We weren't sure how our trip to Venice was going to turn out as we awoke to rain, but we found our way across the Causeway to the camper parking area, and managed to get rid of our persistent spruiker who was trying to persuade us to spend $ 200 for a water taxi for the 2 of us to go on a 15 minute trip to San Marco Square!!! We ended up catching an ordinary water taxi there, sitting inside the cabin looking through the rain and bashing waves as we went around the outside of the island!!!. It continued to rain for a while but we just joined all the other umbrella toting tourists and wandered the streets and canals at our leisure. The rain didn't last for very long, so didn't really affect the day. Once again we appreciated the fact that we were travelling out of season as it gave us the opportunity to not only be a part of the bustle, but to find back streets where there were only locals going about their daily business, and of course, in the middle part of the day, we had the streets to ourselves, as the European custom of everything closing down for a couple of hours at lunchtime reigned supreme here also. We felt that we had a good amount of time in Venice. We were able to explore the different areas of the city, including the places tourists don't usually venture to, and were not overly interested in seeing any more churches, Basilicas, Roman or Medieval remnants etc. There is such a thing as historical/ archaeological overload after all !!
When it started getting dark we found our way back to the Grand Canal and caught the water bus back to our camper. It was rather cold and wet sitting outside at the front of the boat, even with an umbrella, and we ended up being the only ones left still sitting out by about halfway, but Aussie are tough!!!
We drove off, feeling satisfied with the day, and REALLY excited to be heading to Schladming.