Venice Day 1

Had a real sleep in this morning! I was still dreaming when Eileen woke me at 8.30! Had a shower and we went down to breakfast, which was quite good.

We went back to our room and we did a spot of washing, since we had several nights here. Then we got our stuff for our guided tour of Venice. We left in good time because we didn’t know how we’d go finding it. We did well though and had time to buy water beforehand.

We met our tour guides, who split us up into two groups. Federico from Venice Free Tours was really good. He told us a lot of history and made it all very interesting. Naturally, I couldn’t resist taking some photos with all this beauty before me…

Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy

We had a 20 minute break during the tour, for people to go to the toilet or buy water (neither of which we did) so I took the opportunity….for photos, and then more when the tour resumed…

Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy

He gave us some tips on what to look out for and what to see and what to eat/drink while in Venice. The tour went for over 3 hours in the end. It was a free tour but we both gave him some money for it, as did most of the others, I think.

After the tour, we planned to have lunch, but most of the lunch places we saw were really touristy. By the time we needed to be at our gondola ride, we’d given up on lunch and we ended up skipping it altogether.

The gondola ride was short but nice. We had some lovely views. We were on a boat with a family of four but we basically ignored each other.

Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy
Views around Venice – Gondola ride, Italy

After this we headed back to the hotel and prepared for dinner… Well, we decided to start with dessert and went to a local gelato bar for some fantastic ice cream. It was so good!

Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy
Views around Venice, Italy

We wandered around a bit looking for dinner and finally settled on a Ristorante near the hotel. We ordered wine and pasta. Both were fine. Eileen loved hers but I didn’t like mine so much. Still, I tried something different and supposedly local.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel to rest up a bit and then went back out to get some night photos out around the Accademia bridge where we were told we’d get good sunset shots. We obviously left it a bit late….

Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night
Venice by night

After we wandered around a bit for photos and then got ourselves a bottle of water and a bottle of wine, we settled in for the night. If course it was after 10 by then…

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