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Report 1924: Another Attempt at La Dolce Vita!

By Podie from Florida, Spring 2011

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Page 11 of 13: Our Last Two Nights - in Venice

photo by Celeste Rubanick

Unused Gondolas by the Best Western

After a laid-back, relaxed weekend with the kids in Cordenons, it was time to go to Venice for our last two nights. They dropped us off at the train station in Pordenone and we bought our tickets to Venice. This time we splurged on first class tickets to better accommodate our luggage. Since the train was full, this was a good plan. They still cost less than nine euros each.

We arrived and walked the very short distance to our favorite hotel near the train station, Locanda di Orsaria. They welcomed us back, reminded us of breakfast times, and we brought our luggage to our second floor room with a tiny balcony. It was comfortable as expected.

Since we were hungry, we started looking for a place to eat. When we passed a place where everyone outside was speaking Italian, we turned around and went in. Two seconds later it started pouring, so it was great timing!

La Pontina was a great find. No English was spoken but we had no trouble communicating and my stomach was feeling better. I had a big salad and Rich had penne alla amatriciana. He drank beer but I wasn't ready for alcohol yet and stuck to water. When we left, the weather was better but still threatening, so we took a little siesta.

We emerged to much better weather and headed over the Rialto Bridge and to San Marco, where we had our obligatory coffees at the Florian while we watched the pigeons interact with the people. Although no one is allowed to sell pigeon food anymore, the pigeons still pose on people who hold their arms out and are patient. I wonder why?

The surcharge for the live music at the Florian brought our two coffees to 31, but it was money well spent as we enjoyed the music and the people watching and it's just part of every visit we make to Venice.

It was a beautiful evening with a crescent moon and we actually needed jackets for the first time on our trip. We walked along the water and as it got dark we suddenly realized we were just about the only tourists out there. It was wonderful.

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