Tuesday, 22 January 2013

VENICE, THE FLOATING CITY: DAY 1

So after an awesome weekend getaway I am back in London with a rather bad cold. I've been trying to fight it off since Friday, and now that my holiday is over I am ready to succumb to the evil germs and let nature run its course.

Nonetheless, I've had a lovely time over the weekend and it's now time to re-cap.

We'd only booked this holiday a few days before - I was pretty hesitant but now really grateful that Stace asked me along. A really good way to take my mind of things and pick myself up after all the unnecessary s**t I've had to deal with.

So we booked a package deal on BA and I stayed over at Stacey's the night before, all packed to wake up SUPER early for our morning flight.
With news of ongoing bad weather and flight cancellations, we were worried that our flight may have been affected. Fortunately we flew off as planned, with just a minor 1 hour delay on departure.
Oh, not forgetting to mention we arrived at the wrong terminal and then had to dash over to the North Terminal - airports can be so confusing. The lack of sleep may have played a part in this as well.

After a 2-hour flight we finally arrived in Venice! We got our rolling cards, took a shuttle to the city...

 

 And then jumped onto the vaporetto...the public boats that we used to get around for the rest of our time there.

 


 

Our hotel!
The people at the reception were nice and friendly and we were allocated a nice room facing the canal. The only thing we had trouble with was the temperamental lock on the door that we always struggled with.

After I had a nice warm shower and refreshed myself, we headed out to explore the city!

 

 

And grabbed a quick bite from a side-street stall... 





 

 

Spotted some pretty gondolas on the way...

 

 

We then arrived at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) where we had a little wander round.

 


 


Unfortunately we weren't allowed to go into St. Mark's basilica because they didn't allow bags (?!) 
We didn't understand why they didn't have any places to at least store our bags...we are tourists after all!

Oh well, just took a picture of the entrance anyway...

 

We did however manage to visit Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) one of the main landmarks in the city, which cost 8.00 euros with our rolling card.

 After quite a lengthy wander round the palace we went to check out some prices for the gondola ride. We were initially offered a free ride from one of the punters but we couldn't recognize which one he was so we continued asking around. 
It usually costs 80 euros per ride which can take upto 4 people at a time. Because there was only two of us we grouped up with Kyoungho, a Korean guy who was traveling on his own and managed to bargain a price of 60 euros for the ride.


 

 


Then came the time to look for a place to have dinner. As having a sit-down dinner can be rather pricey in Venice, with the additional 'coperto' and 'servizio', we decided to take a crawl through Venice's cicchetti pubs! - the local appetizers that line the counters of little pubs around town.
Deviating away from the glitzy tourist hubs, we scoured the streets in search for true Venetian baccaris. After all, the key for an adventurous tourist is to wander and not worrying about getting lost. In fact, get lost as often as you can...what are the chances of falling off an island?
As I am known for my poor sense of direction, Stace was mainly the one who got us back on track everytime!

Before we started our bar-hopping escapade, we stopped by a restaurant just to have a drink, but MAINLY to use their free wifi ha!
Not sure if the owner was too pleased but we carried on minding our own business, happy to be connected to the world again!

Here's a few snapshots of our little adventure...



THE most amazing pork balls!


Mouth-watering cured ham mmm...

Fresh oysters!

How could you possibly say no to a glass of wine that costs less than a euro? Okay, it may not be high-class expensive wine, but it's wine nonetheless!

After a satisfying night of bar-hopping we settled down for some warm food at a local restaurant...



We were quite fortunate to have bumped into Kyoungho that day as he seemed to really know his way around the island, saving us the hassle of planning our impromptu route!
Oh the joys of having a guy as a travel companion.

Well, it's time to sign off and head back to work in my snot-filled state.
If anyone messes about with me today I will threaten to cough and sneeze at them.

Watch this space for Day 2 and 3 of my holiday x


2 comments:

  1. What great photos and what an experience...thank you for sharing a part of your trip with us:).

    xx,
    klee

    kisskissbyklee.blogspot.com

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  2. woww.. this photos are amazing !!!
    thanks to sharing this to us =)
    i wish i can go to that place someday ^^
    xx

    visit my blog sometimes..
    www.melodyofmywords.blogspot.com

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