Day 23 & 24 - Venice
12.08.2012 33 °C
Day 23 – Wednesday 8th
We left today, packing up at Umbria and moving to Venice. Good packing – ready to leave at 9am. Great journey – parking at San Guelilia on the mainland and getting the ferry across to Venice. Lovely arrival in the sunshine. We took just one bag with a change of clothes which made walking to our hotel on the other side of the island easy. Bliss! A hotel room on the lagoon waterfront. And a bath!!! We found somewhere to eat which wasn’t too overpriced (considering Venice prices) and then had a stroll around St Marks Square. Packed with tourists but still an amazing sight. Returned to the luxury of proper beds and our own bathroom!!
Day 24 – Thursday 9th
This morning Mum, Tom and Kate went to the Basilica in St Marks while Dad found a quiet spot to paint. Then we took the river bus for our tour of the Grand Canal. What a great place! Mum saw the railway station steps where she arrived when she was a 17 year-old interrailer. Bit shocked that over 25 years have gone by…
We met up for lunch, then Mum and Dad went off exploring and Tom and I went back to the hotel for a read. Later Mum and Kate went up the Tower in St Marks to watch the sunset – great plan because there were no queues and we walked straight in and the views across the city were amazing. We met up with the Vertigo Brothers at the bottom and then Mum took us for a walking excursion to find an Irish Bar with a telly to watch the Olympics. Another lovely night’s sleep in a real bed!