09.06.2015 - 09.06.2015
Breakfast was provided in our accommodation. It was in an elegant dining area – but we noticed some people who had seats for breakfast overlooking Campo Santa Maria Formosa – we envied the outlook they enjoyed! However the breakfast was very nice and very filling. I enjoyed the coffee (I don’t know About Andrew) – I had three cups!
We then packed up and vacated the room leaving our suitcases at reception. Andrew and Bill wanted to shop – so we all went our separate ways. I just had one thing to get – so I went and got my purchase and then walked around Venice. The walk was totally enjoyable – there is just so much to see. I walked along the large canal (which is really the sea front) for about 2 or 3 kilometres and then returned and walked through various laneways. I even did some window shopping, bought an ice-cream and watched the theatre of the gondolas. Watching them is very entertaining. I think I could spend a few days doing this in Venice – it is very relaxing! Andrew and Bill did quite a bit of shopping.
We met up at lunch time at the bell tower in St Mark’s Square and then went for lunch in a restaurant in a narrow laneway. It was funny watching the tour groups go past. They are led by their tour leader who holds up a stick with a coloured ribbon (or some other unique identifier) – they all follow behind single file, due to the narrowness of the laneway. As they walk past they all invariably turn their heads to look into the cafes etc. It is almost like they are playing follow the leader!
It was time to leave Venice. We picked up our luggage and then went to get the ferry to the Marco Polo airport. We had to walk about 1 ½ kilometres and then we had trouble finding the ferry. But it all worked out in the end. The ferry takes you right to the airport but you still have a bit of a walk to get to the terminal. It is a very busy airport – no doubt due to all the tourists.
We left at just at about 6.30pm and arrived in Gatwick, London at about 7.30pm (there is an hour difference between Venice and London).
Bill got our train tickets after we got out of the airport. He found the automatic machines very confusing. It is the same in most places; unless you are familiar with the system at a particular place it is confusing. He then decided to join a long line to buy the tickets manually. While he was waiting a woman jumped the queue and went to a ticket officer. The officer said to her “Madam you did not join the queue, please go back and join the queue”. She begged him to sell her a ticket as she had to be somewhere at a certain time. He very firmly and politely refused. I thought good on him – there are so many people who think they have a more urgent need than anyone else and think that they are entitled to jump the queue.
We caught the train, but had to leave the train after it had finished half its journey, as the train did not have a guard. We caught the next train which stopped at just about every station and so was very slow. After we got to London Bridge we had to get the tube to our B & B. The tube was very efficient – no waiting at all. So, the plane landed at about 7.30pm but we did not get to the B & B until 10.00pm. This is often the problem with air travel – it takes so long to get to and from the airport. In our case the flight was 2 hours but the travel time in London from the airport to the B & B was 2 ½ hours.