Quick summary of our post camp Europe trip to Italy

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B”H it was a big success, everybody had an amazing time. I think the 15 boys that went created a stronger connection over the week, maybe because of the overnight trains and being stuffed into small compartments where we slept head to toe, literally.
Vienna was nice. Judenpaltz was a let down but the Shoenbrun palace was worthwhile to see. The restaurant, Novellino, Where we ate brunch was great. We than took the overnight train to Rome.
The first day we mostly chilled and at night we explored the famous coliseum while all lit up. Second day we toured the Jewish Ghetto and visited the main attractions of Rome with the local double-decker buses, followed by a short cruise through the canal. We than took our second overnight train to Milan.
Milan was pretty empty and all the Kosher restaurants were closed. Besides for the incredible Deko square and the cathedral it was pretty much a rest day in a nice Hostel.

The weekend was spent in Venice and it was indescribable. Everything worked out great. The apartments we stayed in was 5 star and the hospitality of Chabad was A1. The Shabbos meals were catered by Gam Gam and were had

 

outside by the water. Singing and dancing was as good as in camp itself. We also clicked very well with the young chabad shluchim and even made friends with them over the weekend. Venice is as beautiful as they say, if not more. Its relaxing and busy at the same time. The
guetto is very small but it feels like home. Motzei Shabbos we walked to the famous

 

Saint Marko Square, which is the nicest part of Venice. Its hard to explain the beauty of it, I don’t think pictures do it justice. Those who joined the Sunday morning tour got to see the 3 famous shuls. The architecture was incredible, unfortunately no pictures were allowed.

Sunday afternoon we too a boat-bus to the nearby Island of Murano where the famous glass factories are. We got a tour of the glass blowing and visited the many shops in town. It was like visiting a museum with all different forms of glass art. Some of us continued on to Burano, another small island known for its manufacturing of lace. The lace wasn’t to interesting but the homes were, as each home is painted a different bright color, something out of a Dr. Seuss book. We left Venice Sunday night and took our last overnight train to Vienna to board our plane. We made the flight just in time and I think while we had an amazing time we were all excited to go back home.

Link to photos

Vienna
Our days in Rome
Milan
Late night at the Coliseum
Venice
Murano & Burano

 

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