06.10.2010 - 10.10.2010
Given the price of trains and ferries, we decided to take a Vueling flight from Barcelona to Venice. After arriving at the airport, we took a bus to Maestre which is a neighbouring city to Venice on the mainland. We had a bit of 'fun' catching a local bus to our accommodation. First, we couldn't buy a ticket from the driver but needed to buy one at a cafe/bar. Second, the bus broke down. Third, the bus stop signage was a bit lacking so we were lucky to get off at the right stop. It took us about an hour to find our accommodation - Villa Crispi, even though it was about 500m from the bus stop. That night, all was forgotten when we were enjoying Italian food including a buffalo mozzarella pizza with porcini mushrooms called 'Corte Sconta'. For the next couple of days we took the local bus into Venice to explore the city and try to find Silver Fox (a.k.a Francesco de Mosto). We had a good time getting lost in the alleyways and coming across interesting finds, beautiful canals, and churches. The best value food wise in Venice is grabbing a foccacia or panini in a bakery and having coffee 'al banco' - at the counter. We went into the Bascilica of San Marco on a platform because the nearby square was flooded. Many old buildings require restoration and look as though they are sinking. We liked the Arsenal of the Venetian Navy and found a part of Venice that was like a ghost town except for a lonely dog and a trio of cats looking on at a flock of pidgeons through a fence. The prices in Venice were out of this world including entrance fees for museums, walking tours and gondolas. That is why we needed Silver Fox to show us around. But alas, he didn't seem to be in town. Venice is an amazing city, which has kept a sense of grandiosity from the old times when it was a powerful naval base and empire of it's own.