Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 48: Tourists in Europe

Raining in Prague, painting in a tourist shop, Prague, Czech Republic, December 2010,
Panasonic DMC-ZS7, 35mm focal length equiv. 137mm, Exposure 1/5 sec @ f4.5, ISO 400, no flash
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

Today we are tourists again, heading this time to Venice for the long weekend and meeting up with some friends from the U.S.

It's one of the best reasons to work and live in Europe ... to be tourists, but not only on vacation.  That requires so much planning, and you are so dependent on the weather, peak travel season, etc.  I, for one, like to be some hybrid of tourist and local ... maybe that's a 'tourcal'.

Normally we would drive, even down to Venice, Italy (about 10 hours with stops), since we have Frito with us.  But this time we have a wonderful couple recommended by our vet taking care of Frito.  It is sort of a trial run to see how things go, so we (both) are comfortable for the long home visit trip planned to Hawaii next month.

So instead of driving, we decided to catch a flight (which is only an hour or so).  It will cost more, but we'll also have more time to see Venice, and to just relax.  Sounds good for this 'tourcal'.  

All work and no play is not a good approach to the work/life balance.  I hope to begin to even the score ;-)  I hope you all enjoy your long weekend as well.

  • Donation:  to Animal Rescue League of NH, to help adopt pets
  • Exercise:  Walking around Venice, just following our noses (210 mins) 


Boswell said...

oooooh Venice! Lucky bums! I've always wanted to go to Venice, in fact I had a vivid dream once that I was there and the water from the canal went right up to the door of the building I was in, when I stood on the door jamb and looked down into the water I could see that the building went down into the water for several stories - the water had risen that much over the years! Funny. Glad to hear you're balancing out the work-play life, hope you have a blast! Have a silky glass of Pinot Grigio for me.

Steven Crisp said...

Well, in your dream, canals were clearer than in real life ;-) No seeing to the bottom in the real world.

And, as for the Pinot -- I'm more of a red wine fan myself, and yes, I did try a few of those on this trip.

It was lots of fun. I recommend Venice when it's not too hot, and not too crowded. We had perfect weather (just lucky).

M van veen said...

Who is the painter?

Steven Crisp said...

M van veen,

Such a good question, and I wish I could answer it. Indeed, I wish I had purchased the painting, as I love it especially now looking back on it. It was a street vendor I think, so perhaps no one famous. But it really captures the scene, does it not?

Thanks for the visit and the comment. Sorry I cannot better answer you.