The journey took longer than expected, and it was late by the time we checked in, Kurt went to 'freshen up' in the anticipation of meeting a gorgeous Italian.
We headed out, and had the most amazing dinner, which enabled me to show the cheery one some some key destinations, and how the islands all link and work, the taxi system etc .. I had forgotten how so beautiful and romantic Venice is, I had also forgotten how crowded it gets.
More than that, I had forgotton how so generous in spirit, warm, expressive, and giving of feelings, Italians are. How everyone seems to want to bring joy, and please, how everything seems like a genuine pleasure, how everything seems to come from a place of such goodness and happiness, how everything feels musical. It is such a feel good place, and has warmed my heart.
We met a great group of people at a bar later, 2 italians and a girl from mexico, and headed for the casino.
After a couple of rounds of texas hold em ... I decided to head back to the hotel, and leave the cheery one, to add to, and signoff on his bucket list.
I had the best night sleep, I have had for literally years. My bed could not have been more comfortable (the most comfortable bed, I have possibly ever slept in), I had reconnected with someone now very important to me, sooo happy about being in Italy, the most wonderful meal for a month, and helping to create and share a memory for someones bucket list... sated.
So I headed out to enjoy the day, with happiness in my heart, and it was bloody joyous ... I have been here twice before, but never ever appreciated it, or experienced it like I have in the last 24 hours. Maybe it is el Camino, maybe it is because I am older, maybe it is because I finally am starting to feel, like I can give myself up and over to things, and when you do that something deeper happens.
Venice in song ... aahh Italia aahhh italia # 2 Music Piazza
About to now join Kurt for dinner, he heads back to the States tomorrow, and I head to meet the Sheikh, in Abu Dhabi.
The next 24 hours, I know, will be bloomin' crazy.
Italy, Venice, Jose - thank you .... for so very very very many reasons ...
For making my heart dance ...
Water Taxi to airport (Venice) incls Marco Polos house
Speed boat Venice
Water Taxi to airport (open water Venice)
* Maximilien ... thank you for acceptance, for silliness, for surprises, for trust ... you are the greatest being, with the greatest bones ...