City of Love

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
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Trip End Oct 29, 2008


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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, September 28, 2008

Of all the places I have been looking forward to seeing, Venice and Paris are my most anticipated locations.  And I almost did not get there because no one spoke English at the train station and I almost hopped on the train to Munich!  Oh well!
Venice is extremely expensive but absolutely beautiful.  The buses are large boats on the water and the pull up to a dock every few blocks.  So amazing.  The colours here are so beautifully intertwined here.  The buildings are mostly coral and some are yellow and white and the water is an emerald green colour.  And you can smell the ocean every breath you take yet, it is not humid.  The streets are very small and not large enough for cars.  There are many gondolas with coulples cuddleing in the back and music everywhere.  Our hostel gives free supper so we had amazing pasta.  After, Jamie (a girl I met from USA) and I went to St. Marks square and they had dueling orchestras playing everything from classical to famous works from musicals.  There were 5 different orchestras at different restraunts and each had a piano, a cello, two violins, an accordian and an oboe player.  We bought amazing house wine from a restraunt and listened to the music.  Every five minutes or so you would see a couple, young or old start dancing together.  It was amazing to see every couple there fall in love all over again with huge smiles and smitten looks.  We met many couples there from all over the world that we visited with. 

The next day, I went to St. Marks square and saw the cathedral and saw all the sights I saw in the daylight.  There was also a market occuring too.  There are so many beautiful masks here and glass artwork.  I had amazing nocci with cheese sauce.  The restraunts are much different and the hostess is almost a soliciter and they approach everyone trying to offer bargains to get you eat at their location.  I heard the best way to experience Venice is to get lost, because it is a small island and eventually one will find their way so I did!  It was nice to see streets less crowded and beautiful views.  The sunset was absolutely beautiful over the buildings and the cannals.  Venice is built on a marsh so they deforested the local region and used logs to build up the island.  Apparently there is not a high amount of bacteria, likely due to the salinity and lack of air spaces so the logs are decaying at a slow rate but eventually they say, Venice will sink once the logs rot.  During the evening, I went back to St. Marks square to see the dualing orchestras and have some spritzer with some people from the hostel.  This is my favorite hostel because it is small and we sit down together for breakfast and dinner and get to meet one another in the Italian way.  And I was somehow placed in a mixed dorm but I was the only girl.  Oh well.  And Italian men....are very agressive and creep me out!

PS Gilato is amazing here.  Gilato is ice cream.  The best in the whole world so far.  Even better than dairy queen or marbel slav

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