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Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
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Trip End Jul 29, 2009


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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Monday, July 27, 2009



Venice had never really appealed to either of us given its reputation for being purely tourist-driven, overpriced and overcrowded (and especially so with so much else on offer in Italy and Europe), but we were pleased to discover quite the opposite. True, it is expensive, but not more so than other European tourist destinations, and while it was hot, it was not stinking hot (in the literal sense). We would thoroughly recommend Venice for a weekend trip or short-stop.

We spent much of our two days walking aimlessly through the complicated maze of alleyways and piazzas - which were ready to confuse and discombobulate (just for you, Aims) over-awed tourists not paying close attention to their maps. We too fell prey to this on more than one occasion… mostly after imbibing one or two too many vinos.

On the first evening, we enjoyed a stroll to San Marco church and piazza before heading to tourist centrale, the Rialto bridge. Here we enjoyed an evening aperitif in the retreating sun (Muro Venezia, C.Po C. Battisti) and were surprised by the service and quality/price of the drinks on offer.

The next morning, we were fascinated by the morning traffic on the grand canal and spent considerable time people watching on the Rialto bridge. This included couriers and delivery boats docked five deep. We witnessed the cooperative endeavour of the workers as the toiled to offload stacks of flat packed pizza boxes, tonnes of flour, olive oil and wine by the barrel and numerous items of top-end designer clothing.

We spent the afternoon on Venice Beach… not California, but Venice’s beach, on the Island of Lido. This was a welcome escape from the oppressive heat of the city. We even enjoyed a swim in the balmy Adriatic Sea.

On the last morning of our trip, Chlo ventured back into the labyrinth on a shopping expedition (and returned with fridge magnets and the obligatory souvenir pasta). With no interest in shopping during the heat of the day, John headed to one of the nearby islands (Murano) for the morning and found a sleepy island suburb known the world over for its hand-blown glasswork. He spent the morning looking through the churches and glasswork factories, and taking coffee with the locals.

We departed Venice at the end of our Central and Eastern European travels having taken in nine countries in 23 days. We return to London and the UK for the month of August before taking off on our trip through India, Nepal and South East Asia. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing all about out trip. We will be in touch soon…
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