We arrived early enough to see the sun rise over the canals and beautiful old buildings. First impressions of Venice were excellent, and that will be hard to beat.
We had to wait until 6am for a cafe to open for breakfast (and toilets), and of course we had our standard espressos and pastries. That’s something I will most definitely miss.
In our wanderings that morning, we stumbled across our second hotel, which made things easier later. Originally we were going to get another night train from Venice to Munich, but it quadrupled in price as I was trying to book it, so we decided to stay and extra night in Venice and just fly. Unfortunately, the hotel we had booked wasn’t available for a third night, hence the change. Luckily, the second one was nice and close to the train station.
Once we were fed, we decided to walk to our first hotel. This was a bit of a mission, taking suitcases over all the little bridges, but there was hardly anyone else around yet. It ended up taking us an hour and a half, because honestly we didn’t know where we were going. We made a friend – a local man came up to us twice to help us with directions! Super nice guy.
We reached our hotel around 7.45, and it wasn’t open, not one of the ones with a 24 hr reception. We waited outside until after 8, when we were let in. Check in didn’t start until 12. The lady there was super nice, she said we could leave our bags there, then changed her mind and said our room was ready! We were very grateful. Showers and rest all around.
We spent the rest of the day exploring and shopping. We were only a 5 minute walk from St Mark’s Basilica, and once we learned the layout, it wasn’t as intimidating and labyrinthian as we expected. Venice is very tourist oriented, probably more so than anywhere else we had been. Most places accept credit cards, you can now pay for your breakfast with a €20 and actually use €50’s. Oh and there are ATMs, which were rather scarce in Rome. The selfie stick sellers are not as prevalent there either, which was great!
We found a cat shop – all cat products. It’s officially my favourite shop, unsurprisingly. I bought a bag and a tshirt – I was very restrained!
We didn’t have anything planned for the day, just the usual exploring and eating, two of my favourite things.