Well this is my last holiday post. From now on it’s back to scrapbooking. Thanks a lot for coming on the journey with us. And don’t forget you can fill in all the gaps by checking out the photos on my Facebook Album. You don’t need to be linked to Facebook to use this link.
Our final destination was Venice. We were both looking forward to this so much. I’ve been to Venice several times but Seona hasn’t been back since our first trip in 1994.
Sadly when we arrived in Venice we were both feeling sick with a stomach bug and also a head cold. So it was hard work to summon the energy to do Venice justice. But in between bouts of feeling miserable we gave it our best shot.
If you haven’t been to Venice I heartily recommend you add it to your bucket list right now.
The weather was starting to get quite hot so the canals were starting to become a bit wiffy. With our head colds we didn’t really notice it much. But if you’re planning a visit I would suggest trying for Spring or Autumn when the weather is reasonably mild as I believe the smell of the canals can be pretty strong in Summer. After all there is no current moving through them to keep them fresh.
And speaking of canals, one of the highlights of Venice was our gondola ride. Gondola rides are outrageously expensive (100 euro for half an hour) and I’ve always resisted them because of that. But this time we decided to give ourselves a treat and take a dusk ride in a gondola.
It was a great experience. Dusk is such a perfect time for something like this. And you get to see backwaters of Venice which you can’t see on foot. Plus we had a dishy gondolier which didn’t hurt.
When our gondolier wasn’t breaking into snatches of song he kept up a commentary on the places we were floating past, including the house where Casanova lived. Apparently he managed to sleep with over 400 women (Casanova, not the gondolier) in his life and lived to the ripe old age of 73 (which was pretty old for the 18th century) so I guess he must have been doing something right.
So my other piece of advice is when you go to Venice, fork over the 100 euro and take a gondola ride. Preferably in the evening when you can really feel like you’re floating through Old Venice.