We knew that we had to head back to the real world eventually...
18.10.2017 - 18.10.2017 16 °C
Our train ride from Florence to Venice was delayed slightly due to fog, seems to have stuck around since we left the ship. Would have been a real shame if we had been stuck on the ship this whole time...
We got to our hotel on the dry-land side of Venice only to find that the hotel wasn't really close to anything. The only restaurant we could find was the one in the hotel and not that it didn't look like it would be good, neither of us wanted to sit in our hotel room for the rest of the night with nothing to do so we hopped on the bus and headed back to the island portion of Venice to wander around some more and to grab our last dinner of the trip.
Heading from the bus station towards the island was much easier this time since we weren't lugging our suitcases around with us so the high arching bridges didn't seem like a forced workout this time. We picked a destination and started to follow street signs to make our way there almost feeling at home when it was pretty easy to navigate the city this time around. There were a couple of times that Alyssa wanted to pull out her phone to get directions but that was frowned upon - we can get lost on our own and figure out where we're going just as easily. After making our way to the far side of town we were both admittedly getting hungry and a wee bit thirsty so we turned our attention to finding a place to eat.
We were in St. Mark's square and saw some fancy looking restaurant patios set up with bands setting up for the evening's entertainment and thought that it might be nice to sit and have a beer and listen to the music for a while. That all changed when we thought to look at the menu before sitting down - we should have been sitting down to look at it! 26 Euro's for a beer and not even a big beer at that. That would have been $70 Canadian for the two of use to sit down for a beer so we kept on trekking and decided to head back to the area near our first hotel in Venice since prices seemed to be reasonable there.
After walking the twenty minutes to make it to the other side of Venice we settled on a restaurant and enjoyed some good, fresh pasta with some fantastic house wine. As we sat and ate we took note of how calm Venice seemed to be compared to when we were here last. We don't know if it was because there were fewer cruise ships in port or if it was because it was the middle of the week but it was noticeably quieter.
We made our way back to the hotel and packed our bags as tomorrow morning is the start of our last travel day. Pretty sure Alyssa is already trying to figure out where to go next.