Europe 2016 - Robb & Elissa Traveling Around Riding Stuff

P. 32- Final Report! Cruise, Greece, Rome & Two Italy Parks!
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Postby robbalvey » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:39 pm

OK I lied...here is a BONUS REPORT!!! and yes, it's sort of theme park related!!! Today we did a "day trip" to Venice. Yes, that's sort of crazy, but Kristen had never seen Venice before and it's such a fascinating town that only be an hour away from it by plane was something we decided to do. So here's our whirlwind trip to one of the coolest cities in Europe!

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In Italy, at the airport here are some options for breakfast. It's all wonderful! America, you're doing it wrong!

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I think @ElissaAlvey just found her personal heaven... And this is at the freakin' AIRPORT! lol

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Getting ready to board our plane!

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Kristen just checking out this cool & unique view in Venice!

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Venice is a city with boats as main source of transportation. No cars. Such a unique and very European place!

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My current view of #Venice! The waterways are very pretty and very unique! Great city!

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Painting Venetian masks in #Venice, of course!

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OMG! Now THAT is a caprese salad! "Some of the best cheese I've ever had!"-Elissa Alvey

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Another positive about #Venice? The food is ridiculously good!

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The owner of the Pizzeria gave us this mandarin liquor and it was heavenly!

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Hey look! We are at Epcot at Walt Disney World! Wait, no... We're in actual Venice! :)

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Venice from the top of the tower in St. Mark's Square! Fantastic!

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WDW Venice on top, the real Venice on the bottom. They honestly did a pretty good job at Epcot!



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Visiting the world famous Signoretti glass factory in #Venice!

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In #Venice, this is the "highway" you take getting to the airport. There are no roads!

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Yet another Italy trip where we did't find "Beverly" anywhere at all. Thinking it's a joke @CocaCola plays on us! :)

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Taking off from #Venice #Italy! What a great final city to visit on our Europe trip!

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Postby vuurvogel » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:26 pm

Your Europe trip looked awesome. It was fun reading all the reports and you made some great photo's of Italy and its food.

How did the new Italian parks feel to you, now that they are a few years older and not brand new anymore?

I enjoyed meeting you guys a lot while you were here. Really hope to see you again in the not so distant future
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Postby rcjp » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:31 pm

Great report! Good to see you had fun in Venice, it's such a wonderful city. The entire trip looked like great fun
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Postby Philrad71 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:49 pm

We really enjoyed Venice when we went a couple of years ago.

While getting to see the Pantheon, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain in Rome was interesting, I found Venice and roaming around Pompeii & Herculaneum (in Naples) way more interesting. Rome just seemed so crowded and dirty to me.

I think that one of the highlights of Rome for me was visiting the Vatican gift shop on the top of St. Peter's Cathedral (next to the dome). They were selling souvenir cigarette lighters, ashtrays, shot glasses and marijuana pipes with photos of the pope on them....on the top of the freaking cathedral!!

Selling SIN on top of the most popular, holiest, catholic cathedral/churches in the world - I was dying to the point where I thought the old nuns were going to throw us out!!! :lmao:
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Postby coasterferg » Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:43 pm

AHHHH Santorini, those pictures brought back amazing memories. I was lucky enough to visit that island about 10 years ago, it's still one of my top 2 places on earth that I've been. Looks like you had a great time.
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Postby robbalvey » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:16 am

coasterferg wrote:AHHHH Santorini, those pictures brought back amazing memories. I was lucky enough to visit that island about 10 years ago, it's still one of my top 2 places on earth that I've been. Looks like you had a great time.

I think it's probably a nice place if you're a "beach person" which we certainly are not. It was nice, very cool to see some of the history and take pictures of the famous sites, glad we visited once, but I'm not sure it's a place I ever need to return to.
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Postby DaveDowning » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:17 am

Philrad71 wrote:I think that one of the highlights of Rome for me was visiting the Vatican gift shop on the top of St. Peter's Cathedral (next to the dome). They were selling souvenir cigarette lighters, ashtrays, shot glasses and marijuana pipes with photos of the pope on them....on the top of the freaking cathedral!!


We visited this year (returned just two weeks ago), and they even have fast passes for the cathedral and the museum. That was my personal favourite.

Food tip for Venice:

Head to the district of Dorsoduro in the south of Venice, head to a bar, and have some Cicchetti (wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicchetti_(food)). It´s totally awesome food, especially after weeks of Pizza and Pasta only. Very authentic and unique!

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Postby robbalvey » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:34 am

DaveDowning wrote:Food tip for Venice:

Head to the district of Dorsoduro in the south of Venice, head to a bar, and have some Cicchetti (wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicchetti_(food)). It´s totally awesome food, especially after weeks of Pizza and Pasta only. Very authentic and unique!

Hard boiled eggs and seafood??? Sorry that sounds absolutely disgusting. Not a fan of either of those things! I'll stick to the amazing pizza, pasta, gelato, breads, etc...
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Postby RyanTPM » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:14 am

That was a fantastic review there, really enjoyed reading. Venice is absolutely beautiful! :lover:

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Re: Europe 2016 - Robb & Elissa Traveling Around Riding Stuf

Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:19 pm

What an incredible holiday you had. Elissa, Robb and Kristen, thanks for sharing 5 very special weeks with us. I am in total awe of Europe's theme parks, and I'm still happily 'spinning' on those coasters thanks to your videos. :lmao: The environment of most European parks sure does stand in sharp contrast to many of our parks here in the U.S. My last trip to Six Flags Great Adventure felt, in part, like fun rides on a parking lot! It's perplexing that there seems to be no major movement in this country to try and replicate the true "theming experience," the whimsy and beauty that is common in Europe. (Altho I do give credit to those family-run parks here that try their best.)

Anyway! I'm so glad that you rounded off your holiday with Italy and Greece. You've made some very special memories for Kristen that I'm sure she'll treasure. I still remember standing in Rome's Coliseum and feeling as though I'd been taken back into time. Our guide's pride in its history really brought to life visions of chariots and lions! The authenticity and maintenance of this genuinely ancient structure, (and even those meticulously restored sections), made it all come alive to me. Our guide gave us 'quiet time' to take it all in -- beyond the typical tourist 'herd mentality' experience.

As for Venice?! GREAT last minute decision to revisit this one-of-a-kind city. (Kristen must have been awed by it!) It's so hard to describe the beauty and antiquity of that city on the water. And, of course, all the little places tucked away that serve the world's BEST pasta, pizza, cheese (and the city's seafood specialty, Fritto misto di mare). Looks like you found some mighty fine eats! :lol:

By the way, if you haven't already, you may like to see a most eerie movie filmed ALL OVER Venice: the oldie 1973 flick, "Don't Look Now," with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. Not recommended for children, but it's a thriller that takes total advantage of all the mysterious beauty of Venice - with a very neat twist!

Thanks again for sharing your amazing 5 weeks in such a terrifically detailed and photographed Trip Report. Now, I almost feel sad - as though MY vacation was over! (Except for not having to do the laundry!) ;)

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P.S. Almost forgot the most astonishing part of your trip: a theme park with a Raclette Hut! That will forever be my way of contrasting European and American Theme Parks. :roll:

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