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First stop Italy

Milan and Venice

sunny -17 °C
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So our trip started with a flying visit to Milan. First impression of an Italian restaurant was great, but compared to British food that’s not that hard. The pizzas were huge and the wine (vino) is cheap and good, 4 euros a half liter, this quickly became our drink of choice in Italy.

The next days sightseeing had to be quick as we had a train to catch later in the day. As we walked into town Rach couldn’t get over how cool the fashion shops were and cheap compared to the UK. But alas it was the start of the trip and our packs were already heavy enough, although Rach did pick up some boots for trudging through the snow later in the trip.

view from the top of the Dumo


Us in the piazza (square) 'something' in front of the dumo (cathedral)

The main attractions in Milan are the Dumo (an impressive gothic style cathedral) and the square (piazza) in front of it. And this mosaic bull which is worn out in the ‘bulls’ area where it is traditions to plant ones heel and spin twice. God knows why but we gave it a go anyway.




We got into Venice on the train from Milan. We had no accommodation sorted and it was starting to get pretty late. This obviously showed on our faces and our touristy backpacks made us stand out in a crowd our better prepared tourists and Venetian commuters. “Luckly” we were spotted by an old Italian guy looking to fill one of his ‘rooms’. His cheap prices were hard to say no to after what we had been offered at the tourist office. So we followed him through the winding (pedestrian only) streets of Venice to our ‘room’. Well it wasn’t so much of a room as an attic with a bed above a kitchen (see below for picture) maybe he should have pick some more vertically challenged tourists as Rach and I could only stand up in the middle of the room.

our attic/room

We drank a lot of vino and walked a lot in our 3 days in Venice. Saw lots of things including Piazza San Marco and the Basilica.






rach on our 'free' ferry trip home in Venice, I guess we just forgot to pay


We also started to try out our very limited Italian on some unsuspecting wait staff. I persuaded Rach to order the vino in Italian one night, to which the waitress just laughed and in perfect English asked if we wanted the white wine. But by the end of our time in Venice we were fluent in Italian, well at least how to order cheap wine.

these creatures "nuns" are frequently spotted in Italy, they come out in groups no less than 3 and travel between local churches. Here we see a group 'congregation' of four specimens, they are incredibly quick for there age.

VeniceGrand Canal

Piazza San Marco (one of the only things i knew to say before getting to italy was "Excuse me, Where is Piazza San Marco?")

Posted by jamienrach 11:59 Archived in Italy

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Hey guys, Merry Christmas hope you had a good one. Love you lots, miss you,

Sounds like you are having an amazing time.

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