The End of Italy

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Breakfast delivered to our room in the Hotel Galleria

We awoke after our one night in Venice to breakfast delivered to our room by Stephano (one of the two owners of the Hotel Gallreia; Luciano was not there the day we stayed).  We had a nice leisurely morning in the room, enjoying breakfast and watching the canal in the morning.  (Due to the ACTV strike, there were no vaporettos running, so the canal traffic seemed light).

 

After we packed, we headed out for a day of sightseeing before our flight to Barcelona.  We wandered around the San Marco district, but also did a good job of “getting lost” again.  We eventually headed towards Campo San Margherita, since we had seen several authentic restaurants (and lunch would be our last meal in Italy!)  After rudely barging into a restaurant at 11:45 while the family was enjoying their meal, we found another restaurant around the corner.

Tables lined up for lunch in a campo in Venice
  Our lunch was fantastic – for primo, Rob had squid with papardelle pasta (which had the ink as the sauce!) and Don had beef bolognese.  We both had the chicken with a curry cream sauce for secondo, which the waiter informed us is not traditional but Indian cuisine is served frequently in Italy.  Of course, we shared a half bottle of wine (now I understand what those are for – they are served typically with lunch, where a more moderate alcohol intake is appropriate.)  It was a fitting last Italian meal.

 

Then we suffered another “lost in Venice” moment, but unfortunately at the wrong time.  During our earlier walk, we had purchased tickets on the Aliliguna water boat (which was not on strike) to the Venice airport – the departure was at 1:40PM.  We realized that we had made a wrong turn, and were heading away from the stop (on the canal near our hotel).

Primo - pappardale with squid and ink, spaghetti with beef bolognese
  We had to frantically run through the streets of Venice to get to the hotel, collect our bags, and board the boat heading to the airport to make our 5:30PM flight.

 

We finally arrived at the Aliliguna stop with some time to spare.  We boarded the boat and managed to get a seat towards the front so we could enjoy the view on the way.  The Aliliguna boat stops at Lido (the beach island near Venice) and Murano (famous for it’s glass blowing).  We got a brief glimpse of each island, before arriving at the airport.  After a long walk to the airport from the boat docks, we arrived, checked in, and found that our flight was delayed.  We ended up being an hour late departing Venice, so we had a bit of time to check out the airport.  The airport is very nice and brand new, with lots of high end shopping (those Italian designers we saw throughout Venice – Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana).

Secondo - Chicken with curry cream

 

After boarding and taking off, we arrived at Barcelona airport – Spain was our third country on the trip (don’t forget that the Vatican is its own country.)  Barcelona airport was also very new and incredibly sleek looking.  We headed to the opposite terminal (via shuttle) to board the commuter rail which would take us to the Metro, and then to our hotel.  It was a long journey – by the time we reached the hotel, it was after 10PM.  Luckily, that’s just about dinner time in Spain (no, we’re not kidding), so we were able to grab a quick meal of tapas at an eatery just next door to the Astoria Hotel.

 

Despite the length of our travel, we managed to find the energy to head out to some clubs.  We checked a local “watering hole” bar, then hit a small dance club, then finally got to a larger club (Arena).  By the time we had finished satisfying our big-city bar hopping craving, it was after 3AM – well overdue for a long night’s sleep.
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Breakfast delivered to our room in…
Breakfast delivered to our room i…
Tables lined up for lunch in a cam…
Tables lined up for lunch in a ca…
Primo - pappardale with squid and …
Primo - pappardale with squid and…
Secondo - Chicken with curry cream
Secondo - Chicken with curry cream
Don on the Aliliguna boat to the a…
Don on the Aliliguna boat to the …
Aliliguna boats at Venice airport
Aliliguna boats at Venice airport
Rob on the long walk from the boat…
Rob on the long walk from the boa…
Venice airport
Venice airport
Barcelona airport
Barcelona airport
Very nice room at the Astoria Hote…
Very nice room at the Astoria Hot…
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