Venice 21st March 2008
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Our last day.
Our flight to Heathrow was 1410hours so we had to leave the hotel about 1100hours.
We had a leisurely breakfast during which it was decided that we would take the time to explore a little of our island - Isola della Giudecca. Giudecca was once the city's industrial suburb, boats were built there, asphalt factories, a distillery and matting factories were amongst the industries that existed. In fact, our hotel was a flour mill and was derelict for several years before being refurbished. However, the industries gradually failed and the buildings remaining became derelict. La giudecca is now mainly residential, new housing, hotels and social facilities are being developed.
After breakfast we went to the roof of the hotel to view the city and then walked around the island and canals, which was very pleasant, returning to the hotel in time to check out. Whilst checking out we booked a private taxi to take us to the airport as it was quicker than by water bus. The journey was fast and very pleasant, again seeing aspects of Venice that we would otherwise have missed. Our flight was delayed due to it being Easter Bank Holiday and the amount of air traffic leaving Heathrow. Never mind!
For a short holiday or city break, I can recommend Venice to anyone who wishes to experience a historic and cultural adventure. It proved to be for us an amazing break, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all despite it being expensive.