27.06.2011 - 02.08.2011 27 °C
Lennie: Venice - beautiful but expensive. Venice was instantly peaceful as there were no sounds from cars, bikes or horns, just the relaxing sound of sloshing water and a few boats. As the canals are the roads of venice you saw boats in the forms of ambulances, police, buses and taxis, which was really cool and different. When we got to Venice we found that on our second day there there was to be a transport strike which meant only a few boats were working here and there. At first it seemed that that would really suck but it allowed us to see more of Venice as we had to walk around the city instead of getting the boat busses. One of the main attractions in Venice was the "Piazza San Marco" with its large Cathedral. We went inside and saw that the ceiling was made of gold which was different, but over the top. I found Venice to be one of the best places i've been to, especially at sunset. Another thing which was good in Venice was the range of masks sold in all the Venetian markets and shops. Ranging from jewled ones to animals and the more classic masks for masquerade balls. I really enjoyed the boat rides back to the hostel late at night, seeing Venice all lit up. Venice is a must to return to in the coming years, a romantic weekend would be nice.
Lauren: So yesterday we decided to take a trip to Verona, mainly because I wanted to see Julliets house. It was a horrible day, raining and windy and we'd left the hostel at half 8 which made it even worse. However, the minute we arrived in Verona the rain ceased and the sun came out and we got to admire the beauty of it. After spending a day in Venice where the streets were cramped the day before it was lovely to be in a place with wide roads and paths and tree's all around. We headed straight to "Casa Di Guillietta" and was rather taken aback by the writing all over the walls. It was a small tunnel leading into the house and people had written their names in hearts in every colour imaginable on it. There were also letters to Juliet stuck to the walls and on the tree's in the courtyard of the house. We left a little note with our names on on a tree under the famous balcony. Lennie stroked the boob of the statue of Juliet which is meant to make you lucky in love and we went up to Julliets balcony. It had a little museum in it which was quite interesting but really I just wanted a photo taken on Juliets balcony. We chose not to visit Romeos house and headed instead to climb the towns bell tower and we got a lovely view over Verona. We strolled around the shops and markets of Verona and along the river and headed back to the train station. Once back in Venice we got a takeaway pizza for the third night in a row which, I think is the nicest pizza we've the whole trip and it was cheaper than McDonalds.
So we arrived in Florence this afternoon, for the next two nights. As we have been travelling all day we hadn't spent much so got to have a nice meal and yummy gelato, which in Lennies words was "very flavoursome". We'll update again soon, hope everyone at home is ok, lots of love from us both.