18.01.2008 - 18.01.2008
Well today I left Trieste by train for what would have to be the most beautiful city I've seen ever, Venice. Hopping off the train I got on one of the ferries, called a vaporetti, winding through the Grand Canal was a memorable experiece. Watching trademen work and move around in their boats, other ferries ferrying by with the odd gondola carrying tourists. Locals only seem to ride gondola's for important occassions, I dare say as an antiquated tradition.
Stepping off the ferry near San Marco's Piazza I tried to find my hotel. After walking around the narrow labyrinth of streets for close to 30 minutes I asked a local where my hotel was only to find out it was a mere 50 metre's from where I departed the ferry. My location is perfect! Literally 2 minutes to the major sites, what can I say, I lucked out.
Having dropped off my luggage in my room I immediately set out trying to take advantage of every minute available as I'm only here for a day. Unlike the places I've visited thus far, just walking around in the alleys is an experience unto itself, getting lost is a joy in this city. Crossing over the numerous bridges in the canals, walking past boutique fashion shops, glass shops and the numerous ristorante's is a fun way to spend the day. I made my way back at dusk to properly take in San Marco's Piazza and the Doge's (Duke's) Palace.