Floating city. Beautiful!
06.23.2012 - 06.24.2012
Alright, so we take a early morning 8.30 AM train from Florence to Venice. My first impression of Venice, WHAT THE HECK!? There's no cars here, I was not aware of that. Yeah, the only way to get around in Venice is waterways. That's the beauty of this city, a floating city. You open the doors of your house, and there's a canal. It seemed as if the city is crazily flooded. We got a day pass for the waterbus so we could roam around as much we like and started off the tour after getting some tourist information from a rather lousy tourist office.
The first place we went to was the Realto bridge. It's quite a scenic place (but that's every place in Venice), giving views of the busy district of Venice with a lot of shops and restaurants. Small streets connect to this bridge on both the sides, pretty easy to get lost here. A lot of shops selling souvenirs, I am not really sure how all of them survive simultaneously! I guess tourists buy a heck lot of stuff, and Venice has more tourists than residents. Took a lot of pictures here, a few of them came out to be very beautiful. This place was too beautiful to be real!
From here we headed out to the main place in Venice - Piazza St. Marco. There's a square here, around which there's a church, a castle, and a bunch of other stuff. Very scenic place again. We went into the small streets near St. Marco and found a small place to eat a Panini! Quickly enough, we got back and toured around the city for a bit. After that we decided to do a Gondola ride, which is a Venice tradition. Our Gondolier was awesome, typical Italian man that I had expected. he gave us a small insight into the history of the city and gave us some details about the landmarks that came our way. We went inside the city, thru the small canals. It rained a little bit too, which made the ride a lot more amazing!
We took a watertaxi from St. Marco back to Academia, to visit an Art Museum. However, instead of visiting the museum, we decided to have some Italian coffee and after that headed off to the tip of that island to visit a church. We got some awesome pictures from the island tip and just hung out there for a bit. We saw a HUGE cruise pass by, probably going to Greece, Venice-Greece being a very popular cruise line. It was time for the GTL people to head off to Florence then, so we went back to Realto bridge district for them to grab food, while me and Aakash had dinner after they left. Our train was at 9.05 pm from Venice to Munich, where we reached at 6.15 in the morning. After that we had a connection to Naumburg, from where we came to Weimar! It was not a bad train ride, but somehow we were still tired. We freshened up in Weimar, ate lunch (döner kebap ftw!) and I took Aakash to show Erfurt! I got back home at around 7 PM and then just kinda chilled out and slept early to get some required rest! Oh man, that was one happening weekend