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Only way to start the day

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.

Craig enjoying his espresso
It was cool seeing all the small shops in all the lanes, but not nice having to navigate all the people. But as we kept walking it started to get worse until we found ourselves in the main piazza with thousands of other people and pigeons. Suddenly Venice lots it's charm and all we wanted to do was get out of there and back into the back streets. Eventually we got away from everyone and found a nice little restaurant near the naval buildings so we sat, ate and relaxed.


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.

It would seem that once the exhibition was over, they took the art and abandoned the buildings. Was a bit eerie walking around the outsides of the buildings looking at all the over grown plants.


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.

At this point we'd lost track of where we were headed as we walked through a variety of lanes, back alleys and across bridges. Thankfully we saw a great little wine shop which was selling the local stuff for 3euros for 1L so we had to jump on that. Comes straight out of a stainless tank and poured into a plastic bottle – all class.


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.

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Only way to start the day
Only way to start the day
Craig enjoying his espresso
Craig enjoying his espresso
One of the leaning towers of Venice
One of the leaning towers of Venice
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Another leaning tower of Venice
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