Oh! I totally can't sleep last night, our hotel room was on 1st floor, requested for a change for a higher level but they only able to change for us the next day. The noises from the staff working at the ground floor causing my sleepless nite.
Woke and ready for my walk around 7.30 a.m. and went for a walk around the park next to the hotel. Unfortunately due to the morning dew and can't walk further into the park as my shoes were totally wet. So took another path to walk and this lead to the train station. The posh detached houses dotted on both sides of the road. It took about 20 to 25 minutes to reach the train station. A little town centre next to the station. Some small shops open for business but I didn't have much times go around for shopping around.
Reached the hotel in time for my breakfast as they finished at 10.00 a.m. and we went to a small newagent shop next to the hotel to purchase our bus ticket. The bus and ferry ticket for 3 days cost $35.00 euro per person. The bus stop next to the hotel and there is a direct bus to Venice. It took us half an hour to reach Venice. To see Venice at the best is to get lost in Venice. So we wandering aimlessly through its streets and alleys for 3 hours.
After our aimlessly walk then we saw a church so we went to get a chorus ticket for the family at $20.00 euro for a day and this ticket can visit all the 16 churches in Venice in one day. Most of the churches here were not allow to take photos inside of the churches. The churches worth a visit as most of them have ancient paintings on the ceilings or walls with rare mosaics or tiles.
We took our lunch at the square but it was expensive and very lousy cooked food so avoid the restaurants where they have tables and chairs displayed outside the restaurants as they charge and add 2 or 3 different services charges to the bill. After our lunch and it was raining non stop for the day, we stopped at a 4 stars hotel and ask for direction to Saint Mark Square. The receptionist was very helpful and wrote down what ferry to take to reach there. We were also given a proper map with the St. Mark's Basilica outlined out for us.
It took us 25 minutes walk to St. Mark's Basilica but there was a long queue so we went to the Campanile first. Campanile also known as bell tower and to go to the top of the tower the entrance fee is $8.00 euro. We took the short elevator ride to the top of Campanile and the views were so beautiful. We can see the close up look of the big bells and the roof tops of the houses in the city. Unlucky for us, it was raining heavily and with strong wind that a person can hardly stand still. My daughter and husband had given up of staying up there to enjoy the views.
We went to queue at St. Mark's Basilica even with heavy rain but the tourists' spirits were great and all happily queuing in the rain to view this grand church. We did not visit the museum next to this church and the entry fee is $5.00 euro.
After visited the St. Mark Basilica we decided to call it a day as it was still raining and we went back to our hotel to rest for a while and then we went out for our dinner at the same restaurant as the night before. We have a wonderful day even it was raining non-stop.
Place: Campanile and St Mark's Basilica
Photos by: Robert Suen and Catherine Suen
Scored: 8 stars