Venezia ! Arriving At The Last Nautical Mile !
Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
17Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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Ruby Princess, Princess Cruise Line
Since leaving Athens a couple days ago, everyone waited in anticipation for their arrival in Venice! As the Ruby Princess sailed closer toward Venice, it's cruising speed got noticeably slower. Perhaps it was the foggy conditions and the numerous oil and gas rigs located in the Gulf of Venice. I'm sure the captain didn't want to be known for turning a beautiful 100,000 ton ship into scrap metal or creating a script for another Steven Segal movie! For one, I'm glad the crew took their time. There was no rush getting to Venice! Yesterday's faster is today's slower, especially as you get older! In fact, coming in 12 stories above sea level seemed impressive.
Due to the foggy conditions, we weren't sure whether we'd see Venice at all, let alone it's buildings, towers, bridges or canals.
The sail to our final destination in the Port of Venice seemed slow but nobody complained. It seemed everyone was absorbing the sights of Venice from the 16th deck of the Ruby. And the height offered a distinct view of Venice.
Within a couple hours of docking, Elsie and I disembarked our floating castle to explore Venezia walking style. As we still had one more night on the Ruby, we were scheduled to stay in Venice for a couple more nights. So, at least this gave us an opportunity to map out our route for tomorrows departure from the Ruby to our Bed & Breakfast accommodation "Casa del Melograno" in Cannaregio, Venizia. We were told it wasn't difficult to find as it was about 50 meters from the Venice casino
We walked down the first street from the cruise terminal and soon discovered that finding Piazza Roma wouldn't be as easy as we thought. Walk down one street. Dead end! Turn around. Down another street. Nope! Turn around. Down a different lane. Ooops! A canal! No bridge. Turn around. We're thinking....this must be the s l o w m o t i o n equivalent of driving around when you're lost.
We were told, finding the Casa del Melograno wouldn't be too difficult. Fortunately, we had three days to find it! Eventually, we found Piazza Roma. Then it was over the Ponte Calatrava bridge, and before we knew it, we found ourselves in front of the Stazione Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia train station). A short 15-20 minute walk along a pedestrian lane, lined with an abundance of shops, and crossing over two more pedestrian bridges, we located the Casa del Melograno, just as we were told, about 50 meters from Casino Di Venezia.
It was a beautiful afternoon in Venice. Lot's of people walking...shopping....sitting...relaxing....
For us, with late afternoon now settling in, it was time to make it back to the Ruby and complete our packing and prepare for our final night of dining and entertainment. But, minus the $20 beer, Venice had a uniqueness. Something we would search to define over the next two days!
Cheers, Rick & Elsie!