20.10.2011 - 22.10.2011 14 °C
A lot of walking done today in Venice. You don't really need a map. Just follow the crowd or the signs. A great way to see the little streets and the many little stores selling all sorts. As we are leaving Italy tomorrow for London we only wanted enough euros left to get us by so no water bus for us. Eating very cheaply for lunch at a little pizza shop with a delicious crispy slice for 2.50€ and of course afternoon tea of gelato, 3 flavours for 3.00€. No it wasn't all about the food. Lisa you were absolutely right about the masks here. I love them!! We visited a store where they have classes in how to make them from paper mache then decorate them. They sell handmade masks and will even model them for you, complete with cape and pose for the camera. If in Venice go see them at La Commedia.
Finding a public toilet has proved difficult in the whole of Italy and advice given was to ask at a restaurant or similar for a WC and because there are not many or any public ones they would not refuse us. Advice proved wrong today when we went to the pub opposite Trattorio Pizzerria Mamo where we were told "no toilet" and told to use public WC. We had been intending to buy a drink each at least but instead went looking for the public WC and spent 1.50€ (the most we've had to pay and more than the bus fare to the Venice) to drain the liquid. Dinner was again a very reasonable price at what is possibly Italian fast food. We sat in the restaurant and had 2 different dishes for 6.90€. No taxes, no seating cost and the food was lovely. Watching it being prepared a treat as well. From the train station (Ferrovia) wander down the street and find Brek if you're hungry and want to sit somewhere warm to eat for a very good price.
Off to Verona to catch a plane to London tomorrow.