Venice – why did I leave it so long?

Posted on March 3, 2017

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venice-3My son and I took the decision to have a Mum and son break every year.  Just our two selves, visiting somewhere of his choice, without the Xbox and without the laptop.  Our last adventure was to Venice, he’d seen it on a James Bond movie and thought it looked ideal (although I was not sure I would be able to provide any of the high speed chases he may have been hoping for)

Venice was a complete unknown, I had no idea where to stay, how to get from the airport, what to see or how to travel around, but that’s never stopped us before, so we booked a couple of nights and chose to stay on the Lido.  We also chose to sort out our transfers and any other transport arrangements on arrival, it’s all part of the adventure.

We had a little treat from our friends at Birmingham Airport, who invited us into their VIP lounge before we flew, which was a perfect start for a 14 year old.  We arrived in Venice without hitch and found our way to the ferry dock, hopped on a ferry and were in the Lido in great time; our hotel was a short walk from the ferry terminal, and the hotel staff were quick to give us information about day passes for public transport to get to and from the Lido and around the canals of Venice.

Off we set.  We explored, we soaked up the atmosphere and we loved every minute, even spending a (huge) chunk of our cash on drinks in St Mark’s Square – it had to be done.  We hopped on and off of the water bus, and found lovely nooks, crannies and delicious ice cream – when we had explored enough we returned to the Lido and had a lovely dinner in one of the cafes on the main street, at a fraction of the price charged in Venice centre.

The second day involved more exploring, and more use of our daily travel pass – travelling the length of the Grand Canal and then walking back along the canal side. The second (very) large chunk of cash went on a Gondola ride, which was perfect, and we were both so glad we did it, I would thoroughly recommend it despite the hefty cost.

We returned to the Lido on that afternoon, and hired bikes to explore more of the Lido and have a little paddle at the beach. Dinner again, was in a restaurant on the main street and then, as the sun set, we hopped on the river bus and travelled the length of the Grand Canal, there and back, enjoying an ‘evening cruise’, and the lights, sounds and atmosphere of Venice by night.

What a place, by day and by night, so much to see, enjoy and discover – we walked, we saw sights, we found points of interest, we ate ice cream and pizza, and I know I fell in love with Venice and kept asking myself why I had left it so long before I visited. I shall definitely return.

The next morning, we were back on the ferry, at the airport and despite the different forms of transport, it has to be the easiest and quickest airport transfer I have ever experienced.

Neither of us can wait to go back!

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