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Between the thunderstorms, my first day in Venice

Just a short one this time. Arrived in Venice on a hot summers afternoon after a tiring trip from Florence, and fought my way through hordes of day trippers to get on a vaporetta boat to take me to the boat stop that was closest to my accommodation. I'm paying $57 a night, and I am 50 yards from two bed and breakfast places that are charging $179 and $229 for smaller rooms. I am very happy with my room which is really comfortable and spacious, and the kitchen and bathroom are spotless too. Last night after checking out the local small supermarket for bits and pieces I just crashed. Racing around for a couple of weeks took their toll. Woke up this morning to crashing thunder with heavy rain, which lasted for at least three hours. About lunchtime, when the rain stopped, I headed out to find my bearings. I saw a really good pasta shop on Tripadvisor and wrote down the directions to get to it from here. I did the same for a couple more places that I wanted to see, using google maps for directions and in the following three hours I found out why Venice is so easy to get lost in. Firstly the names for the streets on google maps are often different from the names of the streets on the street, so it becomes a guessing game ( is this street really called that, and if I take it will it lead to the place I want ). It makes getting around interesting, especially when some streets have had their name plates torn off. The pasta shop was a no go ( It was closed on Sundays anyway I found out later). The reason I couldn't find it was that one of the streets I needed to go down to get to it was an alleyway with a locked gate at the end of it (obviously only for residents) so google really fucked that one up (sorry mum). Anyway you can see what I passed on the way. Tomorrow I'm off on a three hour walking tour, that is providing I can find the meeting place, but that's ok I've got it sorted on my google maps lol..... PS There's been another three hours of thunderstorms and heavy rain this evening...

3pm Saturday dropped off at my stop in Venice

3pm Saturday dropped off at my stop in Venice


down this alley, L turn, R turn, about ten times..

down this alley, L turn, R turn, about ten times..


crossed a couple of canals too

crossed a couple of canals too


just dropped the suitcase and put the jug on

just dropped the suitcase and put the jug on


my bedroom windows top right.

my bedroom windows top right.


The Rialto bridge/ having a renovation

The Rialto bridge/ having a renovation


a dream gondola $150 an hour

a dream gondola $150 an hour


the dream- on the grand canal in a gondola.

the dream- on the grand canal in a gondola.


the reality

the reality


the reality

the reality


the reality

the reality


someone lives there

someone lives there


sheltering from the showers

sheltering from the showers


another shower

another shower


the most beautiful bookshop in the world... not

the most beautiful bookshop in the world... not


books and other stuff filling a gondola

books and other stuff filling a gondola


outside books as steps

outside books as steps


gondola of books

gondola of books


a bit of a shambles

a bit of a shambles


view from top of book steps

view from top of book steps


all that's missing is Mr. Bean

all that's missing is Mr. Bean


probably full of treasures for a discerning eye

probably full of treasures for a discerning eye


a sleeping unicorn in Venice

a sleeping unicorn in Venice


Heads hanging in shops like the french revolution.

Heads hanging in shops like the french revolution.


dozens of specialist mask shops

dozens of specialist mask shops


a really good one

a really good one


with some expensive masks

with some expensive masks


and lovely ornaments

and lovely ornaments


drag queen masks?

drag queen masks?

Posted by astrix7 17:00 Archived in Italy

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