Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Good bye Norweigan Spirit, hello Lido

A week and a half ago we were disembarking the Norweigan Spirit for the last time. We had been living on the ship for 12 days, and we had seen some amazing places. So it was sort of sad that we were at the end of our cruise, and knowing that as soon as we hit Venice we were nearing the end of our holiday.

By the way we are now back in NZ, back at work, back at school, back to normal life and routines and packing lunches and cooking meals and washing dishes. Back to reality.

We got off the ship with no hotel booked! We took a water taxi to San Marco hoping to find some wifi so I could get online and find us something.

Every hotel in the main centre that we stopped at was full. The last one we stopped at (admittedly we only stopped at 2) I could have gotten an award for how desperate I came across, and she took pity on me and gave me their wifi password. 15 minutes later I had lined up some accommodation on one of the outer islands. So another short water taxi ride and we were sitting in the sun on the deck of our quite hotel at Lido.

After taking our time to settle in we went for a wander to explore the island. As it was now off season there were hardly anyone here. The streets were so quiet.

The canal is just around the corner from where we were staying. It looks like this dock is now closed for the winter.

We headed over the beach on the other side of the island. The beach really isn't that much to write home about. I am certain us NZers are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches.

We then walked about a km zig zagging along the coast back to where the ferry dropped us off - the "happening" area of the island.

Reminding ourselves we are back in Italy, so pizza for lunch again.

We stopped by the supermarket to grab a few beers and headed back to our hotel to watch the NZ vs SA rugby match. Kickoff was 5pm local time (which I suppose was 5am NZ time). After we saw the ABs beat the South Africans we went to the canal around the corner and had a picnic.

Wine for a euro a litre, fresh warm crusty bread, a wedge of italian cheese, beautiful smokey prosciutto and italian hot chorizo - a perfect assortment for a picnic.


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