Water Water Everywhere
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Took about an hour and a twenty minutes on the train, when the train stopped at Venezia Mestre station. Not a terribly pretty area, and was starting to fear the worst. Train carried on for the 10 minute jourey to Venice Santa Lucia, over the 5km bridge that crosses the lagoon carrying both the road and the rail line, and caught our first glimpse of Venice.
Arriving at Santa Lucia,just before 3pm,we found the water buses (Vapereto) right outside. We had arranged for an apartment and the agency had told us to get a 42 or 52 to the Fodamente Nove stop, but to phone them when we arrived, and they would get someone to meet us and take us to the apartment. We got there and the guy phoned to say he had been showing other people to an apartment and would be with us in 15 minutes .
He turned up and was really pleasnt and took us the short walk to the apartment,in the Calle Del Fumo, which was up on the 3rd floor . The gut was great showing us where everything was and how it worked. He also sat with us for a while and pointed out various things like the nearest supermarkets, pubs where we would find a TV to watch the World Cup Final, some other sights to see and a couple of local restaurants that he personally went to with his girlfriend that would give us an experience of real Venitian food. We did take him up on his recomendations on the next couple of nights and they were good, one more so but I'll come to that later.
After he left us we headed for the supermarket, which was about 15 minutes away on the Stada Nova.
Once we had got back and sorted the stuff we headed out, looking for a pub/restaurant that the guy had said would have a TV to watch the football . Well, we thought we were going in the right direction, but ended up well lost :D and not for the last time. We passed loads of places that were full, and loads that were empty, and the ones that were empty never had a TV. Seemed everyone and their granny was out to watch the game. Eventually we managed to find our way to the Pizza San Marco and found a restaurant in one of the streets just behind it.
More folk came in and just ordered drinks, and we sat and got a few more drinks after dinner as the game went into extra time. Once it was over the place emptied pretty rapidly, and after a few minutes we paid the bill and headed back towards St Marks Square. Already there were a whole load of Spaniards gathering in the square, Spanish football strips well in evidence and a few vuvzelas :O. As we made our way towards the vapereto stop there were more and more Spaniards heading towards the square.
By this time the vapereto were on their night service schedule, so we took a boat up the Grand Canal to Ferrovia, the railway station, and then another boat back round to the Fodamente Nove. Sat up and had a few beers before calling it a night.