Adventures of Gamblegirl
Subject: Adventures of Gamblegirl - Italy Part II Back to my beloved Italy. Woo hoo!! Our first stop was Verona - the setting of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet - a dodgy little play you may have heard of it. The main attraction in Verona is Juliet's Balcony (funny about that huh?). It's tucked away in this little alley in a tiny courtyard (yet still big enough for a friggin gift shop to fit in!) and bam there's the balcony. But in all honesty it's the walls that were more interesting. Holy cow, there was some smultz written on the walls!! Gag worthy. People could leave love notes and messages and boy did they. All over the walls, in any space they could. After Verona, it was on to Venice. Venice is beyond words (well not beyond words, but I have become aware that I tend to recycle the words beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, amazing quite some bit. Hmmm maybe a thesaurus is required by this girl!). I've been told that Venice is smelly, it's overrated, it's a let down, but the moment I got off the boat, I knew that Venice and I was going to get on fine. Did you know that Venice is made up of 117 islands, 400 bridges and 150 canals? There's something really cool about crossing bridges over little canals as you get lost in the rabbit warren of little alleys. Venetican glass - so pretty, must have, must have! and mask shops are everywhere. It's a shoppers dream. My card certainly got a good work out in Venice. If it wasn't the glass, it's the art work! So much, too much! Argggh it's killing me! In St Mark's Square, is yes another ABC (am ABCing around Europe and UK) called St Mark's Bascilia. Next to it is Doges Palace which is also the palce where all the rulings were made for the prisoners of crome. For across the canal is the jail and when theywalked to and fro, on the bridge, the prisoners used to sigh. Hence the bridge of sighs. Whether or not this is true or a bit of fiction, it's a good story. I got to cross over the bridge and saw all these people snapping photo's. My hand will be sticking out in somebody's photo giving them a little wave!! Also in St Mark's Square are millions (well it seems like it!) pidgeons. Let me say, they are bloody crazy. Insane and fearless. They just fly in front of you, giving you a heart attack. And when you feed them... it's like a scene out of "The Birds". Scary. But my real highlight was my gondola ride. That was so cool and so much fun. We were shouting out "Ciao" and waving at everyone and having a laugh. Even blew kisses to some Asian tourists on the bank who blew them back. It was soo much fun. I'm glad that I did it. That was the highlight for sure. Next stop... Austria and Vienna Love and kisses from your neighbourhood freak!!!!