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We missed a water bus which was supposed to be a land bus, but eventually made it to our accommodation. I remember being spaced out and staring in the background as the landlady described everything to jen and I just nodded. Fell asleep as soon as they left. Woke up not sure where I was, like in that back to the future movie where Marty wakes up and thinks he's had a bad dream and travelled back in time. Then when she ...
... demonstration. Some of the stuff they make is spectacular, it was shattering we didn't have enough time to go to the smaller islands dedicated to purely glass or lace, if I had the money or packing space I could have spent a lot of money. The pillar of death was a way to torment prisoners, if they could walk around without falling off they could live, if not they were killed. It's basically impossible. Had a cute gondola ride ...
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Next we went up to the Soffit (where the arsenal was stored) originally built 12thC and then it was completely rebuilt as there was a fire here and it was completely destroyed. It's an engineering masterpiece as the beams survived and the backbones of the palace.
... but nevertheless enjoying our travels. Finally we caved and bought a map. Did it help?? hmmm not sure about that.
We found the Rialto bridge and finally St Mark's Square. Passed on having a coffee here, as it was cheaper for us both to catch the public ferry the length of the Grand Canal than to buy one coffee. The ride was brilliant and we had a great view of all the activities on the canal.
After resting up at the apartment we headed out again, ...
... the water, as I push it back the oar paddles through the water. It is actually very hard first up. Feel a bit silly as it is a new thing to do, but I don't hit anything.
Felix stands at the back with the steering and I reckon he does most of the work too. But he makes us look good. Steve has a go and he is just as "good" as me. We travel through very tiny canals, under bridges, thats fun, and then we find ourselves in the Grand Canal, thats scary, its a ...