Sunrise, losing our way and the Friari Church
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March 19th, 2009 – by: normrider2001
We went back to bed because we knew we were in for a long day. When we got up again at 9 AM we showered and went to get our free breakfast. It was nice to have a big buffet breakfast something we aren't used to in Europe where we usually have just a croissant and a coffee for breakfast.
We checked out and we were ready to go. We thought we might have made a mistake on our train ticket by not getting a sleeper car so we wanted to see if we could get a sleeping compartment.
We both needed to go to the bathroom, so we decided to go to the Venice Casino. We had free entry into the Casino as part of our hotel stay. I can't believe a Casino would charge admission. Our first issue was finding the actual place. We didn't have a very good map since I forgot it at the hotel. So we ended up buying a map for 2.
We found a grocery store after the casino.
After the casino, I successfully navigated to the Friari church. That included a ride on a Traghetto. You get to cross the canal on a small boat for way less then a Gondola. It cost us 1 euro. The Friari Church was very interesting. Nice works by Titian, Donatello and Bellini. The interesting thing as well is that those works are where they are meant to be seen, in the churches where they were originally hung.
Venice has to be one of the most difficult cities to navigate. The best part about it is that you don't have to watch out for cars or motorcycles like Rome. However you can reach a lot of dead ends. Even if you have a good map it is quite easy to lose your way.
We decided to have our final meal in Venice at this place we found near St. Mark's square, but behind most of the buildings. We started with calamari, and we both had lasagna with veal. We finished with a special dessert, I'm not sure what it is called but it had chocolate, raisins and it was almost like a pudding. We finished off with two cappucinos. We got back to our hotel to pick up our bags and to check our email one final time.
When we checked our email I found I got a message from our B&B in Salzburg. She said that we would have instructions on the door of how to get the key for the front door. And once inside we would have instructions about our room. So even though we get in at 4 AM we were still able to not be stranded.
Our final trip in Venice was a slow vapretto ride back from St. Marks Square back to the train station. We say so long to our Italian leg on to Austria.
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