Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Winter Spirit day 9-10: Venice

Day 9: Rome to Venice via Verona
Today is valentines day and we are headed to Venice, after a stop at Verona. I woke up feeling a little better, but still not great. There were a few tears after breakfast when we had to say goodbye to those who's tour ended in Rome, and then we were on the road to Verona. Lunch at another service stop where I had salad bar, trying to get some vegetables to make myself feel better. At Verona we walked over to the colosseum there, then over to Juliet's balcony. It was very crowded as it was valentines day, and I found the balcony a little underwhelming. The walls were covered in chewing gum. We gave the statue of Juliet's boob a rub (apparently that's a thing) and wrote our names on the wall, before walking to the markets for souvenir shopping, and found some gelato. 
Once in Venice we had dinner and an early night, and I finally got to paint my nails again!

Day 10: Venice!
Our accommodation in Venice wasn't on the island, so to get there we got the people mover. Our group leader took us on a walking tour of the city, crossing many pretty bridges and stopping at a few squares and the impressive Basillica di San Marco.
We finished the tour with a lace presentation, and then a gondola ride where we went onto the grand canal. We found somewhere for lunch, which was quite expensive but good food. We went up the bell tower, which had a lift! The views from the top were spectacular.
 After that we went to the markets on the Rialto bridge to find masks for the masquerade ball. There were plenty of masks stalls and everyone walking around had masks on. We ended up taking the water ferry (Vaporetto) back to the bus, and went back to the camping for dinner. The pizzas were massive and delicious. We had a masquerade party that night which was small because not everyone came, but we had lots of fun anyway.

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