Giardino Papadopoli

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  • Day196

    What is it?

    August 7, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Yes. We made it to Venice.
    But we had a little stop at Padua.
    I had to. As the real Lieske had taught me an riddle, if I had lost something. And that had everything to do with a strange guy in Padua.
    So we payed him a visit. And as it looks, also the town of Padua is quite nice.
    We arrived at noon in the suburbs of Venice, were we found another campsite. Booked for three nights, as we thought could use two days for exploring the city.
    But is it a city?
    We were able to take the bus already in the early afternoon to have a sniff.
    It became more than that, but the real deal was today.
    Strolled around again for more than 12 hours..again, and did a small 20km .
    Saw a lot.
    And as we navigated through the city yesterday, today we had the city play us.
    Just walked around in this maze of small streets who ends in the water.
    But don't you dare to take of your shoes and dip your feet into the salty water... the local police will order you not to. Sadly.
    We had a lunch ..a diner.. a sit in and a "take a look at others".
    And we decided that we do not know what this city is.
    Is it a city or a "open air museum"?
    Is it a city or a themepark? A collection of architectural art droped into the sea.
    A reserve?
    We miss .. at least I miss, the humm of a living city. The sound of life,
    Maybe because there are no cars?
    Or maybe because the real Venetian citizens are hard to find?
    Although it is a city you must visit, and we will just not see it all in two days, -we will not even come close,-
    it does not feel as a city.
    And that's a pity.
    So ...What is it ..
    Maybe we will discover it tomorrow.
    Our last day in Venice, and probably one of the last days in Italy.
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  • Day6


    November 18, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Being close to venice, it started to get necessary to visit venice. So we did - tonight.. Maybe a relatively good time of the year - Momentarely are not too many tourists.
    And yes, it is a really pretty town!Read more

  • Day13

    Venice + answer to trivia question

    September 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    This morning we slept in a bit, had breakfast and then took the bus to Venice. We walked around looking at the different shops with masks and little souvenirs and looked at the gondolas. The gondola drivers had the black and white striped shirts and the hats with ribbon around it just like in movies. There were canals everywhere and there were lots of tourists around. Some houses had doors that if you walked through them, you'd fall into the water. We just walked around getting lost taking photos for the whole day. We found a park to have lunch and took a break from walking, and later in the afternoon, we bought some giant meringues to share. We also stopped in a chocolate shop that had a chocolate fountain and lots of delicious chocolate and cookie samples that the employees encouraged us to taste. It was super hot out, 27 degrees so we tried to walk in the shade near the canals. There were also lots of glass shops because there's an island that specializes in glass making.

    Answer to trivia question from last week: The earl grey tea was more expensive, it was 6,4 euros and the baguette was only 3,95 euros

    New trivia question: How many fountains are there in Zurich? a)50 b)210 c)800 d)1200

    Ce matin, on a mangé le déjeuner et après on a pris l'autobus à Venice. On a marché pour toute la journée. On a regardé les magasins avec des masques et des souvenirs, on a aussi vue beaucoup de bateaux et de gondoles. Les personnes qui conduisait les gondoles portait des chandails avec des bandes noirs et blancs et des chapeaux avec le ruban bleu autour comme dans les filmes. On marché à travers Venice pour tout le jour, il y avait beaucoup de touristes et on a pris beaucoup de photos. À midi, on a trouvé un arc et on a mangé le diner, dans l'après-midi, on a acheté des grands meringues qui étaient délicieuses. On a ausi arrêté dans un magasin de chocolat, il y avait un fontaine de chocolat et beaucoup de petits chocolats et biscuits pour gouter. Il y avait aussi beaucoup de verre, il y a un ile qui spésialize dans le verre. C'était aussi très chaud dehors, 27 dégrées.

    Réponse pour question du semaine passée: Le thé earl grey est plus cher, c'était 6,4 euros et la baguette était 3,95 euros.

    Question pour cette semaine: Combien de fontaines est-ce qu'il y a dans Zurich? a)50 b)210 c)800 d)1200
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  • Day146


    August 14, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Its an early start as we check out of Verona and set off for Venice... Everyone (except Travis) has sore bellies (Sukis theory is that everyone has O.D'ed on wine and cheese) and is a little cranky from the travelling. The boys and the girls split up: the boys take the car back to the airport and the girls check in to the accommodation. The accommodation is a gorgeous little apartment right in the heart of Venice so we are back on track! Once everyone is reunited we explore Venice, a spot of shopping, picking up some lovely Murano glass pieces and most importantly hit Happy Hour- 5euro spritzers with a free canape buffet! Everyone is happy :-) We end the evening sitting on the pier drinking red wine and whiskey out of plastic cups and chatting the night away... Its our last night with James and Steph and we have had an awesome time :-)

    The next morning we say goodbye to James and Steph as they set off for their morning flight. We spend our last day in Venice on Burano island- its a 40min ferry ride over to the quaint little island, well known for its picturesque colourful houses and lovely lace related items. The vibe is very relaxing- very difference to Venice and was definitely worth the trip over.

    We head out to Treviso for our last night in Italy, in preparation for our early morning flight tomorrow.. next stop Parree! (Paris)
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  • Day11

    Venice, you are a piece of art!

    August 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Venice was an unavoidable stop on our way to Slovenia and a huge surprise for our eyes! We were expecting streets full of tourists and "picture points" where everyone would fight for taking their best selfie to upload to their Instagram stories. Instead, we got lost through the narrow streets of its old city and we couldn't stop looking up the tall beautiful old houses amazed by their faded colours. This city has such a special personality hidden behind their walls.

    We found much less people than expected (we avoided the 'mass' actually) and also found very affordable prices to enjoy a delicious pasta in the middle of such a beautiful vignette. Arrivederci Venezia!
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  • Day17

    Finding our way through Venice

    July 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Watch out for lost tourists walking while looking at a map and suddently out of no where stopping and making a turn. And make sure not to be one of those annoying tourists! I can proudly tell that we didn't get all lost today, and we did all the sights we had in mind. Including Tiramisu at a cafe and picnic in a park! (Yes, there is a park in Venice).
    Furthermore this was without any doubt the beginning of my cultural education; starting with architechture from different influences and different eras. Who would guess I should be able to recognise a byzantic church?
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  • Day14

    Ah Venice

    September 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It was almost 8 when we arrived at Mestre and were then able to hop onto another train which took us across the bridge and into Santa Lucia (the main Venice Station). Although it was getting dark as we arrived the Grand Canal was thrumming with people and boats and the sky was being periodically lit up by flashes of lightening and accented by regular rumbles of thunder. Our hotel was only 800 metres from the station but this did involve 3 large bridges (steps up…steps down) and then at the hotel (which is just a doorway from the street) there was 3 floors of later like stairs to get up to our room …. Phew.
    We quickly dumped our stuff and then back down to the street where we just had to cross the street to a Pizzeria (Antico Gafaro Ag) where we enjoyed a large mushroom pizza and a carafe of wine. We were seated next to a (?) father and son who had come from Sicily to see the Biannale and we chatted with them in a mix of English, French and Italian getting their recommendations about what to eat and do in Sicily and commenting on things in Venice. Sated and perhaps a tad effected by the wine we wandered back to our hotel via a gelato place…… aaah Venice
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  • Day17

    Art, art and more art

    September 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    We started the day with and ride in the ACTV ferry to the Rialto Market and then breakfast at the Farini Café – double espresso and focaccia with feta. Then it was on a meander via the shops and St Mark’s Square (where I demonstrated my Pigeon Mastery skills .... just for you Sam McKay). Following the pigeon interaction we headed down the Canal Di San Marco to the Gardini where the Biennale is held. It was quite cool and the breeze had a bit of a chill but it was lovely to be out and strolling. Wre arrived at the ticket office just before 10 and joined the short queue – smack on 10am up went the blinds and we soon had our 48hr pass (we had thought about just getting a day pass abut as it turned out we were glad we went with the 48hr).

    The Biennale is an international contemporary art exhibition which occurs every second year in Venice and has been going in odd numbered years since 1893 (this year is the 57th). There are exhibitions by both individual artists and “countries” Countries have their own permanent pavilions and will have a nominated artist or artist exhibiting there – there are also large pavilions with 40+ plus invited artists exhibiting works based on specific themes. The exhibition is primarily held in the gardens (Gardini) at the tip of Venice and the Arsenale – but there are also various works scattered all over the city.

    We started off in the main pavilion – I don’t know if I just don’t “get” contemporary art, but I found most of the stuff in there just really odd (although some was really good). However I enjoyed some of the work in the international pavilions much more, as well as the pavilions themselves – it was interesting seeing how the buildings reflected national character. The Australia exhibit was a tad odd – a photographer (Tracey Moffatt) – whose work I found overly staged. At about 3pm I think we got to the point where we were tired and a tad hungry and so decided to head off in search of Pizza even though we had only seen the works at the Gardini and not yet the Arsenarle

    We left the exhibition and headed off to find Art Della Pizza which I remembered from my last visit to Venice – it took quite a bit of meandering and swearing at the map but finally we found the place and enjoyed a couple of pieces of Pizza (as good as I remembered) before repairing to a local bar for a “spritz” – not nearly as yummy as the one we enjoyed of Murano yesterday. Refreshed we headed off to find a Traghetto – the gondola which takes you across the Grand Canal for 2 Euro (can’t visit Venice and not have ridden in a Gondola) Jumping out at the fish market we wandered around the shops and and generally got lost several times on our way to dinner, we managed to find the shop selling coffee makers and the one where I had seen a pendant I wanted for Mum, as well as the supermarket for a few necessities before rocking up at La Zucca for dinner.

    La Zucca is a vegetable focased (but not vegetarian per see) restaurant – it doea really nice food and we had visited 4 years ago and I was keep to go back. We had a really lovely meal there – I have baked pasted with egg plants and kirstin had a pumpkin and ricotta tart – plau we shared a spinach dish and some grilled artichokes – delicious. We shared our table with a couple of German students who I think we scared with all our talk of fierce Australian wildlife, then, sated once again it was time to head home…. Or at least back to the hotel.
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