Camping Florenz, Nr Venice
Trip Start Apr 15, 2008
22Trip End Aug 15, 2008
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We arrived at Camping Florenz, in Lido deli Scacchia, Camacchio on Sunday hoping for the temperatures to be a few degrees cooler, and for it to be a place for Millie to recover as she still wasn't herself. However, lets put it this way - we left a few days early! It just didn't suit our needs at the time. It was actually hotter there than further south, and whereas we had a nightly breeze before, the air was still all the time and it felt quite uncomfortable. Luckily we had packed to big fans, which we used all the time. Unfortunately Millie wasn't getter better either with the hot climate.
The site was fantastic for children because it had lots of entertainment, both during the day and night
We did try to make the most of time, and took the girls to the local McDonalds to try and get Millie to eat something. She was so excited about going and having her happy meal, but all she managed to eat was 1 nugget and a couple of chips, but that was still more than she had ate in days, so it was progress. Her and Jess still had fun playing in the adventure playground outside in the shade.
The Adriatic Sea is so unbelievably warm. So far on all our travels, wherever we have dipped our toes in the sea, it has always felt cold, and you had to acclimatize your body before full submerging. That wasn't needed here though. It was lovely. Jess loves the sea anyway, but before Millie has always been pleased to stay on the sand, here she wanted to keep going in the sea. This was a definite plus point to the campsite, as we only had a 2 minute walk to the sea, so on Monday and Tuesday we kept visiting the beach just simply to get in the sea and cool off slightly, and then have a cold shower!
The mosquitoes were as bad as warned, and poor Pete got bitten just under his left eye on the first night there. The next morning it looked as though someone had given him a punch in the eye it had swollen up so bad! This was another reason we needed to move. Jess too had been bitten on the legs, and we were worried again for Millie.
Wednesday we went to Venice, as that was the only place left that we wanted to go to in Italy, and decided to move on Thursday either to Lake Trento, further north in Italy on route to Austria, or go the full distance to Austria.
Venice was a beautiful city to visit. We traveled across by boat from Fusina, and spent a couple of hours meandering through the streets. We went to St Marks Square and in the basilica. Pete fed the pigeons, and managed to get a few to hop on his arm. Jess managed to persuade us to go on a gondola. Although a bit pricey, we decided for the look of pure joy on the girls faces, and the fact that we may never return, and that it is half of the Venice experience, we had to do it. Venice certainly is a city like no other. Exploring it by the waterways was so different, and special. Unfortunately though, with Millie still not fully well, and the problems with the heat, campsite etc, we didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other places we have visited. Both mine and Pete's minds were a bit preoccupied about the moving on and Millie's health. Hopefully wherever we ended up stopping next Millie would get chance to recover in a cooler climate!