27 March 2015
Caught a flight and arrived in Venice in less than 2 hours! It’s also a place I was looking forward to visit and it had always been on my bucket list as well ever since secondary school, when we studied about Venice sinking soon~ It definitely did not disappoint me at all! So glad that I finally made it here before it sinks! (It better not sink though, because it’s way too beautiful to just sink like that!)
I don’t know how else can I describe Venice except to say that it’s like a painting. And to have always heard about houses being built on water, it’s just not as amazing as when you really witnessed it. I was really like WOW~!!! Wait till you see the pictures with better angles that I took later on when we were strolling around (:
We had a little difficulty finding our Airbnb accomodation because there ain’t really clear road signs around. In fact there aren’t exactly ROADS there, since there are no cars why you need roads right ._. So sometimes you’re just like walking in a maze, not knowing where this corner leads you to~ Well anyway, we managed to find it eventually after asking around and it was actually right in front of us! The houses there don’t really look like houses; look like just back door to a shop that’s why we missed it.
The owner of the house was very helpful and nice! I think I wasn’t aware that our room is actually on the second or third level, and the owner was kinda shocked to see our big luggage too, but he helped us carry them up the flight of stairs eventually. The stairs was damn narrow and each step is so small! Really would have so much difficulty carrying them up ourselves! I think he really wasn’t expecting us with luggage and when we think back, I think we were the only ones carrying such big luggage in the water bus too. I guess Venice is like a JB where the Europeans come for short getaways, so everyone packed light except us =/
I forgot to take a picture of our room but here’s a messy-bed shot taken on our last day~ I think I took this shot to blog about how my naggy brother commented that I should tidy up the bed before returning the room back to them. Zzzzzz. It was just a small room with a bed, a wardrobe and a dressing table by the way.
The only bad thing is that we had to use the shared bathroom, which I didn’t quite like because you can’t lock the door. It’s apparently illegal (according to the owner) to have locks for bathroom because due to the ageing population there, the government do not want to have accidents happening inside the bathrooms…hmmmm. But felt damn uneasy showering each time. Like just wanna get it over and done with.
There is an en-suite bathroom in one of the bigger rooms and we were told on the first day that we could use if there are no guests staying in that room, but I only managed to use it once and somehow the owner’s mother locked up the room ever since then. We suspect that we have offended her in some way which we still couldn’t figure out what. But she just didn’t seem to be very happy with us the next day ._. That’s the problem with communication barrier.
The sun was a bit too harsh for proper shots; I think I took better pictures the next day~ But still, it’s beautiful enough right! Even the sky is quite pretty! 😀 Best of all, the weather was simply perfect in Venice!!! Because there is finally some SUNLIGHT!!!!!!!! Oh I miss it so much!
It has been horrible travelling in the cold for the past few days and I think I am really more suited for summer than winter -.- Well, at least the sun wasn’t so hot that I would sweat. It was just cooling with enough warmth! Makes me love Venice even more! (:
Anyway, Bro and I did think of trying the gondola ride, since it’s quite a unique experience in Venice. But after we checked out the prices, we got scared away. Each ride was around S$100 if I’m not wrong. Maybe it’s more worth it if you have more friends to take it with you, but definitely not worth a ride for 2.
We seldom indulge ourselves in any good food during this trip because it’s a budget trip. Not that we are terribly broke or miserable, but we just wanna save more to travel more. Nevertheless, we kept splurging on ice-creams ever since Venice! I think it wasn’t too expensive also, which is why we were willing to keep buying. How can you resist real Italian gelato anyway?!
We basically walked quite aimlessly in Venice because firstly, it’s not very big so somehow you will manage to walk back eventually. Secondly, like I mentioned, the no road sign thingy hence there’s no point looking at maps. Thirdly, there wasn’t many places of attraction to visit, so we kinda finished all that places that we listed on the first day xD
Oh, there wasn’t any microwave in our room, hence we had to eat out. And there is of course no coffeeshops there as well, so we had to dine in a restaurant no matter what. The cheapest we could find was still around S$8 – S$10 per dish kind, and the taste is really just okayyyy~ That’s why I said I miss my microwaved-food! Cheap and good!
Pampered myself a little with this Aperol Spritz that a friend highly-recommended me to try! Happened to recall it and I managed to find it in the menu too~ It’s apparently a very popular drink there and you can easily find people sipping on it in restaurants while dining. Not as sweet as I had thought; a bit bitter but not bad for a try (:
And this S$8-S$10 tortellini came in such a small portion that even I would complain that it’s not enough, let alone my pig brother -.- But at least it tasted not bad, and I know that my brother would like it. So proud that I know what tortellini is because I edited a pasta video before! Hehe!