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... weather and had our photo taken with him. We had been somewhat
disappointed with the dining service and GF food available on this ship, the first time we've encountered no cereal ! Rumour was the Fleet “food and beverage manager” was aboard overseeing the implementation of a new menu. We managed to get reasonably high up the “food chain” and our complaints were “being looked into” but they ran a zone defence and our efforts ...
Sitting on the terrace in Campo san Geremia taking in the ambience and atmosphere, it gave us time to reflect. This may be our last time in Venice as the Local Authority have passed a bill to stop large cruise ships over 96,000 tonnes from sailing down the Guidecca canal, one of the major canals in the city, due to fears that the ships are causing environmental damage. This is due to come in to effect in November 2014.
By the time we had finished ...
... Nanette is loving the quirky shops that line most of the alleys, and I take the odd few photos here and there.
Lunchtime. We do as the locals do and drop into a trattoria. Our host gives us the menu. We go through the charade of pretending to understand Italian, and then ask him to recommend some pizzas. Somehow, Nanette ends up with a kind of Hawaiian pizza with balsamic all over ...
... are often used as free toilets.
We made the train, made the right train (huge bonus!), and did not get kicked off the train for not making our tickets feel good about themselves. We made it back to Venice to start a very long day of exploring...if only so many people didn't have the same idea, it would have been ideal. I can't imagine what peak season is like in Venice. It is no wonder this city is sinking. When the tourists leave for the evening, the city probably gains ...
... todays was 17.00 for 2. It did come on a silver tray, with a jug of water and a lovely little biscuit - but STILL... haha we laughed about it, because the whole thing was beautiful and incredible service, it was very much "high tea".
We rejoined our group and were given a guided tour through the canals on a boat. That was an incredible perspective also. It was amazing to see how people have adapted to living on the water in this way.