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The Bridge of Sighs
We started our day out well enough. For the last of our Venice sightseeing we went over to the Bridge of Sighs and the Prison. Everything was so small and depressing. I suppose that makes sense but it is still striking to see. On the way back we wandered over to the Naval museum and the old ship yards. Before too long it was time to head out to the Treviso airport. We should have realized there was trouble when fog set in for the evening.

After sitting in the airport for some hours we found out our flight had been cancelled thanks to the fog. They refunded us our tickets and gave us directions to take a train to Paris. There would be no more flights to Paris (Orly airport or any other airport) on Ryan Air for like 5 days and we wernt about to miss New Years! We got back on the bus back to Venice and then got to the train station.
Is that leaning?
If we had known ahead of time we could have gotten tickets to Paris direct, left at 8pm and arrived in Paris early in the morning. Now that we were at the train station at like midnight our trip would be far less easy.

Fortunetly we made friends with a guy traveling alone to Paris and was also on the Ryan Air flight. His name was Mark and he was a photographer from L.A. Travel half way around the world and meet somebody who lives a few miles from you!!! He was a big help as he spoke a few languages and knew quite a bit about train travel. We were going to be switching trains all night until about 6 am when somewhere in nothern Italy (Torino I think.. where they had the winter olympics a while back) we would board a train that would take us the rest of the way into Paris. We found a few Belgians who were also had the same luck we did.
Group shot! Mark on the right.
I called the lady we had rented the Paris apartment from to let her know we wouldnt be in until 2pm the next day instead of that evening. She thankfully called the driver she had originally arranged and let them know we wouldnt need them anymore.

We couldnt buy all the tickets for the trip at the Venice station so we would have to get some of them as we went along. Half asleep all night at 6 am we finally made it to the last station before Paris. Looking forward to 6 hours of sleep we got on while Mark and Samantha went to get us all tickets.

Once the train was moving we found out the awful truth! ....................
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The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs
Is that leaning?
Is that leaning?
Group shot! Mark on the right.
Group shot! Mark on the right.
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photo by: asturjimmy