This place looks the same as 28 years ago.....
22.08.2009 - 22.08.2009 28 °C
It seems hard to believe that we have been away for almost a month. Here we are in Venice, down some dark skinny laneway at an Internet Cafe. There is far more Murano glass and chachka shops than there are Internet Cafes! Finding it was a bit of a feat in itself!
So, we sailed our great big ship down the Grand Canal this morning and it was a sight to see. This incredibly large ship casually sailing down the canal and past Piazza San Marco. Holy Cow! It was pretty awe inspiring. The city doesn't look too much different than when we were here as newlyweds. There are cetainly more visitors - today in the port were FIVE other cruise ships. That means about 12,000 potential cruise passengers getting around the city. That doesn't take into account all of the other travellers in the city for vacation.
The ambiance is very nice with gondoliers willing to take your Euros for a very short ride on a gondola. The Venetians are somewhat taken back as the first female gondolier has received her license. We haven't seen her but imagine breaking in to this male dominated world!
The prices have increased since we were here last. A Peroni beer on Snam Mark's Square will set you back about 10 Euros (about 16.00 CAD). We opted for the off the beaten track place and had two beers and a huge delicious pizza for 24 Euros (about 35 CAD). This have been our most expensive stop. Oh well, it is only the kid's enheritance we are spending! Sorry boys!
We must have our bags packed tonight and be ready to leave the ship at 8 AM tomorrow. We are hoping to negotiate our way to the train station (We can see it from the ship) and out to the airport and our airport hotel for the last night. WE are hoping to take a water bus to the island of Murano tomorrow for some last minute shopping.
Then we have that long day of travelling to get home. Can't wait to see everyone. If any of the chicks are reading this blog could you send Linda M a big happy birthday wish from me. I think her big 50 was yesterday.....
Sounds like Calin is home but hasn't e-mailed me - I have heard from Carmen. Thanks for that Carmen!!!!!
Miss you all and will see you soon. Now back to fighting with the crowds for that perfect piece of Murano glass.