The Romantic City of canals
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Arrived here by car ferry from Greece at 8.30am and it must be just the best way to arrive! Another bright sparkling day and from a height about 7 storeys up the view is fantastic. Disembarked and found a multi-storey car park to leave the van in and set off to catch a canal bus. For 5 euro single we take the No 1 and chug down the Grand Canal. About 12 stops later we get out at Piazza San Marco and join the queues to look at St Mark's Basilisa. Worth noting that you are unable to take even a day back pack into the Basilica and they do not have facilities at the entrance to store them. I waited outside with the pack so that Andrew could go in then we swapped. The guide book we have warn that the cafes surrounding the square are very expensive but I am desperate for a coffee and we both want a toilet break and sit down at one.
While Andrew uses the facilities I notice on the menu there is a music charge of 4.50 euros per person!! There is a 5 piece band playing on a podium spasmodically. reading the info in the menu it is said that Lizt and his son-in-law ( ??? famous composer too) used to spend and hour there each day in 1769. Let's just say that the two coffees plus musician surcharge and tip cost us 30 euros, so be warned!! Dorge's Palace was next then a walk to the Frari Church to look at the paintings and statues. I have been mulling over the exclusivity of the paintings and statues we have been seeing in Europe and if you were a female baby or child or black you were unlikely to get painted or sculpted.
The shopping streets are endless and the quality of the goods first class. Good food, fashion, venitian glass waremasks, silver jewelry, shoes and fresh produce.