Sunday, October 01, 2006
Vegemite in Venice
Arrived in Venice yesterday. Great trip through the Swiss Alps – every where you look is a postcard view. Came into the suburbs outside Venice in peak hour – there was a line of trucks three kilometers long not moving – we crawled past them at 40kph then got lost in a place called Malcontenta after missing the turn…that place is well named as we were temporarily ‘Malcontent in Malcontenta’. We are staying at Camping Fusina, which is a great location on the lagoon outside Venice and is a 20 minute boat trip into the heart of Venice. We overlook Venice and are 50 metres from the water. Big ships (full size container ships) go past our motorhome in the shipping channel nearby – it’s a crazy sight to look out the window and see these enormous ships float by. Before we set off for our walking tour of Venice we had vegemite toast for breakfast and were immediately reminded of home by the taste. We walked the 100 metres from the camp and boarded the boat for a spectacular boat ride into the heart of Venice. Venice is like we imagined but bigger and more fascinating. Tiny little streets, old old buildings, street performers, people begging, McDonalds and Burger King, shops selling Italian leather bags and those spooky Venetian masks, tourists speaking many languages, and gondola operators pushing for business. Pizza for dinner tonight seems to taste better just because we are in Italy. The gelati we ate in Venice was delicious and is a cross between our ice cream and gelati. At the shop today we looked at something that was the color and shape of a packet of Twisties that were called ‘Fonzies’...sure enough they were bland tasting Twisties under a different name. We are are heading about 100 kilometres south of here tomorrow for one night to a place called ‘Camping Tahiti’ that will have a swimming pool that the girls will enjoy. Following that we will be located outside of Rome for 3 days.