Venice

Today we woke up early and had breakfast at the hotel.  Breakfast consisted of croissants, juice, coffee, some dried toast with jam and a strange cereal that looked like little dried twigs and tasted a bit like cardboard.  Many of the Russians commented that there wasn’t any meat for breakfast.  Apparently that’s important for them.  I was quite satisfied though with what was offered as I’m not a big eater early in the morning.  I later found out from reading a blog about Italy that Italians don’t really eat big breakfasts anyway.  So maybe that explains the small portions.

After breakfast we went by bus to Venice, also known as floating paradise and one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  We had an almost full day there and I loved every minute of it.  I was surprised to find out that Venice is the most expensive city in Italy, even more expensive than Rome.  I don’t know if prices are raised because of tourists or if it has something to do with the fact that it’s made up of islands and everything has to be brought to them without the use of cars or trucks.

The Bags Sold By Street Vendors Are Not OriginalNeedless to say there were a lot of people.  At some points you could hardly walk there were so many tourists.  Granted we stayed mainly in the most popular tourist destinations but I was still taken aback by that.  I can’t imagine how crowded it will be during the summer.  It was also interesting that purchasing fake designer goods was highly discouraged.  There were signs along the street in both English and Italian warning against it.  I knew it was illegal to sell them but I never knew you could be arrested and have to pay a fine or even be put in jail for purchasing them.

The other interesting yet strange thing was that there weren’t any cars because there weren’t any roads.  There were boats acting as taxis and I later learned that there was a water bus as well.  These factors combined to make Venice an incredibly unique place.  I think the only negative thing was that in places the water could be very dirty and had a lot of rubbish floating in it.  While it didn’t detract from the beauty of the city, it was sad to see that such a beautiful place was full of such litter, not to mention the possibility of harming the rest of the environment.

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