Sorry about the lack of videos, we’ve been having a lack of internet in our last few cities…
We left Florence and got to Venice a’OK. No getting lost on the way to the garage, parked our car and headed out for the water bus around 9pm, record driving time of 299kms in 3 hours. Then we got lost…
We ended up wandering the very confusing streets of Venice in and around buildings and over bridges until finally, around midnight we arrived at our hotel doors soaked in sweat and ready to pass out. Unfortunately there was a note on these doors telling us to go back down the street and at a building on the right (another hotel) we could check in, get our keys and then head back to our hotel. Venice is a very confusing place! So we did just that and after unpacking etc. we arrived in our room and passed out! Ziad did have to completely dismantle the air conditioning before it would work but then we had it on full blast all night until we froze. What a nice feeling (and I’m being serious here people).
The next day we woke up just as breakfast ended but the lovely lady who ran the hotel graciously allowed us to have breakfast anyways YUM! Hard boiled eggs, croissants, meat, cheese, yogurt, cereal, COFFEE, orange juice and buns. What a great breakfast!
That day we did a little exploring and a lot of getting lost. Although it was confusing, I have to say I really really enjoyed meandering around the city. We also bought some clothes for me (so I didn’t look so hillbilly amongst the resident Europeans) and we did laundry at a tiny little Laundromat. (Cost us 11 EUROS!)
After a nice snack (although I lost the gelato stand where they had KINDER SUPRISE flavoured gelato) we headed to the Venice Jazz Club where we bought tickets for the show that night. Then we wandered home, getting lost several times along the way, had a quick shower, changed and then hit the road (so to speak…Venice has no roads) and began our return to the club. We realised we were going to be very late so we snuck a ride onto the water bus (saved ourselves 13 Euros in the process) and hopped off, walked super fast and were only half an hour late for the show. After a glass of wine, one bottle sent back (gone bad…a trip first!) and many great jazz tunes later our night was complete. We snuck back home (a la free water bus…) and went to sleep. What an AWESOME day in Venice!!!
The next day didn’t go nearly as smoothly…we were woken up at around 7 AM (after getting home and to sleep after 2AM) by a screaming child. And when I say screaming, picture a 2 year old sitting directly outside your door screaming at the top of their lungs. Not pleasant? Thats not even the half of it, now add a splitting wine headache and make the screaming continue for over an hour DIRECTLY outside your door in a hotel with paper thin walls and intersperse all this noise with two women yelling back. Not pleasant in the least. Definitely NOT a good way to start out your day.
We got up shortly after the screaming was dragged away and had our lovely hotel breakfast again and then we headed out on the road, going to San Marco Square without getting lost en route (another Venice FIRST) where we hopped a water taxi (we paid this time) and got back in our car and headed for Milan.
We have arrived in Milan and are hanging around until we head out to this local bar called “Bar Magenta” thats supposed to be spectacular. Fingers crossed!!