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Jenny Sheraton’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 24 Aug 2006

Location: Venice, Italy

MapWe left Austria at 8am to drive to Venice. On the way we went through the Brenner Pass and the Dolemite Mountains. We had our first experience of Italians at a service stop. We then got to Tronchetto for a toilet stop and this was the first time I had to pay to go to the toilet so far this trip 0.50 Euro. It is very hot today. We caught a boat to Venice. We walked through to St Mark's Square and went to a glass blowing demonstration and he created a horse in about 5 mins at Murano Glass Factory. All very expensive stuff!

The I went through the Bascilica San Marco. It is a beautiful church and very old. You have to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to go inside the church. Then I went to do some shopping at Rialto. We went down a lot of alleyways to get to the markets but lots of great chops along the way. I bought a 'bit' of jewellry. We only had a short time in Venice so couldn't do more shopping. I saw the Doges Palace with the Bridge of Sighs leading to the old prison. The square was amazing with people and pigeons everywhere. I then bought a half bottle of italian red wine and drank while having a gondola ride through Venice. Then a short walk to dinner at San Georgios for a 4 course Venitian meal. Started with antipasto meats, then risotto and a very yummy quiche type dish then veal with roast potatoes & salad and of course gelati at the end.

Of course red italian wine was included in the meal. By the way I also at McDonald's in Venice for lunch.

Then back on the boat to Tronchetto and the bus to our hotel at Malino. We checked in at about 11pm just as a storm was coming. Great to hear thunder and rain.

A very good day and night and lots of fun. Half a day is not enough time in Venice.

Tomorrow Rome.