On March 31 through April 9, 2000, Jackie was able to participate in an Orchestra Tour with the school orchestra. She was able to visit Milan, Venice, Bardolino, Montecatini Termi, Florence, Cortona, San Gimignano, Sorrento, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
This was on the last day of tour when we traveled on the Amalfi Coast next to the Mediterranean Sea.
This is the Tears Bridge which arches over the Grande Canal in Venice.
This picture is just a view of the canals in Venice and the gondolas.
Here is an entry from her journal for your enjoyment.
Woke up at 6:45 and traveled to Venice. Venice is called the "floating city" because it was made on the top of a marsh and is an island. When we got there, we had a tour guide, but a group of us walked around by ourselves. First we went to San Marco Square and saw a band play. They did all sorts of neat tricks with some flags and when they were done we went around the square looking at shops. There was also a beautiful church with wonderful decorations. After we went around the square we went in the little alleyways where the canals were and looked in more shops. Finally we found a pizzaria in a tiny alleyway and ate there. The pizza here is extremely good and much better than American pizza. After lunch we split up, did some more shopping and finally went on a gondola ride. This was a little boat used to travel the canals. One highlight of this adventure was when our rower dropped his oar into the water dancing or something at the helm, luckily another gondola was close by and the rower returned the oar. After that, we went to the bus, came back to the hotel, and played a very long concert in the hotel theater.