Dean's cousin, a newly minted high school graduate, joined us at Venice-Marco Polo airport for a short tour of duty minding Miles and Leo. Talk about a shakedown cruise!
We decided to leave the car at the airport (insert knocks on wood here) and travel to Venice in style via water taxi.
It's a way to start getting used to a world where everything is a little topsy-turvy, but almost always wonderfully so.
Crossing the lagoon, we saw the fabled city rise up from the waves like a particularly realistic mirage.
Soon enough we were gliding through channels and canals that were real enough.
Our Venice-Fan-In-Chief was enraptured.
As were we all as we approached Piazza San Marco.
It was time to get our bearings....
... and let the adventure begin.