Buon giorno from Venice!!
We arrived in Venice just after 3 on the 27th. We had to get a public bus and then walk about 1km to Camping village Jolly. Things definitely move a lot slower here. We didn't get into our accommodation until a bout 7pm and then went to try and get some dinner in the camping grounds restaurant. Trying to find someone to serve us initially was a night mare, the service here with anything is so slow. We finished dinner at about 1030. After the last 2 days of ferry's and flights were we completely b*****ed and went to bed.
The next day we got up around 9. Planned to meet up with another bus about gal around 10 that got the plane with us the day before. By the time we decided to get the shuttle bus from the camp grounds into Venice and lined up at reception for tickets we only just made the 11 o'clock bus. Camping jolly is on the main land as it is to expensive to stay on the island side. To get the shuttle bus there and back costs 4 euro which is pretty reasonable. Once you get out there it is a 3 minute train ride and you are in the heart of Venice. We also met some Canadians on the way that were travelling Europe in a van. So they joined us for the day. The one place we wanted to visit was San Marco's square. This is on the other side of Venice so we attempted to follow the signs that led through all the very small streets, over thousands of small concrete bridge and most importantly, past lots of gelati stores :) It seemed it was pretty impossible to get to without asking for directions which we had to do about 5 different times along the way. We finally made it to San Marcos with out loosing anyone. Again I took a heap of photos, saw a clock tower there that was the first ever digital clock tower that changes time every 5 mins. The size and scale of the place was just amazing. After the time it had taken us to get there we decided to start heading back to make the 630 bus we had all ready paid for. This time our friend Michelle decided to use a map rather than the street signs, which ended up being a good idea as we made it back a lot quicker.
The next day we decided it would be a good thing to have a sleep in and just get some washing done for the rest of the day and then head into Venice that evening. So after we slept in til 11
(needed to try and get rid of the colds) we went and did some laundry and then headed over to the pool in hope of some lunch.... Unfortunately the restaurant nor the supermarket are open at this time and weren't going to open til 430!! Argh... So we decided to walk to the closest petrol station which had an Autogrill attached to it (most here do) it's quite a nice little snack bar and we got some nice calzones from there. We relaxed by the pool until it was time to head out.
Our Canadian friends came with us again and we all headed to a restaurant they had been to the night before as there was no cover charge on top of the 12% service fee they also charge here. After dinner we strolled the streets looking for Venezian masks for the masquerade party that was happening back at the camp later on. There are so many to choose from here but you have to be careful that you aren't buying one that is made in China! After we found these we wandered along the main river taking photos of the nightscape. I enjoyed the night trip so much better, more atmosphere and you arent afraid of getting too burnt :)
We headed back to the camp site and headed into the function room with our masks for drinks and dancing. We said goodbye to our Canadian friends and headed to bed about 12 as tomorrow we were headed for a 10 hr bus trip to Rome :)