Even more beautiful in the shunshine

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, February 7, 2010

The weather had improved from gray cloud and rain to not a cloud in the sky. Once outside we saw that the whole of Venice had a completely different look and feel about it when bathed in sunshine. We walked from the hotel to San Marco, via San Polo, and all along the route the restaurants had their chairs set up outside. San Marco was PACKED! Thousand of tourists, probably most of whom were day trippers brought in by the improved weather. There were also hundreds of people in fancy dress. There were people dressed in masks and very decorative costume as well as an army of knights, lords and ladies. The more elaborate outfits attracted a lot of attention, posing for photos and the going was very slow through the square as we made our way to the waterfront. We managed to see the Bridge of Sighs, again surrounded by scaffolding.
To get away from the crowds we caught a gondola taxi (50cents) across the Grand Canal to the tip of the southern part of Venice, next to Campo della Salute. The gondola was excellent as it was only me and Alex, very nice :) From here we got some fantastic views back across the canal to San Marco and there was hardly anyone here. There was also a rather strange statue of a naked boy holding a frog, very odd! After the photos we found a really good ice cream and decided to have a big lunch rather than going out for a sit-down dinner later. Without trying we stumbled across a nice little local restaurant (Al Nono Risorto) and were encouraged in by the number of locals and gondola blokes eating inside. The service wasn't brilliant but i had one of the best Spaghetti Caronaras I've ever had. Alex also had a very good pizza, we both had wine and the bill was lovely and cheap.
Following lunch we made our way back to Campo Santi (near the hospital) to try and get some views of the mountains but it was too misty to see anything in the distance. It gave us opportunity to have another ice cream though and retake some photos in the sunshine again. 
We then tried to get back to the coast in the south but somehow got VERY lost. I didn't have slue where we were! Eventually we stumbled back onto the map and ended up at the Arsenale. We then decided to take a really nice long walk along the coast and sat down to watch the sun set. It was beautiful with sun going down behind the Venetian skyline.

In the evening we went out to Campo St Margherita and the Orange Bar again. In the square we found another DJ but this time playing good rocky music, more our style. Throughout the night we tried a few of the bars as well as trying a Venetian drink called Spritz. It's made with sparkling wine, lemonade and then either an orange coloured apple spirit or Campari. Having never tried them before we ordered one of each. The apple one was sweet and very tasty but the Campari was bitter and horrible. It did make drinking it very funny though. After making faces at the Campari spritz we went for a dance and some pizza slices. We finished the night rather tipsy but it was an excellent day and a perfect way to finish a brilliant weekend.  

Thank you Alex
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