VENICE 19th MARCH 2008
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We again rose early and decided that we would all catch the launch straight away and have breakfast on the main island. Having looked at the map of Venice the previous evening, we all agreed that it would be nice to avoid the tourist area, if not for the day, certainly for part of it. So with that in mind, we headed along the waterfront to an area at the eastern tip of the island. This is the residential area with mainly every-day shops and open spaces. On the way we stopped at a small cafe and had an enjoyable breakfast in the sunshine. Today the weather was wonderful, blue skies and sunshine all day and it was quite warm for the time of year.
It was interesting walking through this area because the authorities had filled in a canal to form a very wide pedestrianised street, I would think the widest street in the whole of Venice.
Having refreshed ourselves, we walked to an area of Venice known as the Arsenale. The Arsenale was in the sixteenth century, the base for many shipping companies, it had wet and dry docks, had rope and sail manufacturers and ordnance and gun powder mills. In short, it was the foundations upon which the city's maritime supremacy rested. Walking back to the main tourist areas , down narrow alley ways, crossing over many canal bridges, it was not surprising that this city is such a wonderful place to visit.
We eventually arrived tired and foot sore, at a point at which the hotel launch stopped. Whilst waiting, we sat in a water-side cafe area and enjoyed a glass of wine or two before returning to our hotel. On our walk we purchased a couple of bottles of wine which we consumed in our room with Sue and Eddie before having a rest. We had decided to eat in the hotel for dinner and so we dressed more appropriately and enjoyed a very nice meal in the restaurant, albeit expensive.