Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Venice - A Day In Venice (Italy)

Venice! Never did I think I will make it this far to Venice. All the while, Venice only existed for me in TV and of course, in the visual world, Venice is forever sensationalized as the must do, must see and must experience. Easier of course said than done, for those in Europe, I am not saying that Venice is like a dash across, but definitely so much more convenient for popping over compared to us Malaysians. We need aplenty money because there is not a fine line, there is actually a thick broadest line between Euro to our RM. We definitely need money. Flight ticket already can rip us apart, furthermore, lodging, sightseeing and if at all we shop, our budget for travelling to Venice can rocket to the sky. Utterly not cheap. So, I must thank and be grateful to my lucky other half-half and his hard earned money for this “A Day In Venice”.

Our day started right in the morning once we departed from the hotel  (Florence & Rome) for hopping into the boat, prior to water journeying into Venice while passing by the big huge cruise ships and some of the iconic structures and buildings. Lovely start, but it wasn’t like we could immediately get down once we got in. Oh-god-lord! Massive. Human traffic on this Sunday. 10 minutes of wait before the green light came, another wait before being signaled for us to start walking. Our guide led in front, he also forewarned us not to lose sight of him. Otherwise, we may end up breaking away from our tour group. 
We obediently followed, we walked for the next 20 minutes prior to meeting our local guide right at heart of Piazza San Marco. Guide, I am assuming he must be in his 70’s, briefed us on the significance and what to except in Piazza San Marco. Unsure I am if we understood what he was saying because not only his voice tremored, his Italian accent was so strong. Nevertheless, after the first 10 minutes or so, we gathered that Piazza San Marco, bundled with centuries of history, is the location for important government buildings and others facilities central in Venice. Point noted. Guide left, we subsequently took it upon us for leisurely walking around, at the same for viewing St Mark's Church, Campanile Bell Tower, Doge Palace, shops, stalls and cafes. While at it, one of our tour buddies started feeding the pigeons. Came charging this big size officer who rudely shouted in Italian language. We were lost. We didn’t know what was going on. Thank god our guide quickly intercepted by telling us that pigeons are no longer allowed to be fed. Fine, but that does not mean the officer had to be so rude? Bloody nonsense. Treating tourists like us, as though we are dirt and expecting us to know what’s latest in Venice? 

Anyway, we were not like really shocked. For the last three days we have been in Italy, we felt that Italians are not friendly people. Service with a sour dough face was a norm, we even realize that some staff were like throwing plates on the pretext of serving us and you better not ask for anything extra. Just shut your mouth, eat what you are served and leave. Some sort of skin biases or what? Whatever. Our tour in Venice continued at Murano Glass Center where we sat through a mini demonstration on how glass is blown and shaped as many different things. Animals, ornaments, decorations and jewelries. I bought two pendants for remembrance and after getting down from the first floor Murano retail outlet, we walked to the restaurant. Nothing I want to even mention because Italian food and I are not even distant cousins. I still ate though. I didn’t have a choice.

An hour of lunch, next was the moment everyone was like nail and teeth biting waiting for.  Shopping! Malaysian Chinese of course are all rowdy unruly over Luis Vuitton, whereas I preferred Gucci and Prada. Not cheap but definitely worth compared to paying more fortune in Malaysia. Almost 3 hours for shopping, the other much awaited for highlight was next in line. The world known and everyone want to or everyone badly want to do it “Venice Gondola Ride”. But I didn’t like the fact that we were hurriedly and literally pushed rushed into gondola/boat. It did get to me, I couldn’t understand what’s with rushing and hurrying? We have booked, paid and time have already been agreed upon?  What? Another black mark for Italian tourism? Perhaps. Nevertheless, I must wholeheartedly agree that Venice Gondola Ride is fantastic. Honestly. Amazing.
Being water maneuvered so close to the buildings, colorful houses, going under Bridge of Sighs, different types of ravishing gondolas going up and down simultaneously and everything else that opened up during this water world of Venice. Happening. Though sun literally ripped our skin apart. Hot! 

Less than an hour, ride was over, an hour more in Venice and by 5.00pm, Venice was over and done for us. Hopefully, keeping my fingers crossed, I can return to Venice before it starts disappearing or sinking, as I have been already told, in the near future. Hopefully too, god will throw money down so that I can furthermore explore Venice.  
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  1. I'm salivating not by your food, but the bags this time.......... I've a weakness for bags!

  2. Amazing city! I went to this venice last year!

  3. Such a beautiful city...loved the shots of the churches, and of course, the bags!!

  4. Venice is such a beautiful city
    Keep in touch,

  5. I Love Venice.. Went to Venice 5 years back.. Nice photos.. We went to Murano Island also..

  6. Oh my god .Venice .. a dream place i want to visit.Gandola is boat ride over there . i am happy i guessed it right :)

  7. Wow! glad to see Venice through ur eyes Nava.

  8. Beautiful clicks... Loved the bags.. Looking forward for your next post Nava.. Have fun.. Hugsxx

  9. Oh mine dream place of all times....just cannot imagine how gorgeous that beauty is from street to street...have fun nava

  10. Thanks for the virtual tour. Enjoyed the pics...

  11. One of my list places to go before died...
    btw, my sister got robbed by a bunch of punk while visiting Venice.....


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