No place like 14th century Venezia

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 30, 2013

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L'Imbarcadero Venice
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Friday, December 14, 2012


Canals, picturesque views at every corner and pretty much an entire city frozen in time…Venice is just an amazing place. Tourists at every corner and ridiculous prices perhaps but if you spend just a little time wandering the side streets you can be rewarded with glimpses of the lives of the few Venetians still living on the island.  So have a wander, the sights (and food) is well worth it =P.

Day 1

Crisis‼  Down to our last 100 euros and still needed to pay our hostel!  The hostel was amazing though, an entire Venetian apartment to ourselves!  I thought Rome was good haha we just keep getting better and better!  Massive room again, but on top of that we had a balcony, a living room, a kitchen AND the largest bathroom yet!  Did I mention we were IN Venice overlooking an awesome canal? L' Imbarcadero! Check it out, I don't know if we had cheaper off season prices but we were very happy ^^.  Oh anyways we ended up living that evening with only 40 euros or so for lunch and dinner, time to bust out the cheapness and do some homemade meals using our newfound kitchen =P. 

Didn’t do much that night as you could imagine, just wandered around our area and checked out some churches and got our laundry done.  Panicked a little bit too since the dryer failed in its job, as I had feared, and we promptly found our living room strewn with all our clothes haha my narrow lens didn’t quite pick up the craziness but Sin Ki took some pretty condemning photos =P.  So that was the first day of Venice, not much really but after the madness that was Rome it was nice to take a 'relaxing’ day off.

Day 2

No-one set an alarm so guess when we woke up?  11…yeah…actually, make that 11:30…>.<  Haha guess we were more tired than I thought, more like we are all just lazy at heart =P.  Picked ourselves up slowly and was only out the door at 12:30 or so, dragged ourselves to lunch (thank goodness our money had transferred) to this cool local place called Ae Oche, very awesome pizzas!  We were so full, Sin Ki didn’t finish hers and my beer (while surprisingly refreshing) was a very bad idea!  Stumbled out with full bellies and headed over to the Grand Canal to take our water bus down to St Marco.  Ah reliving the memories, thought it was a better idea than to get lost while wandering the streets since it was already 2pm =S.  The ride down was good, shame about the cloudy weather, just like old times I guess. 

St Marco was its usual bustling self, at least the renovation work was not as jarring as before and I actually got to see the bridge of sighs!  Was telling Sin Ki and Brian the story of how it got its name and made myself a little bit sad…Story goes that as prisoners were taken across the bridge to the execution room they would sigh as they took their last views of the outside world, hence bridge of sighs.  Wandered around St Marco’s basilica and were amazed all over again at the stunning gold mosaics plastering the ceiling.  This time we even went up the campanile to get some of the most amazing views of Venice, the €8 price was a bit steep but the panoramas were really something, all the bell towers and churches poking out of the terracotta roofs, the pigeons flying around, you could even see the alps!  No kidding!  It was freezing and windy as hell up there though, really regretted not bringing my thermal pants that time.  Some poor lady was making a really cool sketch of the Venice views but had long traces of mucous coming down her nose, I don’t know if she knew…probably not cos when I spoke to her all she just remarked on how cold it was and how she couldn’t draw straight lines XD…I didn’t have the heart to embarrass her haha.  Wandered around some more towards the Rialto bridge where we did some shopping…so much shopping in Venice, we were sucked in by the pretty glass and paper…so expensive.  I paid €3 for a pencil!  FOR A PENCIL‼  Man what a sucker >.<  Ah wells, it’s the Venice effect haha.

Met up with Chun Kiu (who had gone wandering on his ownsome for more efficient touring) and tried to find dinner.  Walked AGES but no place seemed good and trip advisor was not being helpful, turning us back from at least 3 restaurants haha, by the end we were just so hungry any place would do.  Luckily for us the place was pretty amazing, big servings and good food ^^.  Even had the locals coming in!  I opted for the spritz (a must try in Venice, sweet!) and pasta al ragu, aka spaghetti bolognaise =P.  Well if I was to have pasta I must have the classics right? Haha.  First time I tried a white pizza too, very nice.  In hindsight I should’ve gotten something seafood since it is Venice after all, SURROUNDED by water!  Ah wells, good food is good food, local specialty or not =).  Just look out for the very self-absorbed waiter who couldn’t seem to stop checking himself out in the giant mirror.

Va Bene!  Venezia!  Quite a relaxed trip…no crazy running, lots of just aimless wandering haha.  I think that’s how to best enjoy Venice.  Soak it in, there’s not that many sights anyway.  Wander down the narrowest alley you can find, have an espresso to the saddest man playing "Sunny side of the street" (gave him a thumbs up and he smiled =), enjoy a book while you watch the sun set…sipping on some spritz (my last visit) and stick out your arms to see if a pigeon will flock on in search of promised food, stare astonishingly at all the amazing Murano glasswork.  You can take your time in Venice =)
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