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When my son and I traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam this summer, just one out-of-town jaunt was on my list — Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay, dotted with more than 2000 craggy […]
This is a guest post from Susan Guillory of The Unexplorer.
Venice is truly one of the loveliest cities I have visited. Yes, there were hordes of visitors, but if you got away from the Grand Canal and into the neighborhoods, you encountered more locals than tourists. Still, there are a few things that you don’t have to see or do on your trip if you want to have a more authentic experience.
1. A Bellini at Harry’s Bar
We’d heard the buzz that Hemingway once made Harry’s Bar his Venice drink spot of choice, so when my friends and I stumbled across it accidentally, we decided to stop in for their famous Bellini. Bad choice.
The bar itself was plain and unassuming. Not even a plaque to commemorate the famous writer who’d bellied up to the bar. We ordered Bellinis without even looking at a menu, a decision we knew we regretted when the Americans at the next table told us their bill was “shocking.”
We’d paid about $3 or less for other Prosecco-based beverages in Venice, so we were expecting maybe double that. Nope. Each Bellini cost a whopping $18! And there was nothing remarkable about them.
So save yourself a ton of cash and get your Bellini anywhere but Harry’s. […]