Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
111Trip End Jun 05, 2012
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As the train rolled towards this city on the water, you can't help but love it right away. Canals take over from the roads and the water is actually not that bad. The pedestrian areas are pretty neat to walk around and wander in. All in all, this is a European city that stands out and provides more to someone who may have seen one too many European city in the last month and a half
It wasn't too hard to buy a vaporetti ticket (water bus), for those 29 and under, get the Rolling Venice card and you'll get a big discount on the 72 hour transport pass (18 euro vs 33). Unfortunately I got off at the wrong stop though and had to double back. Venetian streets are fairly narrow, unless it's a main street. On top of that, the bus stopped at the opposite side of the canal, so I had to carry a fairly big suitcase across the Rialto bridge. Getting my exercise in, I'll say. After asking for directions and circling a bit, I finally made it to my hostel. Interestingly the place seems to be run by a Chinese family, and they live there was well. It's a bit on a quiet street, but considering there's not much of a night life in Venice, it's in a good location from which to explore the city from.
Wandering the streets, filled with stores selling masks, you really felt like you're in medieval Venice. When night fell and we walked down alleys, the illusion felt even more complete. One kid walking by was decked out in a wig and tailored clothes styled hundreds of years ago!
I finally met my first Vancouverite of the trip tonight, and we checked out a cheap place for dinner. At Taverna del Campielo Remer, they have happy hour between 530-730 where you can get a drink and buffet for 5 euro. Now before you get too excited, the buffet consists of pasta and a selection of bruschetta, some topped with tomato, other cheese, pesto, tuna. The sun had just set on our way back, so we spent some time people watching on the Rialto bridge. Not bad for a 1st evening in Venice. Tomorrow, explore Venice, the next day checking out the other islands and day 3 in Verona before heading south to Florence.