A lot of adventures, a lot of mishaps, a lot of gelato
After our quick stopover in Verona we made our way to the beautiful city of Venice. It was my third time visiting this beautiful city (You can read about my previous experiences in Venice here and here). Our tour group stayed with a few Topdeck groups at Camping Jolly, just outside the city. The campsite was huge, with a pool, bar, restaurant, and cabins and tents everywhere.
We arrived in the late afternoon and set ourselves up before dinner that night, having a quick dip in the pool and just relaxing. After dinner my friends and I decided that it was finally time to attend to our very neglected laundry pile. Whilst this does not sound like the most fun of activities, it ended up being a very funny and entertaining night.
We took over the laundry room, hijacking every washing machine and dryer, pumped up some music, took some peach vodka shots and started exercising and twerking on the walls.
During our laundry run we also happened to run into a couple on a separate tour that came from the same suburb where we live back home, and went to one of the neighbouring high schools. We also knew mutual people as well. It really is a small world!
The next day we went into the main city of Venice with our group, with Katy giving us a tour of the famous churches and plazas. Our walking tour was very funny, with Katy asking us to drop to the floor every time she yelled ‘Stranger Danger’. This was to prevent other tourists just joining our tour and getting free information. Needless to say they really didn’t feel like sticking with us after our little act, I think most of them thought we were a bunch of weirdos!
The tour ended at a Murano glass place right near the San Marco Piazza, where we saw a demonstration of a man create the beautiful Murano glass. It was so incredible to actually see the vision of the maker come to life.
Murano glass is famous in Venice, originating from the Venetian island of Murano, which is a small island located 1.5 kilometres away from the city of Venice. Murano glass is beautiful, with many different designs and bright colours. There are numerous Murano glass stores in Venice, and the jewellery made of it is very popular in Italy.
Once we left the Murano glass store we headed to a local Lace store, where Venetian ladies gave us a demonstration of how famous Venetian lace is made. We also got a souvenir to keep, a small white doily with a lace background and a hand sewn pink and yellow flower stitched on the front.
After exploring both of these places we attempted to go into St. Mark’s Basilica, however after finally making it to the front of the very long line we were told we would not be able to enter the main part of the Basilica because a mass was being held. We decided instead to give up and head to a nearby restaurant for lunch, testing out our Italian language skills and enjoying more tasty Italian food.
Once we had finished lunch we went down to the canals and rode a Gondola throughout the city. Our gondalier, Marco, was very nice and funny, telling us about his training. He was very popular with everyone we went past, judging by all the waves, handshakes and high fives he got.
After our gondola ride we walked back through the streets of Venice (Note: You WILL get lost, it is inevitable!) to our tour bus to take us back to the campsite. We spent the rest of the very, unbearably hot afternoon in the pool and hitting up the poolside bar.
We then spent the night dancing away in the campsite bar with other Topdeck groups. We were frequently accosted by the man dubbed ‘Spiderman’, a guy from another group whose dance moves can be summed up by the following:
So we had a good night dancing away and laughing at Spiderman (who we ran into the next morning, limping and extremely hungover!).
So ciao ciao for now Venezia, I am sure we will meet again in the future.