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Published: April 7th 2008
Day 12 Tuesday 2 October 2007
Wake up 6am Breakfast 6:45am
We knew we were in for a long travel day today and on a time limit to make our boat. We left Vienna and drove through Austria. We stopped at about 9:30am at a charming village called Kindberg. We had a walnut sort of tart and hot chocolate.
At the last minute we found a quaint shop called “team 7” and brought some ornaments.
This is where I KNEW I wanted to come back to Austria.
Back on the bus and a glorious drive through the amazing Austrian Alps.
I could spend a lot of time exploring. The Dolomites were spectacular. There was snow on the Alps. You could see some of the ski runs and beautiful bubbling brooks. At lunch we stopped at Lake Worthersee. It was so beautiful! I’m expecting more beautiful lakes when we leave Italia. I had a sandwich made up for me. The food was nice. You picked whatever you wanted and paid by the item. We left Austria and crossed over to Italia.
After awhile, the scenery flattened out and we started to see small cottages and vineyards. It
was a long leg of the journey and Gary gave us some basic Italian info.
The driving in Italy was MAD. There were 6 to 8 lanes of traffic all pushing into 2. Italian highways have no speed limits. Cars were WHIZZING by us.
We made it to our boat that left at 4:45pm and journeyed across the Venetian Lagoon. It was glorious. Venice was on our left and crowded with people. The Lido was very charming and our hotel quaint. The room is very tiny and you can hear everyone. Once again.. the complainers were off!
We met in the lobby at 6:30pm and went to a nearby restaurant for a rushed dinner. I had pasta and risotto entrée - which was nice and then we were all given a plate of chicken and lettuce. The others had a mushroom sauce on it. Dessert was like tinned fruit. It was very plain and simple but probably just what we needed. We had to go to our water taxis. About 8 people fit in them and we sped off to Venice proper. It was lovely gliding in at night. They took us straight under the Rialto Bridge. The Grand
Canal was not at all like I expected. I was expecting some kind of Bay, but Venice is long. We went for a short walk through nearby streets and into San Marco Square. We sat at an outdoor café and listened to the band play.
There was one included drink. I had a Bellini. Crushed peach juice and champagne. Rob bought himself some Lemoncillo to try.
I ordered an extra one. The glass cost €9.50 and the coffees were €7 each. Around the corner I was able to buy a whole bottle for €10. We caught a taxi back and arrived at about 11pm.
Tot: 2.036s; Tpl: 0.043s; cc: 6; qc: 46; dbt: 0.0292s; 1; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 4;
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