Venice part 1 Our first full day in Venice - We got out about 9:00 am. It was wet and raining.
Our first stop was for coffee... No not coffee, but cappuccino. We found a few
nice morning stops to eat and get a kick start. We are in a less touristy area so we can afford to eat.
Our second stop was for umbrellas. We bought two and used them all day.
Well all day till nap time... It rained until 3 or 4:00. We walked over the the Rialto
Bridge to take a look. It was under renovation so it was not as impressive as it could
have been. One side look pretty good and the other was a large advertisement.
Someone had the pay for the work... We knew it was going to rain hard fro the
11:00 to 1:00 time so we headed back toward home. We stopped at Puupa’s and
had lunch. I highly recommend this place. Good food, good prices in Venice is hard
to come by - Puppas’s.
After our afternoon siesta we only took one umbrella and were fine. We hit the
water bus and purchased a two day pass. We headed to San Marcos Plaza. It was
impressive - very impressive. The Marble columns, the carvings, the bells, the tower
and on and on. Every corner you turned it was a Wow... We were Wowed on the way
with the Grand Canal and the building and domes, and bridges, all of it. The Plaza
and the Basilica were fantastic. I had heard Venice is okay... WHAT IS WRONG WITH
YOU!? Venice is fantastic!
I thought Matera would be hard to follow up, but Venice did the trick. We rode
the water bus to the end - Lido Island and then headed back and got off at the
first stop at San Marcos Plaza (there are two stops). We walked back towards the
Plaza and Basilica. There are two times to visit Tourist locations - Late afternoon
after most people have gotten tired and headed out or at least the tour groups
are gone and first thing in the morning before 9:30 am before the tour groups
arrive. I took my Lumix camera today as it was raining pretty good. I am really
impressed with the pictures it takes. It was rated the best waterproof point and
shoot out there and it lives up the the hype. The only drawback is it will not
shoot raw. But it is bulletproof (not actually) and takes great photos.
We even managed to get out in the evening today. I took some night shots (again
with the Lumix) and they were good.
I was impressed with Venice. Day 2 was even better.
Venice part 2 I have spent the last 2 days in Venice Italy and have one more to go. Whatever you
have heard about Venice you need to go. Venice is really fantastic. I have seen the
pictures and I have heard the stories, it’s crowed, it smells - It is awesome! Yes at
8:00 am in the morning San Marcos square had some people in it. At 10:30
IT WAS CROWDED. So don’t be stupid and go early. We went twice. Once around
3:00 in the afternoon and there were lots of people, but not bad. Once at 8:30 am
and it was great. At 10:00 - 10:30 the hoards arrived and we left. You could see the
tours with 20 to 50 people arriving of f the boats. Lots of them. It was time to move
across the water to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. It is an awesome Basilica
with amazing domes. The entire Grand Canal is lined with fantastic buildings and
structures. We spent the day walking down the Canal. We were not on the canal
much, there is no walk way along it. We walked back into the streets and followed
the people walking. There are hundreds of small bridges to cross and lots of things
to see. Alleys, churches, buildings, grafitti, people, bridges and boats are all along
the walkways. I shot over 200 pictures with my Nikon today. I have not reviewed
then yet. It was clear today. Yesterday it rained much of the day. We walked all the
way to the main train station and did not even realize it. This was a good day.
Venice is 118 islands connected by bridges and canals. We were “lost” half the
time and just followed the crowd and we got to see lots of things beyond the
tourist places, although the entire city is tourist prepared. DON’T GET A DRINK
IN THE SHOPPING DISTRICT! 10E for a drink - REDICULOUS! It is 4E anywhere else.
No wonder that asshole was smiling. It is $5 to sit at a table - DON’T SIT DOWN.
Stay at the bar and eat and drink there. You pay for water, you pay for everything.
Do you want Cheese on that? - NO! All in all the Italians have been really nice
(See my blog on Italians), but in the Tourist districts you are charged for everything
- EVERYTHING. Just be aware. We had some nice lunches and dinners and were
happy to sit and enjoy them and pay for them. The food is good. I really liked Venice.Happy Travels,
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