I've got that sinking feeling..
Venice Travel Blog› entry 43 of 92 › view all entries
Today our plan is to walk through all the small back streets of Venice and see how lost we can get. However before we start that we sat a little cafe for some espressos and then bought a map so that we could find our way out at some point. It was so nice to walk around the streets away from all the tourists, occasionally bumping into some that were checking the map, but mainly seeing the locals who of course had no trouble with all the small lanes and paths criss-crossing the canals. The buildings are so old and it's hard to find one that doesn't have the plaster or concrete on the outside walls falling off. You'd normally think that these buildings are just derelict but it really just adds to the charm of the place.
We somehow found ourselves in the middle of the shopping district and also the middle of the tourists.
We found our location on the map and made a mental note of where to avoid so we decided to head towards the water and some of the parks that are there. As we were walking around the parks we stumbled across an international arts exhibit from some time ago. Most countries had their own little building which at some point contained art.
The day was getting on and we had wanted to check out the gondolas before heading back to the camp for dinner, plus we were quite far from where the ferry leaves from so we decided to head back into the city, but also trying to avoid the crowds. Eventually we came across some gondolas and after some umming and ahhing over the price, we fell for the tourist trap and jumped on board. It was nice to go for a 40min gondola ride and see what the buildings looked like from the water (more dilapidated) but not sure it was worth the price you have to pay.
Unfortunately Craig's contact lens decided to give him troubles and so once the gondola was finished we headed for a toilet.
Now it was at this point we found ourselves lost even though we had a map – mainly because the street names we could see weren't on the map. We sort of figured out a likely place we were, but that turned out very wrong. Thankfully we hadn't gone too far before having to turn around and head back in the other (correct) direction.
Once back at camp we sat down outside our chalet and got stuck into the local Merlot, variety of salami, some pickled veg and cheese. None of it any good for our health, but at the time thoroughly enjoyed. Had a really good time eating and drinking that's for sure.