Venice in a hurry
17.09.2013 - 17.09.2013 27 °C
17th September 2013
Ethan has been very unwell throughout the night and does not want to come with us today. David & I get ready to go and have breakfast and Ethan is fast asleep still when we return. We discuss and think that he is old enough to stay in the hotel room on his own with the 'do not disturb' on the door.
David & I are on the coach and David thinks he can not relax knowing that Ethan is unwell, in case something goes wrong. I tend to agree and I am torn. Venice is the area I have most been looking forward to visiting - so had Ethan. David left the coach and decided to stay with Ethan.
The group take the usual coach ride into Venice Island and then Tiago has arranged water taxis for us. We cruised to a glass blowing demonstration outlet. It was fascinating watching the glass blower making a horse out of a ball of hot glass. He was very talented. Of course we got the tour group special but nothing was in my price range. Vases were AUD $300+. The showroom was magnificent - a ceiling full of glass chandeliers in all colours. Walls and walls of vases , jewellery and drinkware. The glasses and tray set he showed us was AUD $2400, you get the tray for free though!
We caught one big water taxi back to San Marco Square and from there we had free time for the rest of the day. It was already 1030am and I wanted to be across the other side of Venice at 1205pm to catch the hotel shuttle back. I looked in a few shops with Iris and Jessie from the tour. We each bought some necklaces, glass of course. I realised on the map that the bus station seemed a long way so I started walking. I was worried about Ethan and wanted to get back as soon as possible.
Although this trip has had its freedoms like no housework, no cooking, no work; no mobile phones is an interesting one. Today I really could have used one! It took me over an hour to wind through the maze of nooks and crannies from one side of Venice to the other. All the time racing and not being able to stop, with the fear of missing the bus. The next one was at 125pm and I wanted to get back before that. All the gorgeous shops I was passing, I passed over the Rialto - the most famous bridge in Venice. I stopped for less than a minute for some photos but then kept power walking.
It was about half way there that realised I would not make it, but I kept going in case the driver was late? It was worth a shot. A few times in dead end lane ways, dark and unpopulated I had a brief internal moment of panic, but quickly gave my self an attitude adjustment, and kept going. I finally found the bus station but did not realise how big it was and where it was I was supposed to meet the driver. I had not booked the service and was just hoping to grab a lift.
I had missed the 1205 by 10 minutes so I just waited and waited hoping another one would come by. After 40 minutes The Antony Palace shuttle came and dropped some other people off and I asked, and was able to get a lift back with him. What a day!
Ethan was there outside the hotel room, looking a lot better, when I returned. David had been all over the little town we were in looking for antibiotics, but couldn't get any. It was lunchtime now and I hadn't eaten anything since 7am, so David & I headed over to a shopping mall food court a short walk away. We had some lunch and picked up a few essentials from the supermarket. In there we found water for 20cents and beer for 1.50 really cheap compared to on the street. We walked the aisles looking at their unique biscuits, fruits and other strange foods. We choose a few of those and walked back to the hotel.
There was a discount glass item store next tot he hotel so Ethan & I go over and get buy a couple of trinkets to take home. Dinner is always very late in Italy and its 830 before we get to eat. The meal tonight is very ordinary. For a start it is fish which we asked not to have, and the vegetables are canned peas and some soggy looking potato chips. We had a plain tart for dessert, all round a shocker of a meal!
Off to bed to get ready for tomorrow's trip to Switzerland.