Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Europe Day 5: Venezia, Italia

On day 5 we woke up early at 4 a.m., as I mentioned in the last post. We took a taxi to the Dublin airport, and took RyanAir to Venice! The flight only took about 2 hours.

I think we flew over the Alps - I snapped this picture from the window. Higher up the mountains were covered with snow, but it was cloudy so I didn't attempt to take any pictures.

When we arrived it was so warm and sunny! We immediately read signs and listened to people, trying to teach ourselves a few Italian phrases (My spelling is probably off)

Grazi = Thank you
Bon Giorno = Hello
Ciao = Bye
Escusi = Excuse me
Si = yes

Since we have some knowledge of Spanish, and the languages are very similar, it was pretty easy. Most people we encountered spoke at least a little English. And even if they didn't, we were able to communicate somehow!

We took a bus from Venice Treviso Airport to the main bus station right outside of the city. Then we took another bus to Marghera, where our hostel was located. We stayed at Plus Camping Jolly, and it was a long walk! They upgraded us to a private "bungalow," which is a trailer with two twin beds, a private bathroom and even a mini fridge. It was nice, but because it's so far from Venice, let alone a bus stop, I wouldn't recommend it unless you rent a car.

Upon arriving in Italy, we pretty much immediately realized that Italian men are... creepy. They think it's okay to stare, leer, make cat calls and kissy noises. It's obnoxious... of course we didn't let it affect us but it's very noticeable and happens constantly.

We had to lay in our room for a while, we were so tired! But eventually we decided to trek back to Venice, which meant walking the 3/4 mile or so back to the bus stop. First we stopped at a restaurant called Charly Bar (Charly is what my family calls me)! We were excited to try real Italian pasta, but they showed us that it was just a frozen meal they heated up!

When we got to Venice, we got some gelato then went exploring! The city was so much more beautiful than I expected. Sadly, my pictures don't convey how freaking adorable Venice really is. There really are NO vehicles - only boats in the canals. Such a unique place! We basically walked around and took in all the pretty sights.

All my pictures are of Rose because it's just much easier to take pictures of each other with our own cameras.

Remember how I said it was warm and sunny? We had changed into skirts, sandals and tank tops for the weather. Well it started sprinkling as we were on the bus, and eventually it started pouring! Like seriously pouring.

We stood under eaves and laughed about the situation, and eventually stopped into a little restaurant to wait it out. We had a cheese plate, bruschetta, bellini and wine. Delicious!

When the rain finally stopped, we walked and explored more, and headed back to the hostel.

I loved Venice a lot more than I expected to! It's absolutely gorgeous - much more than my pictures show. I would only recommend one day there, though.

Day 1: Travel
Day 2: Dublin, Ireland
Day 3: Dublin, Ireland
Day 4: Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland


Lynnette said...

looks like fun! and so pretty

Newlywed Next Door said...

I definitely recognize these locations! Sorry it rained on you so bad! I love Venice.