Back in Venice - wow!
Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
26Trip End Oct 12, 2011
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Where I stayed
Freesia Apartment, San Marcuola, Venice
What I did
Left Florence, travelled by train to Venice
We left Florence without any problems. There was a public demonstration (about what we don’t know) which meant traffic was diverted however, this did not affect us in anyway as we had allowed plenty of time before the train’s departure.
The Station at Florence (Santa Maria Novella Stazione) is a bit disappointing in that there are no seats for resting and only MacDonald’s and another small kiosk for refreshments. There is some upgrading underway so perhaps that will be improved in time. We left Florence 12.07 pm and as we expected to arrive in Venice after 2 pm we decided to purchase some food at the Station.
Our only food option was Macca’s for lunch. My experience with shop assistants throughout Florence has been very good, with most people friendly and helpful. However, the experience with MacDonald’s staff was a different story. I found them to be offhand, perhaps even belligerent and in no hurry to serve. I waited 10 minutes for the completion of my order after paying for it. The upside of this, I suppose is that the food was fresh, however, the coffee was only warm once the order had been completed. Macca’s needs to work on this aspect of their franchise.
Despite this, I was sad to leave Florence – it has a lot to offer. However, we are all looking forward to our next destination - Venice.
We spent a lot of the train trip going thru tunnels, consequently missing much of the countryside
Mum was of course (pleasantly) surprised when we arrived in Venice as she was expecting to be going to Siena. She is very much looking forward to discovering some of the Venetian attractions, starting tomorrow.
We arrived in Venice around 2.30 and caught the Vaporetta to our destination where we were met by the Booking Agent's very warm and very helpful Representative who escorted us to our apartment. We have a two bedroom, self-catering apartment, though we have discovered that there is no toaster and no oven. We do have two hotplates and a microwave, but this means no toast for Mum for the next four days
There's quite a bit to see around the area we are in - San Marcuola - and over the next few days we will take in St Marks and the Doges Palace. We may even take a trip to one of the Islands - Lido or perhaps Murano. We shall see how Mum travels. She is coping very well and thoroughly enjoying herself.
We only have 3 days for sightseeing in Venice as we will be leaving mid-morning Wednesday for Rome - the end of our trip together.