by Mike Aux-Tinee
With one day in the books and some much-needed R&R the night before, our second day in Venice was to be all about being a tourist. On the agenda for the day included St. Mark’s Square, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and Museo Correr (Correr Museum).
This sounds like a lot of walking around Venice and it was. The good thing, both the Doge’s Palace and the Correr Museum are a short walk from each other across St. Mark’s Square.
We decided to hit these three places in the morning, before things became too crowded. The Doge’s Palace was first and I found it rather interesting. The views out the windows of the Grand Canal and the other islands were pretty spectacular. I liked to see how Venice looked like from a different angle.
The one thing I learned about trekking through museums, castles and art galleries, they all start to look the same the more you go through them and while they are of historical interest, there are some definite downsides. For one, the Doge’s Palace did not have air conditioning, combined with warmer than usual temps, made the last part of the tour rather tedious. The only breeze that came through was from several open windows (and you had to stand close to cool off). This may sound like whining, but I had sharp and shooting pain in my ankle and needed to sit for a bit and let the pain pass – there were very few places to sit.
The next place was the Correr Museum. This was a former royal palace and it was a much shorter tour than the Doge’s Palace. After enduing the warmer temps and an hour and a half walk, I was looking forward to lunch! Which of course we were able to get in and get a great seat while everyone else was gawking at the sights! Another benefit to starting earlier in the day!
When you head to Venice or for that matter, any city that attracts a large number of tourists, one way to save some money is to avoid the main drags where everyone (a.k.a the tourists) eats. Something I noticed, the farther away from these areas, the lower the prices become. One thing I like about restaurants in Italy (and for that matter all of the other countries in Europe that I have visited), they post their menu near the door, so you can do a little comparison shopping and work on saving some money. The restaurant may offer specials of the day or a tourist menu to choose from. To make it from lunch to dinner, I like to find a place that has sandwiches. They are a very low cost option, sometimes 3 to 6 Euros.
Once done with lunch, it was back to the B&B for a nap. We were planning on getting some photos of the Grand Canal at sunset. Then dinner and of course more of romantic Venice!