At the HOTEL METROPOLE in Venice meeting up with my boyfriend who is here for work. (http://www.hotelmetropole.com/eng/). The day is a bit overcast to start, and from my first impression of things, the Italians rise a little later than I am used to. Down in the lobby of the hotel, that is heavily decorated in tapestry and mirror, finishing up a coffee that is so dark it it staining the porcelain cup. Putting together an itinerary for the afternoon: essentially doing everything to pretend to be Peggy Guggenheim racing around the canals in eccentric garb while hunting for carbohydrates. Fingers crossed the day goes as planned!!!