Hotel Terme Helvetia
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... agreement that Venice stinks. It literally smells. Like you walk past a pizza joint and you have the most amazing aroma fill your nostrils and then all of a sudden, BAM!! Your nose wants to cry because in mere moments that wonderful smell becomes a huge whiff of what seems to be a concoction of stale ****, old garbage, and rancid seafood. It's the triple threat of smells, truly it is. Tonight we actually had dinner at a normal time and sat at a cute little place just ...
... 2600 people. This is where the entire nobility met to elect the senate and doge. It is an amazing accomplishment with no pillars to break up the room. The rooms are filled with masterpieces by Veronese and Tintoretto and the ceilings frescoes and gilded. The place is stunning. As we exit, we pass through the prison which is in stark contract with the palace just across the small canal. Then ...
... lifts. So we took advantage of the water bus passes at night to see Venice's famous sights in the off-hours. One favourite nighttime experience was finding our way back from one side of the main island to the other. Venice's barely named narrow streets and alleys (landmarks are the popular way to form directions) make up a maze of paths that will always spill you out alongside a canal, or into a square busy with cafe life. If you make a wrong turn and end up in an ...
... shoved anymore, and we got a delightful waitress, Angela, who recommended several places to go to beat the crowds.
After lunch, we started walking in search of the lagoon and the park away from the crowds that she recommended (which we found). However heat and thirst got the best of us so we started back to the hotel in mid afternoon "cross-country" - - down a little alley, across a little plaza, up an ...
... It's amazing what you find when you venture out from the main area. Not only may you come across a cappuccino and pastry all for under 3 Euros but the opportunity to see the authentic side of a place will become possible. So as I wander from quiet park bench to park bench I am content with doing nothing. Simply sitting here and being in the moment is all I could ever want.
Oh and off topic, but in regards to loneliness what I have concluded is that it is a feeling which is ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center