Venice - day 25

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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Trip End Nov 13, 2011


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Hotel Rialto

Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

VENEZIA! flamboyant, bourgeois city, all glitzy and very picture-postcard pretty - but a bit useless overall...i had the whole evening and morning free and pretty much saw everything there was to see before my afternoon city tour (slightly hindered by long lines at the post office)...but it was good in the end because the guide gave us info about how the city was built, and why some buildings lean, and what happens to the sewerage when high tide comes in and the city floods...venice is made up of 160 islands and 420 bridges, so every time you cross a bridge you are swapping islands...interesting stuff

uuuhhh...she also said, with the aid of a map and everything, that the venetians had conquered greece...someone needs to (a) tell the greeks that, (b) google that shit and tell me if it's true, and (c) if so, go smack all my greek school teachers over the head...important information, people!

so venice, very pretty, very expensive...oh, what's rudder than an italian? a rich italian! i did one of my favourite things (sat back with a coffee and watched people) and i swear the rich were walking around like there was no one in front or behind them, just ever so gently pushing people out of the way...so very weird

fake bags melt, by the way...they had these signs all over the city translated into multiple languages; on the left a beautiful shiny (cartoon) bag, on the right the same bag melted, and underneath it said that 'fake bags are dangerous'...i still don't get it, but i suppose if it melts and ruins my cigarettes, that might be bad

i mentioned the post office...yes,i sent off my first package of extra baggage/souvenirs...i spoke to my mum on the phone just as i arrived and she seemed quite choked up that i was in venice...she's never mentioned anything about it before, but she knows i'm daddy's girl and there may be a story in there about another boy...hhhmmmm...so i bought her a carnavale mask, a proper one...she'll love it so much :)

12 euros for a coffee, i shit you not! 6 for the espresso, and a 6 covercharge because they had an orchestra playing...meh!

i'm heading off to cooler climates now...hopefully the locals will be nicer...some random person recently told me that he thought the locals in greece were really nice, and i laughed at him...sorry random person who i don't remember, loooks like you were right so far (actually, to clear it up, the local hospitality staff were rude...the normal people seemed quite nice)

PICS:
-have you ever stayed in a room that is so incredibly tiny but so beautiful that it's perfect? i loved this hotel....it was in multiple buildings because the corridors twisted and turned, and i think the one outside my room moved, like it was floating or something weird...the room was as wide as a double bed and the door...that's it

-me in a self-shot on the gondola ride...this one clearly falls under the "you're a dick" category, but it's ok to be one if you already know you are one

-day and night shots
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Comments

Maria on

Beautiful pics!!! Never been to Venice! But hey?!!! 12 euros for a coffee??? Wow!!! By the way... Did Italian ppl learnt to speak English? Last time I was in Italy they did the hand talk...talking italian at the same time... Huge help!!! Lolll

Helen on

Keep your blogs coming!!! We love them and feel like we are actually there with you. I am even going to attempt translating them for your mum when they come down on the weekend.
I hope you love Austria. Con & I absolutely loved it!!

melissab2009
melissab2009 on

I bought a mask in Venice too and it has sat there untouched since I got home.. i had visions of finding somewhere I could wear it too LOL but it is very pretty
gorgeous pic of the flashy gondola in the canal

Samita on

Your room is gorgeous indeed! :D Expensive coffee is expensive.

vmad7
vmad7 on

oh yeh venice is heaps expensive

and yes the greeks need to deal with it, it was ottoman empire time...here's a wiki summary for you...

1522–1573: Rhodes, Malta and the Holy League
Ottoman forces invaded and captured the island of Rhodes in 1522, after two previous failed attempts (see Siege of Rhodes).[9] The Knights of Rhodes were banished to Malta, which was in turn besieged in 1565.

1570–1571: Conquest of Cyprus
In the summer of 1570, the Turks struck again, but this time with a full-scale invasion rather than a raid. About 60,000 troops, including cavalry and artillery, under the command of Lala Mustafa Pasha landed unopposed near Limassol on July 2, 1570, and laid siege to Nicosia. In an orgy of victory on the day that the city fell—September 9, 1570—20,000 Nicosians Greeks were put to death, and every church, public building, and palace was looted. Word of the massacre spread, and a few days later Mustafa took Kyrenia without having to fire a shot. Famagusta, however, resisted and put up a heroic defense that lasted from September 1570 until August 1571.

1683–1699: Great Turkish War – Loss of Hungary and the Morea
The Great Turkish War started in 1683, with a grand invasion force of 140,000 men[11] marching on Vienna, supported by Hungarian noblemen rebelling against Habsburg rule. To stop the invasion, another Holy League was formed, composed of Austria and Poland (notably in the Battle of Vienna), Venetians and the Russian Empire. After winning the Battle of Vienna, the Holy League gained the upper hand, and conducted the re-conquest of Hungary (Buda and Pest were retaken in 1686, the former under the command of a Swiss-born convert to Islam). At the same time, the Venetians launched an expedition into Greece, which conquered the Peloponnese. During the 1687 Venetian attack on the city of Athens (occupied by the Ottomans), the Ottomans turned the ancient Parthenon into an ammunitions storehouse. A German mortar hit the Parthenon, detonating the Ottoman gunpowder stored inside and partially destroying it.[12]

nicky7a
nicky7a on

uh-ha...so they don't teach us that greece was conquered by the venetians because it was during the time of the turks? so it wasn't our loss, it was the turk's loss?

sounds like everyone makes up their own history...i am SO SURPRISED!

nicky7a
nicky7a on

oh i don't want to wear it, i want to put it up on the wall...lol

nicky7a
nicky7a on

oh yes please do..and tell her i miss my cats SO SO MUCH

nicky7a
nicky7a on

they didn't seem to have a problem with english, but the greeks speaks it far more fluently and easily

kevloid on

12 euros for a coffee??? you should've asked if that included a lapdance or something.

nicky7a
nicky7a on

i wasn't all that pleased with venice so was quite happy to give them my 12 bucks...it's the last they'll ever see from me!

Charon on

The fake bags thing might refer to the fact that they are very strict about faked brands in Italy. Basically, it's illegal to buy these things and if you are caught you have to pay a high fine. Their argument is, that if you buy a bag that cost like 500 Euros in the shop for 10 Euros on the street you be very aware of what you're buying and can't claim ignorance ... I tend to agree.

12 Euros for a coffee ... wow. It's been a few years since I've been to Venice and even then it was cheaper to order drinks from the room service in the hotel than drink something in a café or pub, but I don't think a coffee was 12 Euros back then.

nicky7a
nicky7a on

but do they melt? it was the melting that perplexed me

Elke on

Beautiful pictures Nicky, especially the one of the hotel (so italian) and the gondolier. See you in a few days!

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