Venice, the lovely city (Part 2)

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By Luci Lizares

Saturday, February 15, 2014

IT WAS sunset when we returned to Venice by train from Padua. We saw some stalls flickering brightly along the side streets. Like radars zeroing in on targets, the lure could not escape us. We walked and walked and passed through more of these stalls selling Moreno glass items and more enticing products.

Along the way, I saw the Church dedicated to Sta. Lucia, which, of course, was a “must stop” for me.
Lulu Sarrosa and Maricar de Ocampo arrived almost midnight. The following morning, we were pushing them to make use of their limited time to see this lovely city. At most, even a photo with the pigeons and some sights in San Marco. By 11:30 a.m. we had to meet the rest of the Philippine contingent for our speed boat ride to the cruise ship. The two hours allotted to the late arrivals stretched to almost three but they came back with the best pictures ever. The pigeons were literally hovering and playing with them as they rested on their shoulders and arms. Lulu says they may have been attracted to the bright colors of her cell phone.
By noon, reunited with Dido and Mariles Gustilo, finally the contingent from the Philippines is complete. Yehey!!!

In our speedboats, we were off to the cruise ship and once again felt like Bond ladies.


The Royal Princess Cruise was very organized. We left our luggage with a team and then went onto another building to check in. With all requirements fulfilled, we now boarded Royal Princess Cruise and headed to our staterooms. We were in level M with rooms next to each other and with balconies! This is the life!!! All 12 days of just one unpacking and packing.

We were afforded some time to see Venice for the last time. We hopped on a shuttle bus provided by the Royal Princess. And onto a waterbus that took us to the San Marco area but off tangent from the Piazza. It started to shower and we were not armed with umbrellas but who cares anyway?
Dido and Mariles chose to have an Italian dinner while the four of us preferred to browse around the shops and explore the sights. We were lucky to spot some performers in Venetian costumes. Without batting an eyelash, we posed with them. Then there was the Bridge of Sighs.

Venice has so many churches that to help sustain them, concerts are held here.

All soaked in the rain, but still posing!!!

Back to the Royal Princess, the gang of 10 (four from the States and six from the Philippines) are now here. Composed foremost of our loving aunt, Tita Cami Du and her daughter Lizette, now Pribus, Mila and Germaine Bierotte, the Gustilo sisters, Dido, Maricar and Mariles, Lulu Sarrosa, Mae Villanueva and moi.

Together, we will journey for 12 days on this brand new Royal Princess Cruise ship to the Mediterranean.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 15, 2014.


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