Day 18

Trip Start Dec 11, 2016
Trip End Jan 16, 2017

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Friday, December 30, 2016

The next morning we headed to Venice - a city we were all very excited about! We bid our lovely host Stefan farewell (he gave us some delicious jam as a parting gift) took a taxi and 2 trains and a few hours later we were on the waterfront.  Venice is a spectacular maze of canals, bridges and crowds of visitors so luckily we had very good instructions on how to catch the water bus line 2 to the Rialto water bus stop - all very exciting!  We then met our fabulous hostess Mimi who led us through the maze  (showing us where to buy chocolate and groceries) to our lovely Venetian style apartment (well done Mum for finding another great Airbnb apartment).  Mimi told us the building was around 600 years old.  The master bedroom was very grand and each window had traditional shutters.  Once again, armed with a map and tips from Mimi we set out to explore our neighbourhood.  Every turn revealed another beautiful building or square or canal.  It was a feast for the eyes!  We quickly discovered that although we were not close to Piazza San Marco our neighbourhood was popular with tourists and crowded.  We were spoilt for food choices with so many bars, ristorantes, trattorias,etc in our area.  We eventually settled on a little restaurant for pizza, pasta and risotto and Chianti (only available by the bottle) where we discovered the 2 Euro/person cover charge plus the 15% service fee, costing us an extra 25 Euro just to eat dinner!
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