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Day 8 – Happy Halloween!

Woke up to a glorious sunrise and a beautiful blue sky. What I would have given for this on Monday. Oh well, you can’t control the weather, only your attitude.

We had breakfast up at Sabitini’s, which handles breakfast for the suite passengers and the Elite members. It was fun to see the city in the sun - how it glistens. Afterwards, we met up with Bruce and Judy (Wm T. Coyote). They were headed for the Coop to get supplies for the party. They had gone the day before, but it was closed due to the high tides on Monday. They were very nervous that it was still going to be closed, but it wasn’t. And, boy, it was crowded. It was fun to see familiar items repackaged for the Italian market. We got two bottles of Prosecco for the party, along with two bottles of wine, some cookies, some very yummy savory crackers, and some gifts. We have found that supermarkets make for great places to get souvenirs at a much lower cost than in the traditional shops.

The walk in was nearly a mile, as was the walk back, but, of course, the way back was carrying groceries. You forget about such things. At least it was mostly downhill. TBG was so knackered that he collapsed on the bed and slept for nearly two hours.

The afternoon was quietly spent reading and quilting, until 3:30 when we went up to Bruce’s and Judy’s cabin to help prep for the party. They had pretty much gotten everything ready, but it was nice to sit around and chat.

The big surprise when they called muster (i.e. the safety lecture) is that we no longer have to take our lifejackets. That was much easier. The whole meeting was about ten minutes long and we were given the usual precautions, watched the crew members put on their jackets and then headed back to Judy’s and Bruce’s cabin.

They were so worried that no one would show up – well, that wasn’t the case. The place was packed with about 40 people. Judy was worried that no one was eating, so I showed her the trick. Take a tray around. I left with a full tray and came back five minutes later with nothing. TBG took around cheese and various meats and he, too, came back with an empty tray. We left about six so that we could dress for Halloween and the party was still going on. I have to admit that I do like the flexibility of Club dining. It’s nice to be able to eat when we want.

TBG made quite the stir with his Plague Doctor outfit and he elicited comments all night long. Mine wasn’t quite as flamboyant, but it was easy to navigate with my glasses on. This was important because TBG couldn’t wear his. I had to be the ‘driver’ as it were.

Dinner that night could not have been better. We have noticed that the portions are smaller and we are both happy about that. TBG started with borsch and then followed it with a tableside pasta dish – spicy cherry tomato sauce over mini penne pasta, which we shared. For dinner he had a steak with a green peppercorn sauce and I had a delightful chicken and leek pot pie. It was truly a delight. For dessert, TBG had Cherries Jubilee (twice) while I had a crème brulee.

Afterwards, we wandered the ship, posed for photos and generally just had a great time. It was a fun and very different Halloween. I hope yours was sweet!
Tags: friends, shopping, vacation, venice
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