A nice restful day for Mum
Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
26Trip End Oct 12, 2011
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Where I stayed
Freesia Apartments, Venice
What I did
Vaporetta trip to Lido Island, Venice
It was also a little concerning about the number of people on the Vaporetta. We hoped the Vaporetta operators knew how much load they could take on board. It seemed filled to overflowing. We were glad when we arrived in Lido. Mum was very happy - Lido is completely different to Venice - a more modern settlement and greener; tree-lined streets and gardens everywhere
We made a big mistake when we first arrived in Venice. We should have purchased the 3 Day Pass for 21 Euros which gives you unlimited travel on the Vaporetta for the period of the ticket.We purchased 3 x one way tickets for 6.50 Euros each when we first arrived and as you could not purchase this pass on the Vaporetta, it meant we had to travel to the Station, by which time it wasn't worth it to purchase the 3 day pass. Everytime we travelled on the Vaporetta, it cost 6.50 Euros per person one way for a 60 minute trip. After that you had to purchase another ticket. It soon adds up to a considerable sum of money.
If you intend to visit Venice, I strongly recommend either a 3 Day or 4 Day Pass. You will save yourself buckets. And don't be tempted to risk not purchasing a ticket. Even though we did not see any inspectors, there is a fine of between 48 and 52 Euros (per person) for fare avoidance. Not worth the risk. Also, you'll incur the wrath of the inspector and have to deal with 'the wagging figure'. Italians convey their discontent or disapproval with wagging their finger very slowly - you get the message
Mum enjoyed her last day in Venice. We again dined on the terrace. I am enjoying this meal much more than going to a restaurant. It is my charter, when we get to Rome, to look for markets and delicatessens so we can continue this tradition there. Our apartment looks fantastic from the Web Site so we hope it lives up to our expectations. The apartment does come with a toaster and cappuccino machine and we have the terrace all to ourselves. We are all looking forward to sleeping without being woken with the conversation of passing pedestrians throughout the night.
Mum and Sis have 7 days in Rome. I have changed my plans and will leave Rome a day earlier, as I will be leaving by overnight Ferry from Civitavecchia to Barcelona which takes about 18 hours. I'm really looking forward to this stage of my trip - another mode of travel. It will be interesting to see how I travel, as I can't say I'm that fond of sea travel. Chris, I'll let you know how I go - preparation for Catamaran trip?
That's all for now folks. We leave tomorrow for Rome, so till then, ciao.