Saturday, November 3, 2018

PPF in Europe 2018 - Part Ten: Angels in Venice

19 October 2018
10:47 p.m.
Venice AirBnB (near Arsenale)

Basilica di San Marco at dusk

We started the day in Prague and are about to end it here in Venice. The original plan was a trip to Iceland, but when it became clear that that wasn't going to happen, Venice became the substitute city. I can't say I'm disappointed. I've been here once before, but it was a quickie--a day trip from Milan about eight years ago. I remember loving Venice despite the short hours I spent here, so I didn't mind coming back.

I think that's our vaporetto coming

It was a 45-minute vaporetto ride from the airport to Arsenale, which was the nearest stop to our apartment

View of Venice from our AirBnB's terrace

Piazza San Marco all lit up

We were in for quite a shock when we got here--15 euros for the vaporetto that would take us from the airport to the nearest stop to our AirBnB, nine euros for the city tax and 20 euros each for the cleaning fee. I don't remember the city being this expensive (although I barely did anything the first time I was here besides eat pizza and get lost wandering around the endless streets and alleys).

But God must have heard our cries for help because he sent us angels in the form of Ate Tess and Kuya David, longtime residents of the city who very kindly took us in and fed us sinigang and adobo as soon as we deposited our luggage at our apartment. They even said they were going to take us on a tour of the Basilica di San Marco and the Campanile tomorrow. I guess this incredibly expensive city is turning out to be worth every euro.

Here we all are with Ate Tess and Kuya David in front of, well, you know where

Check out my funky bed!

Next: New Memories in an Old City

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