Day 2 - A great day in the city of Venice

Trip Start Sep 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 11, 2007

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Last night after we logged in to the travelpod we went for a walk and saw a few of the sights of Lido, Which are really pretty low key, actually very relaxing.  Had a few beers and some gelatto (the real home made stuff).  This morning we set off on the water taxi for a ride through the grand canal only to find that we did not have enough time to complete the ride before our first tour.  We got off at the Ca' d Oro exit, only to find that we are about a mile past the exit we needed.  On the map it doesn't seem like it is that far, but for those of you who have been to Venice, an hour of being lost in its maze can make your wife quite stressed.  We did make it to the first tour, after an hour and a half of wandering through the alleys of Venice we were only 10 minutes late, but just in time to catch the tour.  It was a walking tour and we ended up very thirsty and with really sore feet after two hours of looking at churches and stuff like that.  St Marcos Square the the Main Church (what ever it was called) was really impressive.  Sue had all the pigeons after her; and they even sat on her head.  We did find an excellent restaurant which is mostly frequented by the locals (Al Conte Pescaor).  The food was exceptional and the service was great.  After we were there perhaps they will want to limit their customers to locals only.  We finished our meal and Sue needed to use the rest room (toilet) in Italy.  I finished my beer and waited; after 15 to 20 minutes Sue had not returned so I ordered a Scotch (a double) and by the time I was almost done with it (roughly 40 minutes later) I was wondering why it was taking so long.  It could be long lines, maybe the food did not agree, or perhaps a handsome Italian guy, but I never would have expected that she would have gotten locked in the bathroom stall.  I began to wonder when I saw the bathroom police running by.  I immediately got concerned and had a fleeting thought that maybe I should run.  Oh well, the management had to finally go through a lengthy interpretation between Italian and English to instruct her on the technique of opening the door.  It simply involved turning the lock.  After all of this they politely asked us to pay the bill and leave; we tried to explain that we were from Minnesota but it did not seem to impress them at all.  After all of that we continued through the maze of streets and found them quite impressive.  Each canal and Campo (a little village to us) each on its own island (113-118 of them) are really very unique in their own right.  Later we went on a boat tour of the canals (mainly the grand canal).  This was quite a highlight of the day and very educational and highly recommended to any one visiting Venice.  We still find people in general here to be quite rude and not very helpful.  Next time I come here I will know some Italian terms of my own so I can respond in kind.  We did finish the water bus ride through the rest of the canal that we missed out on this morning and it turned out to be quite a different look at night ( I slept while Sue looked at the sights).  We arrived back at Lido and stopped at a wine bar and had a glass of wine and some snacks at the complements of the owner which was extremely friendly.  It was very good (no more restaurant toilet breaks - Sue is limited to the public pay toilets since they have easy exits).  We will try to attach a few more pictures from today.  Tomorrow we are off to San Vincenzo on the western coast of Italy in the Tuscany area.  Arrivederci (hows that for some Italian lingo).

Our room here in Lido has turned out to be really neat.  We leave the key when we leave the hotel and pick it up when we return (mainly because it is attached to a five pound weight).  
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