Venice-The Land of Overpriced Everything

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
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Trip End Aug 31, 2009


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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Thursday, July 16, 2009

The almost fine on the train to Pisa is the same day as this.

I booked a train from Pisa to Venice.  The train would go back through Florence since Pisa is west of Florence.  I found my seat and started to relax.  The first guy that came around for a ticket check was no problem for me.  Since I had a ticket.  After about an hour, a different guy came around and asked for my ticket.  I gave it to him and then there was a problem.  Since I used my Global Eurail Pass along with my reservation, I used up a day of travel time.  I only paid for 15 days of a flexi-pass valid only for 2 months.  I wrote in the day in pencil and not in pen.  Immediately upon seeing my penciled in date on my flexi-pass, he said I was being fined 50€($75) because it was in pencil.  Naturally I tried to talk my way out of it but the prick wouldn't budge.  I told him to pen on top of it but it didn't do any good.  Apparently you are supposed to read the fine print on the back of the ticket.  Honestly I kind of knew this rule but didn't care because I had penciled in about half my entries before with no trouble.  So I had to pay the fine or else risk other alternatives.  Honestly, I was feeling a little bit rambunctious but decided against it.  The part in the movie "True Lies" with Arnold came to me, the one where he is driving the car with Bill Paxton and just suddenly smashes Bill's face in and knocks him out.  That obviously wouldn't have worked out in my favor so I swallowed my pride and forked over the money.  At that moment I wished I knew some curse words in a language he didn't know but couldn't muster anything.  So I came into Venice with a bad attitude.

Upon arrival I asked the tourist office where the nearest hostel was.  They said there were only 4 in the city and only 1 near by.  So I was pointed in the direction and went to it.  Immediately after stepping outside I noticed how dam hot it was.  The humidity in Venice is incredibly high here.  The temperature is only 32 degrees C but you sweat your ass off just walking around.  Especially with a 30 or 40 lb of backpack on you.  So I walked to find this mysterious hostel and of course I couldn't find it.  So I asked a few small hotels their price and they at first seemed pretty high.  So I walked around for 30 more minutes until I was too sweaty and tired to care.  So I found a decent place that was a bit cheaper and checked-in

The first night wasn't too exciting.  I spend the better part of the night getting lost in the maze of the city.  At least in the part where I was at, the city seemed to be kind of deserted.

My first full day in Venice and I started the day off with a complimentary breakfast.  Standard fare in most of Europe(Hotels) are slices of ham, cheese, cereal, croissants, OJ, and coffee.  Most of the hostels will just nix the ham and cheese part and give you only bread.  So the ham and cheese is nice to have.  At least it's free.  Immediately after I headed to the ferry terminal across town because I wanted to reserve my ticket to Greece.  At first I had planned to leave the same day but then I wouldn't have had the chance to fully see Venice yet.  So I will try to leave the day after.  After my 30 minute walk in the blistering sun at 9:30am, I made it there and was told to come back the day of travel because I was using my Eurail pass with the trip.  I spent the next 4 hours getting extremely lost in the city.  I must say, I've been lost before but never this bad.  I have a map with me but it doesn't matter.  Most of the streets are either not on the map, or poorly marked.  It seems to be a common theme in Europe.  All the Old Towns are obviously built thousands of years ago and remain in pretty much the same position as they were laid out.  Which makes it impossible to navigate easily.  There are no 1st, 2nd 3rd streets anywhere.  Just a bunch of winding streets that get bigger and smaller with no purpose and random buildings in places there shouldn't be a building.  Kind of annoying but it makes it more fun.  I did make it to the famous Piazza di San Marco.  It had a pretty cool Basilica that was decorated in all mosaic style in the domes and ceilings.  Afterward I decided it was time to hit the water.  Since Gondola rides here are extremely expensive(50€), I decided to take a water taxi all through the city for $8.  I thought it was quite a bargain and you could see all the sights cheaply.  All you had to do is elbow your way to the front for the best view.  There sure are some awesome buildings throughout the city. 
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dadster
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Dito
I liked dito. I also liked Big Freakin Church.

Italy good.Trains bad.

Take Care,

Dadster

quinn000
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HUH?
Why does your father talk like that? LOL
Me Tonto....You lone ranger. Ok maybe you never saw that but your father will know what I am talking about.
Love Aunti

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