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Venice, Italy

ITALY | Sunday, 13 January 2008 | Views [868] | Comments [5]

I said auf wiedersehn to Salzburg and enjoyed a great train ride through the mountains into Italy. Viva Italia! Although coming from the Alps into the flat hinterlands of Venice was like driving through Spearwood and South Fremantle - you know the vegie patch, vineyard and mini Italian palace, hehe. So I must admit I have mixed feelings about Venezia. When I arrived it was blanketed in fog, so all my photos look greyed out. Then I tried to find the hotel on my guide map, and couldn't, so took a water taxi to the other side of the main island, walked 200m, got lost again, and had a local woman walk me there personally, lol.

Now maybe Italians think they're still masters of the universe and can charge 3 times the price for everything, but helloooo, Rome fell over a thousand years ago! haha. But on the brighter side, the sound of seagulls, the smell of fish and the lapping water were nice reminders of home :). The taxi driver gave me a personal history lesson on the ride, and I could walk to the main attractions on my part of the island. The Basilica of St Marco was awesome, and if I had my notes with me, I'd go on and on about the marble, the mosaics, the fantastic temples within the temple and the amazing reneissance paintings by a bunch of famous Italians I've never heard of before. But really, these old bishops thought they were god's gift - why else would they have themselves at the centre of the ceiling masterpieces? I think I've had my fill of religious icons and glorifications to JC and his mum. Those of you who know me know where I'm coming from :)

So I got restless, walked some more, had some lasagne and pizza, got lost in the maze of canals and bridges (of which there over 400), walked some more then sat by the waterside watching the boats float by with the litter. I also found the only green park in the city which was nice. And besides turning the forsehore into a sideshow alley for the kids, there's another menace on the Venetian streets which my constant vigilance allowed me to avoid - and i'm talking about doggy doodoo! Ahh such is life :)

But on my last night there I decided to spoil myself. I couldn't leave Venice without feeling good about the place so I paid up and went to a Vivaldi recital - which was great :). At last a little bit of culture :). An impeccable septet (? seven musicians - 3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 harpsichord) played through two concertos and then the whole Four Seasons by one of Italy's greatest violinists, and to hear it by some of Venice's best was fantastic.

So the next morning, the fog had turned to rain and then into clouds, so despite being able to see a bit further, it was still a grey ol' day. But I caught the ferry back to the train terminal and boarded for Firenze (Florence).

You'll have to wait for my next story on that city!

Ciao!

Tags: Misadventures

Comments

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M8, i know exactly where your comming from and even though i not there, i want you to get out of there too !! But hey, at least you got guided by a female lmao ;)

  Leeroy Jan 13, 2008 12:36 PM

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lol leeroy..lol..leeroy...lol leeroy..lol
MATT...yes..you did what i was hoping you would do..you ate pizza n italy..lol...i had to do the same myself....now you really are a traveller..lol..keep up the posts bro..I look forward to reading about your heroics..dodging doggy doo..lol.. at least ur getting ur exercise..:)

  Chris Jan 13, 2008 2:11 PM

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Hey Matty,
Hope you enjoy florence it's my favourite place. Cheaper and less touristy than venice. Tuscany is really beautiful,try and check out the wonderful parks and gardens, forget the art and churches.
The Golden threads are gigging heaps- check out our myspace if you have the chance. www.myspace.com/thegoldenthreads
we miss you and your wonderful bass stylings mate.
lots of love and luck on your adventures xxPaige

  Paige Jan 14, 2008 4:19 PM

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hey, now matt be careful and go easy with the entries now that you are in italy, right?!! and hold on guys with all these funny jokes about italians and rome falling 3000 years ago and venice being smelly and Jc....and worse still driving from spearwood to hammy hill!!!!
we still are the masters of the universe! Have you heard of Australian shoes, Australian leather, Australian cars, Australian soccer (oooh, sorry that's a sore topic), Australian style, Australian coffee, Australian food, Australian design, Australian painters (apart from Brett Todman, Australian motorbikes, Australian men....... come on now,

  annalisa Jan 15, 2008 12:12 AM

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Ahhhh Vivaldi Four Seasons - how cliched to hear it in Venice!!

  Annie Greig Jan 25, 2008 1:38 PM

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