My bestie Kristen is married to an awesome man named Brian Scalabrine.  Brian has played in the NBA for the last 11 years, and is currently playing for the Chicago Bulls.  During last years "NBA Lockout" a lot of players went overseas to play basketball.  I was shocked when Kristen told me her family was moving to Venice the same time Paka and I were going on holiday in Europe!  It was a no brainer that we had to make a pitstop in Venice to spend time with our friends and soak in the sights of the beautiful "Floating City".  We had such a fun and relaxing time together.  We even caught a game and got to see Brian in action!  Only a couple months after we visited the lockout was over and the Scalabrine's returned Stateside.  I feel so lucky we were able to spend that time together in the magical city of Venice.