Our arrival in Venice
This is as far as our taxi could take us. From here, it was walking. They gave us a very small scale map and I thought I knew where we were going. But that canal behind us isn't the Grand Canal, it's a side canal! Investigating the taxi rank / bus / tram station, we saw the trees had lights in them
After getting lost going down the wrong canals and passing our previous visit's Hotel Papdopoli, we found our Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal.
A quick look round then we went in, dropped off our suitcases and enquiries about food. The receptionist pointed us in the direction of a Trattoria, but it was closed and the only place we found open was Burger King!! Luckily Burger King is featured in the WW app, so we had wraps. Christine had Chicken, no fries and I had Beef with fries.
The route to St. Mark's Square was down narrow alleys, over bridges on small canals. Down one narrow alley, we found a shop selling gloves. Christine had left hers T home and was very happy to buy these for 6€
We also passed through a large Square with and Ice Rink!
There were also some stalls, which looked like they were left over from a Christmas Market!
We arrived at St. Mark's Square just befor lunchtime. This is St. Mark's Basilica, a marvellous piece of architecture. Before finding a café for coffee and Earl Grey to emulate Mam and Dad's visit to St. Mark's Square, I took some more photos of the Square. Later, we went for a walk inside but no cameras were allowed.
I tried several attempts at getting a good Panorama of the square and this is the best I could produce. Its created in the Blackberry Priv phone camera!
From here we walked round the palisades and looked in all the shops, before walking down to the gondolas and water taxis on the Grand Canal just near St. Mark's Square.
Amongst the shops we found round the square and down towards the Grand Canal was this Calligraphy shop with quill style pens with nibs to dip in the red and blue ink supplied.
There was also this wonderful glass ball shop selling balls similar to those Sue Gemmell in Chilliwack, Vancouver makes. I've sent her this picture by email.
We loved this Fabergé shop, with real Fabergé eggs
After getting shot of St. Theodore slaying a crocodile (?!), we set off to walk back to the hotel.
A posh watch shop had this Ferrari watch, though my personal preference is for a huge square Diesel watch that looks like a TV on your wrist!
Further on, we spotted our second lot of washing out over the street, just to show Venice is really lived in!
Once back in the hotel, we changed to go out to Ristorante Da Nino, which we found while out walking after the St. Mark's marathon. Christine had Spaghetti Carbonara followed by Fruit Salad.
I had Spaghetti Bolognese followed by Gelato.
All delicious. A member of staff took our picture, one of the very few of both os us. Then we retired to the hotel and bed.
Then it was out onto the main canal for a short trip to the Gondola pier near our Hotel. Here our Gondolier of 22 years experience posed for a photo taken by one of the other Gondoliers, showing his big smile and stripy jumper.
We were both very pleased with my extra birthday present, which we'll never forget.
A Day to Explore
The next morning, our last full day in Venice, we decided to do some exploring, so started by finding the Hotel Papadopoli we stayed at on our fit visit, passing the cafe where we watched the birds over coffee.
This was much easier in the daylight than when we found it accidentally on our arrival here.
Then over to the taxi rank / bus station so we could see the best way to drag our suitcases tomorrow afternoon. There is also this tram which commutes between Mestre, outside Venice and here into the Piazza Roma.
After passing the Ferruvia (translation: Iron Way?), through its marvellous shopping arcade and past the two Ristorantes we'd visited, we crossed the Guglie bridge over aside canal and found a smaller shopping are which included the Goppion Cafe, where Christie had her last Cappuccino in Venice...
...and I had my last Earl Grey.
We shared a muffin too, with Christine having the bottom part while I had the top sugary part.
We then walked back to our Hotel, but it was too early yet so we again walked towards the taxi rank / bus station and bought the bracelet Christine had picked earlier for Melissa.
Then through a garden decorated with posters advertising Chris Moss in hr Act D.J. guise (secret identity!).
We'd seen this picture on the side of a monastery before and it has a collection box underneath.
Walking over a smaller bridge over this side canal, we came upon these love locks which we'd seen in a few places in England, including Liverpool most recently
After our second walk out, we came back to get changed and walked through the extended reception / guest lounge, with these lovely lights.
After getting changed, we walked over the Scalzi Bridge, very close to the hotel, which gave us a lovely view at night.
Then on to the other of the two Ristorante we'd investigated before. This one had given us a free drinks token!
We had our last evening meal at the Ristorante Al Brindisi, next door to Da Niño. Christine had Seafood Risotto, which included Mussels, Shrimps and Clams.
I had Veal Steak, which was actually two, with chips and salad,...
...followed by a Black Forest Sundae (Christine had a little bit at the end).
A lovely meal, thought it was cold near the window.
Travel Home Day
Venice Marco Polo Departures was a work in progress! After checking in, you had to exit here and go up an escalator on the left to get to Departures.
Once up there we had plenty of time so stopped to have Earl Grey Tea and Cappuccino
Christine had some fruit salad while I had a chocolate muffin, having stayed away from chocolate all holiday.
Once home to Manchester Airport and with our luggage collected, we took the 'Skyway' to Terminal 2 for the Long Stay Car Park. The Skyway turned out to be several travelators end to end, except they didn't all work! When we got there we had no idea where to pick up the shuttle bus, though with some help we found it eventually.
On the way home, we had some sandwiches from M&S at Wetherby with Costa Cappuccino and Earl Grey. We also bought some M&S Mini Jaffa Cakes, quite yummy.