18.05.2011 - 20.05.2011
Made our way safely through what seemed like 100's kms of roadworks and finally arrived in Venice, well a 30 bus ride from Venice actually. But it seems to be a good way to do it. The quality of food and service in restaurants here is very good, has been all over Italy so far. And they also don't charge like wounded bulls (except for the main square in Venice where we paid 38 Euros for a beer and gin and tonic). The B&B wasn't too bad. But I think that the white clouds painted on the ceiling explain why the owner is an ex-graphic designer! We went straight into Venice for a look around when we'd unpacked. You can't help but be impressed. Parts of it look a bit tired and there's tons of re-building going on, but it's really quite enchanting. We bought passes for the buses (they don't sell tickets on board the buses, so we stole our first ride until we bought the pass, a few stops down we saw the driver refuse some more tourists a ride for the same reason, so we just stayed quiet. The pass was really good, let you ride all the town buses and the water transport around the island. Good way to get around. Unfortunately there are some very good shops too. We haven't exactly kept to our budget. We just sort of wandered around, (couldn't follow the maps) did some shopping, looked at a load of souvenirs that we didn't buy to take home for everyone and followed no particular plan. Some areas were more crowded than others. We went back the second day quite early and paced the day out, had a really good meal and ended up with a Gondola ride as the sun was setting. The Gondolier told us he was the oldest and most senior gondolier in Venice (have to have the gullible tattoo removed from my forehead) but he seemed to know his stuff and got a bit upset when he realised we weren't exactly listening to his commentary! But is was a great way to end our time in Venice. Next stop Milan.