A Magical and Mystical City - Venice

All the way to Venice, the landscape's very flat with wet lands and marshes. Finally, the long causeway across the Venetian Lagoon leads to probably one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice. Before visiting the World heritage city and its many landmarks, we needed to set camp at Camping Jolly, an ACSI discounted campsite in Marghera, on the edge of Venice. It was the only campsite opened (we stayed there on 11 & 12 November) - most campsites in Italy shut from October until March for the season.

The marshes along the road to Venice.

The causeway to Venice across the Venetian Lagoon.

After a couple of hours - time to fill up our water tank, plug in the van and all our equipments which needed charging and a bit of tidying - we were ready to discover Venice, its many narrow streets, bridges and canals. We cycled it all the way there and back - there's no cycling lanes and we had to cycle on a main highway too - it was a bit scary at times, especially on the way back when the curb disappeared at the end of the causeway and our only option was to walk through the gutters / debris and even rats alongside the main road. A good thing Jamie didn't tell me he had heard and seen some rodents as I probably would have freaked out! 

The cycle ride was worth it though!  I still can't believe we went there - like probably a lot of you reading this, since I was little I'd heard and learnt about Venice. I have to look at the pictures and pinch myself. Enough said now, just have a look at the pictures below:

An amazing shop idea - the "Reading Room".

One of the many canals.

I just had to take a picture - a tableau of colours.

As we'd set off quite late for our ride, we just walked around through the many alleyways and bridges discovering Venice by night. We grabbed a cheap and delicious pizza slice to go along the way from one of the many stalls and had time for "una birra e un bicchiere di vino rosso" ("a beer and a glass of red wine"). The day after we were ready to see more and visit some of the famous places such as St Mark's square. This time, we traded our bikes for the local bus!

"La Piazza" as would call it the locals. Piazza San Marco - St Mark's Square.

The Basilica Di San Marco. A shame that the front of the building was being restored!

But what a view inside the Basilica...

Looking back at the entrance of the Basilica.

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) can be seen on the left hand side.

The Palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. It became a museum in 1923.

The island of San Giorgio Maggiore and its church can be seen in the background (left hand side).

One of the most famous bridges in the world? Ponte Dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).

The Contini Gallery had interesting windows...

Alfred Hitchcock portrait by Enzo Fiore. Unfortunately the gallery was shut to look at it up close.

One of the many gondolas we enjoyed looking at...

At a cost of 80 euros per person for a 45mins ride, we didn't think it was worth it!

The Grand Canal.

The colourful fruit and veg stall/boat!