Bristol airport, 30th November, 6.30am. Back to the road! :) Woke up at 4am to catch a bus from Cardiff this morning. I feel a bit tired but also excited to discover a new city. Venice, here I come!
[...] Flight went quite quickly, I chatted with my neighbors, who were also heading to Venice for the first time. Once I got at the airport, I completely nailed my way out lol, jumping border queue and running to the bus. For people who might be interested, you can either reach Venice for boat or by bus; boat takes about an hour and costs a lot, bus took me 25 minutes.
I found Helmut at Santa Lucia (we met this summer in China, see my Chinese article for more info haha), and the sun was shining so we enjoyed a cappuccino (for me) and a pizza (for him) in terrace! 8-)
We then started to explore the city, and I should admit I've been very surprised... in a great way! Venice has so many things to offer; loads of tiny streets and canals everywhere. I enjoyed getting lost in the city. Just a few pictures for the eyes... 😀
PS: if you are thinking about a gondola ride, you'll need to pay... €80 per 30 minutes!!! :O I would rather advise the Vaporetto, i.e., the water bus, which takes you everywhere! Yep, no "normal" buses in the city, water is everywhere! 😉
PS2: I didn't mention about the delicious pizza and pasta we had, but cela va de soit !
Lido is a long island near Venice; more quiet than this latter. Anna, a very funny Italian lady (with a very strong Italian accent) rents a room there. Two minutes walk from her house is... the beach! 😀
If you know me, dear reader, you might know that I cannot resist to the call of water... But I was wearing tights, so couldn't make it this time! 😦 Maybe it's better for my life actually, cause it was freezing. Anyway, it was an enjoyable morning walk, and I even collected a shell! ^_^
As it was raining on the previous day, and then dark, the view from Lido's harbor was hidden. What a nice surprise to discover the sea, the city of Venice, and the mountains at the back! :O
Even though it was freezing, I decided to sit outside of the Vaporetto (water bus) to enjoy the view! So, about the Vaporetto. You basically have 2 choices; either by singles for €8, either buy 24-hour tickets for €20. Choice was quickly done... Knowing that boat is your only way of transport in Venice... 😉 Yeah, cost of life is quite expensive there; but I guess it makes sense. There are loads of tourists all year long apparently. So many French people!!! :O Mais revenons à nos moutons. A few pictures from the boat! 😀 Route 1 to San Marco.
San Marco is the main "part" of Venice. If you know a bit about Venice, you probably heard about St Mark's square - that's where all the tourists go! 😉 Perfect place if you want a 9-euro coffee... :O But it's a nice area, and there are lots of lovely places around.
Random anecdote: be careful when you walk around, you might end up in a "cul-de-sac" with only water at the end! No sign and no fence to stop you - it happened to me a few times! 😉 But you can find some really nice points of view from there - if you are lucky.
Back on the Vaporetto!!! lol Some kind of hop on hop off tour of the city! 😉 Weather forecast said rain for all day (Friday = day 2), but eventually the sky was rather blue!
I do not remember the names of all the stops, but I know one of them was called Salute. Anyway, I believe that anywhere you stop you can find some interesting views/canals/church/etc!
Boating (can we say that? well, people say bussing, so why not!) was also a good way to see the Rialto.
After a looong walk - and some more food and coffee - I noticed some people on a roof. At the beginning, I thought it was a private roof party, but then noticed it was at the top of a mall (a FANCY mall, something like Galeries Lafayette in Paris). I Googled it afterwards, it's apparently called Fondaco dei Tedeschi. I would therefore recommend you to check the view from this place for free, rather than following the Chinese tourists at St Mark's! :P
A few weeks before making my way to Venice, I started to read a few articles about the place. That's when I discovered about Burano, and I thought: I want to go there!!! 😀 It's about 1h by boat from Lido, or slightly faster from Venice. You can take the Vaporetto (i.e., the same boats than to visit the island).
I took hundreds of pictures from this colorful island, see a few here! :D
PS: if you go to Burano, I found for you the perfect pizze! :P Go to the Devil, a tiny place with delicious pizzas (and quite cheap). Had a huge quattro formaggi there! <3
Murano is apparently very famous for its glass. As it was on the way from Burano to Venice, I stopped there... but only wandered in the streets for a short time, as it was absolutely freezing! I didn't want to die! 😉 Loads of shops with Murano glass, and probably some museums or factories to visit, but I should admit I was not very interested - and the island was a bit bland after Burano. Maybe I should have done it the other way around. Anyway! ^^
I managed to find a place with a delicious hot chocolate though. ^_^
I took the boat back to Venice. It was really really freezing, because it was not only cold but also crazy windy. But I still decided to go for a long walk, from Fondamente Nove to San Marco. It's not so long according to the map, but I didn't take the shorter path! There are indeed always some appealing streets, canals, shops, and pictures to be taken! 😉 I was pretty lucky with the sunset also... <3
Sadly, all good things end. Sunday 3rd December, last breakfast with Anna, who told me: "Pleaaase don't leave, I want a daughter!" haha! She is lovely. She left me a cute review on Airbnb. "Lucie e Helmut sono stati molto educati, simpatici, comunicativi. Hanno lasciato tutto in ordine e consiglio a tutti di ospitarli molto volentieri."
I took the Vaporetto for the last time, and enjoyed the sun and warmth from the back of the boat... <3 Before taking a bus to Marco Polo, a plane to Bristol airport, a bus to to Bristol, a bus to Cardiff, and my bike to "home".
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