Le Cafe, Across the Accademia to Dorsoduro, and the Mestre

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My favorite square

After waking up and having our breakfast,  we began to walk the other direction than we had before; towards the Accademia Bridge.  On our way there, we came across a lovely small square - my favorite I found in all of Venice.   There was a man there from Budapest Hungary playing a chello and it was so beautiful, echoing thru the square.  While Michelle went into a store to look around, I stayed by the old fountain in the square and listened to him play.  I bought a CD from  him and then we continued on.

A minute later, we arrived at one of our destinations - a small place called "Le Cafe" that Travbuddy Roman, from Peru, had reviewed after he went to Venice.

Michelle and her hot chocolate. Yum Yum!
  He said the place had 32 flavors of hot chocolate, and that was just too great on a cold December day to pass up!

We sat down for a bit and ordered our drinks, as the gray day began to drizzle outside a little.  It was just so pretty.  The drinks were a lot of fun, and I was so glad that Roman had let us know about it!  Definitely worth a stop in Venice.

Then we crossed the huge Accademia bridge, and continued to wander.   It certainly seemed to be the less "touristy" side to Venice, if there was such a thing.  We located another small square,  where there was internet access at a small shop, but the computers were busy with other people; so we decided to come back in a bit.  We located the Osteria that we'd read about to have lunch at; sadly I have lost the name.

Lots of gondolas
  :-(  It wasn't open quite yet, so we continued down the alley until the chance to turn left presented itself, and opened up into the edge of the land again; but this time, it looked like an actual dock for ships with supplies.  We sat and looked out at the Canal Di Fusina, and then finally headed back to the Osteria for our lunch.  It seemed like a good mix of local people and some tourists, and everyone was fed family style. 

Once our lovely lunch was over, we headed back to the shop that offered internet and wrote a few quick emails.  Then the long but beautiful walk back towards St. Marco's and our hotel.   As we reached the same small square I had enjoyed before, we decided to go in and look at a free exhibit that was being displayed in a building there, about the history of string instruments.

Another of the countless empty pathways
  It was very interesting, and some of the violins were extremely old.

We decided that for dinner, it was time to check out the Mestre.  There were mixed feelings about this, and I think that I wanted to more than Michelle; I though that it might be cheaper, and also I was curious to see it.  Finally, I think we both felt like it was a good idea to figure out the lay of the land since we'd be needing to get to the S. Lucia train station early the following morning, and we expected to need to pass that basically on our way out to the Mestre.  We headed to the vaporetto and then made it onto the correct bus heading into town.  It let us off at the OTHER train station, on the Mestre.  That was nice too, since it would be where we would get off the train in about 2 weeks time to end the trip.

Another view by the Rialto
  So it helped put all the pieces together.

Now that we were there, we were unsure what exactly to do; it was very cold and now dark, and there were no obvious restaurants.  We began to walk, and as we headed away from the main street for the town, we found a very small pizza place with only a couple of tables, and decided to just eat there.  It was nice, and I'm glad we did it.  We were then able to make our way back to the bus, and return to Venice.  We needed to get to bed early, because tomorrow was going to be a VERY early day...

AndiPerullo says:
Oooh, babe will you make me a copy of the chello CD??? Sounds like SUCH a lovely day. Makes me want to go back to Venice.
Posted on: Nov 29, 2007
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My favorite square
My favorite square
Michelle and her hot chocolate.  Y…
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Lots of gondolas
Lots of gondolas
Another of the countless empty pat…
Another of the countless empty pa…
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Another view by the Rialto
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A lone window
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Inside Le Cafe
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