We took a 4-hour train from Rome to Venice. The Rome train station was pretty chaotic for newbies like us. Planning to take a train from Rome? Here’s a tip: If anybody approaches you without a proper ID or uniform, do not listen to them. Stick to the guides you’ll see on the screens all around the station. If you get really confused, like we did, ask the customer service desk for help. Apparently, we couldn’t find our platform number on the screen because we were there too early. It shows up just minutes before.
We arrived in Venice past noon.
From the train station, we only had to walk a little over 5 minutes to get to our hotel where we were to meet the rest of Jim’s family who flew in from their trip to Prague.
When we all reunited, we agreed to take a gondola ride to the most famous public square in Venice, Piazza San Marco.
Jim initially just wanted to take one of his jumping photos near the pigeons but some guy grabbed his hand and put bird seeds in his palm
Right after we had this fun (apparent in Jim’s face LOL), the guy came up to Jim and demanded for 20 Euros. 20 Euros?! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! For bird seeds we didn’t even ask for!! We said no, and he kept insisting, even calling his friend to scare us into paying. Of course we wanted to stand our ground but these guys looked like they could stab us. Not being a racist or anything but they were acting really aggressive!! We gave 10 Euros and quickly walked away. Beware of scammers.
At least the place was so beautiful, we forgot about the incident soon after.
We ate at Al Chianti and I must say, it’s the best restaurant of our entire Europe trip. It trumps Dar Poeta in Rome. I’ll leave you with photos. Sorry to make you hungry.
Walked off all the carbs by going around the plaza some more
Grabbed some dessert and coffee before heading to bed
The next day we woke up early to catch a water taxi to the Venice port where we’d embark on our cruise!
A quick gelato moment LELZ
And then we arrived at the port. It was my first time aboard a ship and I couldn’t comprehend how HUGE it was!! Our ship was called the MSC Musica.
Because we had been in Europe for a whole week and because we really missed rice, we pigged out in the Japanese restaurant aboard the ship.
It was a perfect first night on my first cruise :)