.
(Haley and I visited when we graduated high school and it was her favorite city from the trip...hence the BIG surprise).
We saw some beautiful views as well as a gorgeous sunset.
We knew a BIG surprise was in store for Haley from this point on in the day, so I transitioned into Paparazzi mode not knowing when Justin might get down on one knee and pop THE QUESTION!
Once back at the hotel, Justin had some alone time with Haley during which time he professed his love for her, and asked her to be his WIFE!!!
SHE SAID YES and her dream of being proposed to in Venice CAME TRUE!!!
I was there to snap some pictures just after the BIG moment.
You're ENGAGED and the ring is GORGEOUS too!!
Knowing we would have something to celebrate we had made reservations at a restaurant on the Grand Canal earlier in the evening, so we headed out for that celebratory dinner.
A toast to the newly engaged couple...cheers Haley and Justin.
To wrap up the night we walked off dinner with a romantic stroll through St. Mark's Square.
I love the candle lit buildings and how empty the city becomes once the tourists vacate the island for the day.
It was a lovely day and an EVENTFUL night.
Congrats again Haley and Justin. I know you'll make each other happy for a lifetime.

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