Den letzten Tag haben wir noch so richtig genossen. ❤️ Nach einem wunderschönen Sundowner mit Snacks haben wir auf Venedig unsere letzte Pizza verdrückt. 🍕😋 Übrigens haben wir in diesem Urlaub jeden Tag Pizza gegessen. 😉
We had come to Venice via Salzburg, but our friends Gael, Helen, Garry and Vince had travelled here by car, and were staying across the water in Venice Mestra. We knew that we would have one day in common in Venice, so we agreed to meet them at St Marks today at an appointed time.
Rae and I were keen again to explore. This place has so much to offer, so we made our way on foot, along a slightly different route, passing churches, statues, squares, canals, and of course many tourists and many shops! It was quite hot, but it was easy to take refuge in the shops when needed. We arrived in St Marks, but it was a while before the others arrived, but we eventually they arrived and we had a joyous reunion. We spent a lot of time browsing through shops - everyone was looking for souvenirs to take home, and when a group gets bigger, there's a lot of waiting around for the perfect gift. We were also keen not to get ripped off, and some of the shops seemed a lot more expensive than others. There were many selling masks, and many selling glass and we eventually found a couple with reasonable prices.
All this shopping of course made us hungry, and we found a square and a cafe that suited us, although we were out in the sun. Helen and Garry decided to buy a couple of hats.
Rae had also worked up a thirst so asked for a large beer. Large it definitely was - probably a couple of pints worth. We sat around and had a great laugh before we explored more, shopped more and ended up exhausted! What great memories we'll have of this day!Read more
With our friends continuing on their car trip, Rae and I had one full day more to explore Venice. Not much to report other than that we decided to do one full circuit of the Grand Canal and ended up getting out at Academia which we hadn't explored yet. The canal trip took us around past the cruise ship port, and we also encountered a few rude tourists, trying to squeeze past us to give themselves a better view, and consequently blocking ours. Rae decided enough was enough and told them so, and when they eventually got off, several others heartily congratulated him!
I was continually fascinated by the 'back door' of many of the dwellings, or delivery entrance - straight off a canal. On foot, I continued to take photo after photo, we wandered inside museums theaters and churches and marveled at the extent of the sights. We stopped at a hotel and asked could we get a coffee - it was a most elaborate presentation of pots, jugs, cups, saucers, cookies, tea bags, sugar, all presented in silverware and on a sliver tray. Can't remember how much it cost!!
We continued to explore and eventually stopped to eat at Ostaria al Garanghelo to enjoy our last evening dinner in Venice.Read more
Last day. We had ummed and ahed about getting a Gondola ride, but decided that despite the cost, we just had to do it. We had to check out and start making our way to the airport in the late morning, so we made sure we were up fairly early, packed our bags and checked out of our rooms in enough time to go for a gondola ride first. We weren't disappointed. It was THE iconic thing to do in Venice and we would have been so disappointed if we'd missed it! How peaceful and quiet it was rolling past the houses and streets, waving at the tourists and occasionally being serenaded by our Gondolier. He even pointed out to us where Marco Polo lived.
And then it was over... we made our way back for our bags and headed to the bus station which transported us to Venice airport for the long haul home.Read more
Wir nehmen noch einen kurzen Drink in einer Nähe des Hotels gelegenen Bar ein und gönnen uns dann eine kurze Erholungspause im Hotel, bevor uns dann demnächst auf den Weg zum Hard Rock Café machen, wo wir heute zu Abend essen werden.
We eventually left Cafe Noir to visit the Ca'Rezzonico. We are still not entirely sure what this museum was; it had two floors of 18th/19th century salon-style rooms all decorated and furnished, and a top floor of art. Amongst all the early modern religious art (in which it seems everyone spent their time naked and pointing...), there was a stunning sunset over Venice from the top floor of this museum. We walked through the Cannaregio on the way home - a massive detour north of the Grand Canal but apparently a key cicheti route. Whilst we didn't find any cicheti that took Ben's fancy, we did get a beautiful view of Jupiter (apparently) over Venice. For the first time since landing, we also got lost...and by the time we made it back to the hotel, having travelled the same alleys four times, (via the prosecco shop) I had racked up nearly 31,000 steps for the day.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Piazzetta San Marco