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Venice

Day 3 - Thursday 30th June 2016

sunny 30 °C

Part of our accommodation deal here in Marghera Included breakfast. Signori Lorenza put out a spread of cereal, pastries, fresh sliced cold meats, fresh bread and the coffee machine was well used. After a filling breakfast she gave us detailed instructions on getting to Venice, the train station was a mere 200 metres away so very handy and the trip took five minutes.

Once off the train we purchased a 48 hour travel card which gives you unlimited rides on the "vaporetto" - the Venice form of public transport like a small ferry. The ticket also included bus fares to and from Venice which we used from that point onwards as the bus stop was right outside our accommodation.

Venice is a maze of lanes and bridges crossing canals. There is no structure so we decided to head off in one direction. It was fun getting lost and every so often we would consult the offline maps we loaded so we could work out where we were. The lanes of Venice are all shops - pretty much a split of tourist shops and eating places. You needn't walk more than 20-30 steps and you'd find food. The first thing I realised is how cheap the food and drinks are. 1 euro for a coffee macchiato, we bought plenty of water due to the heat and they were 1-1.50 euro a bottle. Even a whole pizza or a plate of pasta for around 7 euro.

We stepped into the church of St Lucia, a beautiful and ornate structure. Unbeknown to us we walked to the end of the church and there in a glass coffin is the mummified body of St Lucia, her face covered with a mask but her feet clearly visible. Back out in the heat many hours were spent wandering and viewing the sights, the gondolas cramming the canals. Public toilets in Venice are rare, and when you find one you have to pay to use them. Travel tip - don't leave it too late to go cos you may be looking for a hour to find one. I quickly learnt the best way to multi task is to find an aircon bar or eatery (to rest and cool off) that has food and drink (for sustenance) that has toilets (for necessity)!

The aim for the day was to make tracks and end up in St Marks Square. By the time we got there it was half an hour before the basilica was to close so we lined up and walked through the grand church. The ceilings were all covered with gold covered mosaics and quite pretty to see. By the time we walked out we had no energy, having walked all day in the heat so we caught the vaporetto back to the bus station and caught a ride home.

We had planned to meet friends of my kids who lived nearby for dinner so we showered and caught the bus back to Venice. A stroll through to the restaurant where we sat al fresco and saw the sun set and ate fine food and enjoyed the company of our Italian guests. By the time we walked to catch the overcrowded bus and get home it was past midnight and I was totally exhausted again.

Posted by Ace from Oz 23:37 Archived in Italy Tagged venice italy

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