Italy 2012, continued — final post
Arrivederci means “until we see each other again,” and that finality lingered around us when we woke up early that morning. No high water siren last night, and we wanted one last walk in Venice before braving the airplane trip home later in the day.
It was foggy this morning, too early for the boatloads of tourists. We’ve learned that secret over the years, that the tourists don’t get up much before ten and disappear after dinner, so that you have the run of a town during the night and morning hours.
I think I must have some thirty pictures of this serpent with the umbrella heads; it’s fascinating every time I see it. At night, the umbrellas light up.
Rialto Bridge with vaparetto. The vaparetto has a large number of people on it–I guess working Venice is up and around, just not the shop owners.
Heading into San Marco square. It’s amazing how quickly we could get there with no one out on the streets. We have one tiny wrinkle in the day’s plans: we have to buy a separate ticket for our vaparetto to the airport, as it’s run by a different company. This was discovered last night, too late to do anything about it, so we figure we’ll walk until 9:00 a.m., head over to the ticket agency, rush back to the hotel and hopefully make the right boat to the airport.
Some tourists have arrived, standing on the high water walkways in San Marco square. The fog makes this place seem other-worldly, mysterious.
I looked past the gondolas, to the vaparetto stop, and poked Dave–“Hey! I think I see the ticket agency.” “It won’t be open.” “Let’s try it anyway.” Lo and behold, an outlier: there was one ticket window and it was open and we were able to buy the tickets. Big Relief. Traveling is just so many moving parts.
We walk back up through San Marco.
Hoping it is faster, we jump onto the vaparetto at Accademia, and enjoy one more ride up the canal. The fog is beginning to break, and we look for Dave’s favorite building.
There are several cross-canal routes, done standing up on a traghetto.
We see the “red” building from last night, and a boat appears to be loading giant loud speakers, or some sort of musical equipment.
Now you know as much as I do.
A foggy shot of Dave’s favorite building, with the golden mosaics on the front.
Our stop at Ca’D’Or comes up and we’re off.
It’s named for this building, which used to be ornate, apparently.
From here, we walk to our hotel, eat one more of those perfect breakfasts, gather our things and head towards the Fond. Nuvo stop, where we caught the vaparetto to Burano yesterday. This morning, though, we join a crowd waiting for the airport water bus. Suitcases get thrown (and I mean, thrown) in the front and passengers go down three steps to sit in the belly of the waterbus. We had the usual chaos at the Venice airport (the usual Italian bureaucracy has prevented the airport from expanding, and there are signs posted everywhere to let you know), then a flight to Frankfurt, then to Dulles, Washington, then LAX. We arrive back to our home around 3 a.m., and even though we both were able to snag rows of seats on the Dulles to LAX leg, and sort of stretch out for some sleep, we are tired.
I could put the usual pithy quote about travel in Italy here, but will spare you. We do have the desire to go to Italy again, but next time, we’ll try to avoid All Saints Weekend, rainy weather, bad pillows (the only flaw in the Venice hotel), and remember to always bring the granola bars.