Stella Alpina Edelweiss
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... lunch so we walked over the bridge to the Vaporetto station on the opposite side of the canal for our ten-fifteen minute ride to Cannaregio and the start of our search!
After eliting from the water bus we followed the crowd down a passageway which led to the open, more spacious commercial centre. Either side lined with wonderful shops and lots of locals doing their daily shopping.
Mingled with the locals were obvious tourists, most in small ...
... between 6 and 8am 6 days a week and it is collected during the day. Many people have hooks on their walls to hang the bag to keep it off the ground. I have not yet seen a rat and hope for it to stay that way!
It is also illegal to feed the pigeons.
Toilets are well hidden and rare. When desperate enough to come across one you then pay for the privilege.
Our lights at home are like gas lights, you flick the switch, and go away for a minute or two ...
... canals which we loved. Finally we stopped at Torcello, the smallest of the three islands. This one has been almost entirely deserted, the original 20,000 population is reduced to only 11 now. We looked at the old church there before returning to the main island.
We had a quiet evening reading our books and enjoying our complimentary drink in the hotel. The night manager made us an Aperol Spritz, a very popular drink here which we thought was delicious!
The next day we ...
... room they had had a gigaaaaantic bed large enough for 3 of us....and then some! I wandered around on Sunday with them and headed off for Verona around 5 pm. It was my first trip alone and one to remember! The train was packed with people leaving carnival and I had to squeeze in the area in between the train cars with no seats. Next to me were 3 couples my age and it is the norm to make out in public.....so that was fun to watch for 2 hours! The weeks ...
... rest of the day soaking up the sunshine in various squares and plazas around the city and after the compolsary ice cream stop we wandered around the streets window shopping... Particularly at the jewlery shops deciding on the perfect engagement rings for the Girls of the group... After a lovely dinner on the banks of the grand canal we caught the vaparetto back to the hostel to pack and make ready for the journey to florence tomorrow. Much love to all. The ...