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