Our first stop was Venice from December 14 to December 16. We booked a Monarch flight that cost about GBP40 each. The flight took 2.5 hours from Manchester Airport to Marco Polo Venice International Airport. Our accommodation, Ca' dei Fuseri, a B&B that was booked through Hostelworld.com, provided directions on how to get there.
We arrived in the evening and the first time I set my eyes on the heart of Venice, I was in love (cheesy as it may sound). Everything just felt so magical. I read a novel once that was set in Venice, and the way the author described the place made a mark on me. Nevertheless, reality truly trumps fantasy as I walked along its cobbled streets. But first, my friends and I needed to find our accommodation so that we could leave our luggage and explore the city to our heart's content.
It was easier said than done. Despite being equipped with Google Maps, we still found ourselves walking towards a dead end every now and then before we finally found the place. We felt that we were in a treasure hunt as we obtained the keys to the place in "secret locations". One great challenge however is that the B&B did not have any elevators and our rooms were located on the third floor. My fitness was certainly tested as I carried my medium-sized luggage all the way up. The place had a very homey feel to it and during that time, I think my friends and I were the only guests. They also provided free towels for guests. But what really sold us to the place beforehand was its location. The B&B was located within the centre of Venice, and it was just a stone's throw away from the Rialto Bridge, shops, and restaurants.
|We made it!|
|Still all smiles despite our heavy luggage|
|Bedroom 1 (L and G's bedroom)|
|Can never go wrong with chocolate|
|Look at all those flavours|
|Perfect for a masquerade|
|More masks to choose from|
|All that glittery goodness|
More on the next few days coming up...