j

jokaymc's Profile

Title Last Reply

Venice at Christmas

Thank you---all of you----for so much help! You've left no stone unturned. Thank you!

Nov 19, 2011
jokaymc in Italy

Venice at Christmas

Also, any advice about how to made Venice reservations from US when the inquirer (me :o) doesn't speak Italian. I can find a translation app on the computer to formulate my initial query, but I don't know how I would understand the response (in Italian: yes, we have availability at 2:00 or 5:00 or 9:00, which would you like? Do you want to be seated upstairs or downstairs? Etc.) It just seems like there's a whole lot of conversation that goes back-and-forth in this "transaction" that I have always taken for granted in my mother-tongue and didn't worry about when making them in person in an unknown language, because I have body language (pointing and flailing my arms about and looking to the Other for cues of the same). Any tips, folks? Thank you!

Nov 19, 2011
jokaymc in Italy

Venice at Christmas

Barberinibee---Thank you! I needed the reminder about Santo Stefano----and your Caffee Florian suggestion is just the sort of thing I'm looking for. Let the suggestions roll in! THANKS!

Nov 19, 2011
jokaymc in Italy

Venice at Christmas

I am traveling with my husband and daughter (just completing her semester of study-abroad in Milan) to tour northern Italy in December. We are scheduled to be in Venice on December 24, 25, and 26 (leaving the 27th). I hear that many restaurants will be closed for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day---understandably. But what's a weary traveler to do? Please advise reasonably-priced restaurants you know will be open on those days so we can make reservations for at least one sit=down meal each day. We are prepared to provision ourselves at a grocery as soon as we get off the train on Christmas Eve to stash away for additional calories. But we would like to enjoy a taste of restaurant-Venice on those two dubious days if at all possible. And I don't want to make a hundred International calls to restaurants that won't even be open, so your insight is valuable to me (I would go with email if they had that option, but many apparently don't). Thank you!

Nov 18, 2011
jokaymc in Italy