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Drinks at the Danieli

It’s a 700 year old palazzo and a serene break from the bustle of Venice.

Carving out a bit of slow-time for a glass of wine in the lobby bar of the Hotel Danieli has become a happy habit. The service is superb, the relaxed chance to people-watch is always rewarding, and the décor is just as it should be for one of Europe’s greatest hotels.

A short while ago, my wife and I once again sat there, quietly sighing with contentment in the mid-afternoon after an Aqua Alta Adventure morning and some time back at the Naval Museum doing book research.

We spent a wonderful hour sipping, snacking and reminiscing about our first visit fifteen years ago, when we met and then traveled with a delightful and very English couple on holiday. We also amused ourselves empathizing with an Italian businessman who valiantly struggled to make polite conversation in decorous, hushed tones while juggling urgent issues on two cell phones and his iPad.

Not too long ago, that was us, we thought. Without the iPad, of course.

When he had damped the flames of his three, simultaneous techno-fires, we learned a new tidbit about the Danieli: the first opera ever in Venice was performed here.

That got us re-enthused to brave the city again, despite five monster cruise ships being in port at the same time. Maybe there were tickets available that night at La Fenice!


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  1. May 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

    We were in Venice for Carnivale. It was fantastic but you couldn’t move far once everyone was up for the day. Fun times!

    • May 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      I’m impressed! Did you do the whole mask and costume thing? I was never brave enough to be there then.

  1. November 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

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