Yes, I was brave! I did it! I found my courage and ignored my feet (the neuropathy issue) and took the Hilton Shuttle (which is a fairly short walk from my apartment) to San Marco Giardinetti. The most daunting part wasn’t getting on as the boatman helps with that but the steep steps down into the cabin. I grabbed the first seat when I got down there. A man asked if he could sit next to me and proceeded to chat the short ride over. He even stood up and blocked the other passengers from rushing me when we got off and he and the boatman helped me onto the dock. Thank you, Leslie, from New Orleans.
So I sat on a bench in the Giardinetti (which is right around the corner from Piazza San Marco).
People often complain that there is no place to sit without buying expensive coffee in the Piazza. All you have to do is walk around the corner.
I was just recovering from the ordeal of getting into and out of the shuttle (scary when you have balance issues to begin with) and that didn’t take long so I headed out to get a boat for my first cruise of the Grand Canal for this trip. I’ve been here over a week for heaven’s sake!
Look closely….love locks and it isn’t even a bridge!
And away we go on the No. 2 where I managed to snag my favorite….an outside seat.
Enjoying the sun.
If you want to experience a brief gondola ride, some of the glamour and none of the romance, take a traghetto across the Grand Canal. It’s only a few Euro and it is customary to stand.
This balcony has a spiral staircase up to it from the ground.
Yes, those are birds flying over the train station.
Tired tourist attempting to avoid sun exposure.
This was a circular route which went along the Giudecca Canal also and my home stop but I wasn’t ready to get off.
To San Zaccaria and a wander away from the tourist hordes. Yes, the sky really is that blue.
This looks like an inviting place for lunch. Note: it did not say “Menu Turistico” on that sign.
I had a large bowl of Minestrone (homemade I was assured) and sometimes a girl just has to have a French Fry….or several.
The soup and fries were delicious. I had a coke as they did not have a small bottle of water and the total bill with coperto (cover charge) was E 20,20. It really was good food. I may go back there.
Back to meandering.
Carnevale has ended but the confetti will be here for a while.
A reminder of someone who awaits my return. Probably not patiently.
Mimosa tree in Campo San Zaccaria next to the church.
And I walked out and caught the No. 2 in the clockwise direction home. Mid afternoon and I had been out for about five hours which under my current circumstances was quite an accomplishment.