When we first arrived at Venice's train station (soon after leaving Florence on the same day), we were greeted by a pungent smell, akin to the sewage, wafting from the nearby canal. Doesn't make for a very welcoming first impression does it? haha. It was already late evening, but most shops were still open. Hence, on our way to our hostel, while lugging our backpacks/luggages, we stopped by a shop to grab some sandwiches for dinner.
Our hostel was a 20mins' walk away, tucked away in an alley a little off the main pavement beside the main canal. The owners were very friendly people, who spoke very good English and were very helpful in recommending places to visit. Our room was a cozy 3 bedder, with a nearby toilet/bathroom just outside the room, shared by 3 other rooms on this floor.
They say Venice is famed for its network of waterways, and they were right. Canals and bridges were transversing the entire city. The canal outside the train station was impressively large, there was a large canal on our right while we trudged to our hostel and another small one outside our hostel. The pavements were cobble stoned, just like in most other Italian cities we visited.
Enroute to the water taxi stand to Murano
It was a hot, hot day in Murano
The island of Murano, like Venice, comprises an intricate network of waterways and bridges
Our scrumptious lunch ala al frescoe at little restaurant in Murano.
The service was impeccable too, unlike some restaurants in the cities we earlier visited
The lovely window displays at the Murano shops. I'm in love with half the things inside!
The delicate flowers in the flower boxes were made of glass!
Kungfu dragons =)
The fabulous blue sculpture behind us is made of glass
Our only regret was that we didn't manage to visit any of the glass factories there for a tour, because we didn't know if it's permissible in the first place.
View from our ride back
There were several cozy diners along this canal. Pity we haven't got the time to try any of them.
Venice had woven a dreamy cloak of romance on *starry eyed* moi.