Does it really stink?

Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Venice is lovely and doesn't really stink.

David was willing to give Venice a second chance after a bad experience in 1998 which had left him with a bad taste. He'd been denied entry into St Mark's Cathedral as being inappropriately dressed because of his shorts, but the stinger was that the Japanese guy before his was wearing really short shorts and was allowed through!! I was the only one out for the four of us that got in that year!

It was much, much, much more crowded this time, as we crossed the Realto bridge. I couldn't believe the amount of tourists!! Loads of Americans. There must have been a special on tickets to Venice that day.

We walked the maze of lanes bordered by canals. There was the ocassional eggy whiff but we put up with it. We eventually arrived at St Mark's Piazza and turned to view the magnificent cathedral. Our jaws dropped and eyes popped - the line to get in was HUGE! It snaked right round the corner! There were no queues last time - just walk straight up and in you go, or not in David's case! It was bloody scorching but we joined the queue, as you do. We got to the front and it happened again - David was pushed to the side and told he couldn't go in!!! Shorts were in this year, but bags weren't! So in I went, alone again. Two minutes later I was out searching the masses for a fuming David. But he was no where to be found. 20 minutes later a fuming Lucy spotted a very relaxed looking David at the exit of the cathedral. Apparently he'd procured a locker which gave him instant access where he had taken his sweet time soaking up the atmosphere. (Top tip there for you!)

We walked round the square and felt in need of a caffeine hit, but at 12 euros for an espresso, they can jam it!!

It was getting late so we walked round the lanes looking at a few smaller churches and avoiding the crowds. We found the 'Frari' where Titian's 'Assumption' is housed, paid the entrance fee, took a sneaky pic, cooled down a bit and hit the lanes again towards the train station.

Venice had gone up a long way in David's eyes and I still loved it, even with all those bloody tourists!!
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