After somewhat of a hot evening on the overnight train from Vienna, we arrived around 8:30 AM at the main train station for Venice – Santa Lucia. We walked from our train car into the station that was brimming with activity, people rushing to their trains so they wouldn’t be late for work, tourists rushing to get on the train to take them to the airport. We too were rushing to get to our next adventure – this time in northern Italy.
From all the advice we were given and had read prior to our trip, it was suggested that we purchase our vaporetto (water ferry) tickets online so we could save some money as well as long having to stand in the long line to purchase them in Venice. We did just that at this site, printed out the confirmation number and was told where we could redeem our tickets once in Venice. I believe we paid about 30 Euros each for unlimited vaporetto rides for 48 hours. As we were walking out of the train station on our way to redeem our tickets, a very nice American couple came up to us and asked if we were just arriving. They very kindly gave us the rest of their 7 day pass indicating that they had over 48 hours left. It was very sweet and giving but we had just purchased our tickets though they were not validated yet. We kindly thanked them, took the tickets and hoped for a refund of our tickets.
We found the station on the canal for the #4 vaporetto which would bring us to the stop for the B&B that Blogger Hubby chose. I REALLY wanted to choose where we were staying in Venice but I needed to let him do some of the planning. After all, how bad could it be? One of the first things that I noticed about Venice, and you may call me an ignorant American, was that it didn’t smell. I had been warned by so many people about how smelly Venice is so I was very pleasantly surprised that it didn’t.
Riding on the vaporetto we enjoyed the breezes that came our way form being out in the open on a boat. That got to be a regular theme for us and we really enjoyed it.
We got off at our stop and after I took a photo of the stop so we could show if we got lost or needed to get back here we began to try to follow the directions we had received. Almost immediately we were lost looking for the first street to turn into. We walked up the sidewalk where we got off the boat and then turned around and found it. The name was on the side of the building that we couldn’t see from the direction we were walking along. We were told to turn left at the first square, bear left then right and after a little bit of backtracking, we finally found the Ca’ Bella B&B. I walked into the main lobby and the decor, to me, was different than what I was expecting. It looked like they had a chandelier with pink and blue pacifers – really, that’s what I thougt. This is their picture of the lobby on their website:
Doesn’t look too bad but now here are my photos from the lobby and yes, I know the lighting is different but so is the furniture, etc:
That was part of the problem with this little place – there was really no place to sit and perhaps meet other travels.. The “little garden” area was just that – we had a little patio table for two for our breakfast. The manager, Krystina, was very nice and helpful though for dinner suggestions we were sent to her friends that owned restaurants.
The first night’s dinner was so bad that Blogger Hubby insisted we only go to restaurants that had pictures of their meals. I was salivating for some fresh bruschetta – you know, the chopped up fresh tomatoes with some basil and olive oil on top of some really good bread. Are you in agreement with me? What I got was tomato paste like substance spread over a thin toasted slice of bread. Absolutely disgusting 😦 He had a fish stew that he didn’t feel was too good either though he ate it all up – after all, he is a charter member of the “Clean Plate Club”. Me, I left the tomato paste bread behind. We also found out that if you sit for dinner, or lunch, there is an extra charge, sometimes about 3 euros per person, that is for the bread, silverware, napkin, etc. Some restaurants that are further away from the touristy areas do not charge it.
As we have found during our entire trip, it was another hot and humid day in Europe. We are finding that we will go out in the morning, have lunch and then go back to our room till it cools down, generally just before dinner. We know that we are missing time in some of these great cities however, the high heat and humidity is not my friend and I tend to get a little (mind you, I said a little) grouchy and whiney and uncomfortable. When we were in Singapore back in 2013 I did have a heat related episode where my skin got bright red, and I couldn’t cool down even with a wet towel around my neck. I’ve been cautious ever since then. We just do what we need to do to stay as comfortable as we can.
Now that we have checked into Ca’ Bella, it was time to go explore Venice.