Comments on: A Few Things http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:43:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-427734 Design Mom Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:20:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-427734 Oh my goodness! I just have to tell you how helpful all the suggestion were on the trip. You guys are better than any guide book, I swear! Thank you a million.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-426599 Jennifer Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:48:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-426599 I dont have any tips, but today I decided to start planning my side trip to Venice that I will take in May/June 2013! I will be in the Netherlands for 2 weeks and will travel to Paris and Venice while there. I live in the USA so I am trying to get ideas on where to stay in Venice that has availability and won’t cost a fortune. Preferably under 75 euros a night.

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By: Catherine http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-426272 Catherine Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:01:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-426272 I’m probably a bit late but my tip is to go to the Jewish quarter and take a tour of the synagogues with a guide – they are not open to the public without a guide but are absolutely amazing and reveal a side to Venice I knew very little about even though we go quite often as we live just down the road!

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By: Kelleyn http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-426169 Kelleyn Wed, 02 Jan 2013 01:26:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-426169 I don’t think you can do Venice wrong! Make sure you take advantage of the water ferries. They give you the best view of the canals. The gondola is expensive and might be out of your budget as a family unless they give you a group rate. When we went there they have always wanted a 100 euros per person, but you can check. The square is lovely at night St. Marcos that is and is worth venturing out to see. Might want to ask if they play the music in the winter because that is the topping of the adventure, so if not you might want to skip because of June. We had fun looking for the spots captured in Raiders movie . Sorry can’t remember if it was 1,2, or 3 at the moment. Have fun and Happy NEw Year!

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By: Bea http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425990 Bea Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:21:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425990 We were in Venice for New Years four or five years ago. We went to the main square to count down to the New Year and it was great fun… until midnight when drunk Russians started spraying everyone with champagne and the whole crowd tried to leave at once. I suddenly understood how people get trampled to death at soccer matches… the crowd pressed so tightly together, literally spinning me around in circles. It was scary as a grown-up; I would definitely recommend avoiding it with kids as I don’t know how I could have kept a little one from being lost or trampled.
That caveat aside, Venice is my favorite city, and San Marco my favorite church. Get a good map, but let yourself wander aimlessly and get lost. Make sure to make it out to Burano (lace) and Murano (glass). We were so lucky to rent an apartment with a nearby grocery… I don’t know where to tell you to eat because we were too busy eating everything that I love to cook that’s too expensive to buy in the US!

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By: jen http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425965 jen Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:36:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425965 oooh! have a fabulous time. i spent oodles of time there a decade ago. there are a few unmarked restaurants around town for locals, mostly, with the best food. see if you can ask around. i second the comment about exploring back alleys and little shops. there’s an awesome mask shop that used to exist, perhaps it is still there, it is AMAZING.
happy new year!

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By: Anneliese http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425951 Anneliese Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:18:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425951 Venice is my favorite spot in Itay! I’ve been three times and can’t wait to go back. In addition to the beauty and walkability I love the trinkets! No where else have I found such inexpensive souvenirs in such plenty and quality. I wish I had loaded up on glass bracelets and necklaces last time I was there. That’s my tip–buy more than you think you should! And have some hot chocolate on the Piazza San Marco. I love seeing the Tintorettos too… So much there…

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By: Leafynell http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425942 Leafynell Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:39:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425942 Like another commenter, I’ve been in Venice when it snowed. It was magical! People were making little snowmen in St. Mark’s square. And the gardens in the Guggenheim were spectacular all in white. I also second the comment for the pizzeria in Campo Santa Margherita. My poor husband got food poisoning when we were there, so we didn’t go out much, but the best food summer or winter is always cheese and fresh bread anyway!

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By: Tricia Rose http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425938 Tricia Rose Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:35:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425938 We conceived our last child in Venice – we didn’t pack wellies.

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By: Jillian in Italy http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425870 Jillian in Italy Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425870 A traditional Italian New Year’s custom is to eat lentils and cotechino (type of sausage) at midnight to bring wealth for the coming year (the lentils symbolize coins.

Another custom is to wear red underpants on the 31st to bring luck for the following year.

Enjoy!

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By: carla http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425828 carla Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:38:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425828 Hi Gabrielle,
I studied at the architecture institute in Venice and you’re in for a treat. January is cold, but its also the most atmospheric time of year! My advice would be to get some pastries at “Tonolo” (near campo Santa Margherita). They’re the best in town and I promise you won’t regret it. The little pizzeria in Campo Santa Margherita, “Pizza al Volo”–where you buy pizza by the slice and eat standing up, is quite good too. There are a half dozen cafes in this square and it’s a nice place to sit and have a drink if you’re so inclined. My favorite is Bellini, the peach cocktail invented in Venice, but if you want the local drink of choice then get a “Spritz.”

If you’re looking for a sit-down meal then you could have lunch at Pizzeria ae Oche. It’s neither romantic or touristy but is a fun and grungy place that locals eat at. I love their gorgonzola and walnut pizza. Another small place that is popular with locals is Osteria La Zucca, it’s pretty and they have only about 40 seats and their food is all local and quite good–plus it’s off the beaten track. If you want to see the old-school fisherman’s Venice than head up to Castello which is to the North of Piazza San Marco. This is where Venetian families live and it’s the most traditional neighborhood. I love it and it’s rare to see tourists there. You can find good cicchetti there, which are traditional seafood appetizers which are lovely.

I hope you and the family enjoy yourselves immensely and wish you all a happy new year!

-Carla

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By: barbara wendell http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425752 barbara wendell Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:23:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425752 Buon Viaggio!

I just read that a gondola fits 6 people. An alternative are the traghettos, which cross the Grand Canal at various places. They cost about 1 euro per person, and tradition is that you stand.
Speaking of gondolas, there is a gondola “factory” which we unfortunately did not have time to see.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/italy/venice/33537/squero-di-san-trovaso/attraction-detail.html
The churches are filled with amazing art. The golden gem encrusted screen (extra charge) at St. Marks is amazing, as are the mosaics on the outside.

Sample Venetian snacks, cichetti, another thing we missed doing.

Great ideas below:
http://www.timeout.com/venice/features/382/20-great-things-to-do-in-venice

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By: Shelley http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425738 Shelley Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:57:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425738 We were lucky enough to stay in Venice for a week in the summer last year? Year before…Anyhow, we noticed that during the day the place was crammed with people, but everyone seemed to leave around 5 or 6. After dinner the city was a completely different place, really quiet and beautiful. If you can get to see that, after all the shops are closed, it’s very special. Mind, in the little back alleys there are places where one step too many could end you up in the water, so be careful!

http://shelleyshouse.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/evening-in-venice.html

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By: Macarena http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425697 Macarena Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:05:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425697 Enjoy it!! You and Ben have to tru Fragolino, kind of stawberry sparkling wine from the region, really nice!! And black pasta with blac ink sauce, incredible. We went there 6 years ago for your honeymoon in december, cold cold cold, but sooo nice. The kids will love the vaporetto trip to Mutano to see glass artisans doing some impresive glass sculptures. Hace a nice strong expresso in our honour!! Besos from Guate

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By: Jan http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425674 Jan Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:10:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425674 Wow – have a nice trip! Happy New Year!

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By: thecreamline http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425626 thecreamline Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:58:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425626 Watch “Wings of the Dove” on the plane (not with the kids!) to get inspired. It’s a little sad, but Venice looks beautiful in it!

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425613 Lisa Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:39:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425613 Public transportation boats (like a bus anywhere else!) are economical and efficient. Plus you can ask locals where the best spots are while you are on the boat together. ;)

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425610 Lisa Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:34:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425610 Personally I feel no visit to Venice is complete without a trip to San Marco Square for a tour of the Cathedral. There is a tiny gelato shop right by the entrance that sells homemade pistachio gelato. It doesn’t get better than that. ;)

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425609 Lisa Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:31:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425609 I have another suggestion which is a bit unique too. Knowing I was going to Venice an didn’t want to spend the crazy up charges they mark the blown glass for I bought myself a blown glass bracelet at a store back home sonI wouldn’t be tempted to buy it there. Crazy, I know! But a trip to their amazing glass blowing factories seems to create a need to bring home these pieces of art. The cost of buying the glass there is at least 10 times more than I paid. And my bracelet was made there too! ;)

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/a-few-things-144/comment-page-1/#comment-425605 Lisa Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:16:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29071#comment-425605 Visit the cemetery island. I am very uneasy in cemeteries usually but this one is unbelievable. Seriously. If you can, study the Italian’s way of paying for plots forever. Yes, that’s right. No money, your bones get moved into a tiny box somewhere else. Wealthy families own their own tiny mosoleums (spelling?). This cemetery in particular is HUGE. It is shocking to see how organized and unique it is. For example, one section will all be children. Another will all be those white boxes stacked up and up. Others will all be crosses. It is simply amazing. Take pictures if you can. I was too freaked out that you have to walk through a Church right off the boat to get to the main cemetery. Under the Church several people are buried, of course. As someone go has never been comfortable walking on graves, that made me a bit uncomfortable.

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