Day two in Italy and we are off on another adventure. Today our road trip begins.
We have been very good with Milano’s public transport, it has been really easy to figure out thanks to mummy’s exceptional navigational skills. We have tried them all, taxi, bus, train and of course the plane we arrived in. Today after breakfast we checked out of our Hotel – Hotel Madison, Best Western Milano, and caught the bus to Linate airport to pick up our sweet ride for the rest of our trip. ‘Silver fox’ is a very nice silver Peugeot Station Wagon. Once we had our wheels we decided it was a little bit too late to go to Lake Como, so we drove onto the A4 to get to Venice via Verona. Sounds easy enough, unless you have never driven a manual left hand drive, on the opposite side of the road. It took us a couple of tries to get out of the car park, mummy kept trying to change the gears near the door! It was little bit scary, the Italians drive very fast and are a bit impatient if you are going too slow.
Fun Fact #2: On the Italian Motorways you can travel 130km/h.
A few wrong turns and exits later we arrived in Verona. It was really beautiful, such a quaint and romantic kind of city. Mummy had told me the story of Romeo and Juliet and how it was based in fair Verona, so we visited Juliet’s balcony. What a gorgeous building and on the outside of it there were lots and lots of graffiti, but it was graffiti about love, painted in all different colours. It was kind of pretty so we took some pictures here.
The main square of Verona was surrounded by painted buildings and lots of markets in the middle. The markets sold all sorts of things from fruit, hats, t-shirts and fancy masks. Some of the masks were elegant and very detailed and some were a little bit scary. Daddy took me wandering through the markets whilst mummy took lots of photos.
On the road again, we noticed that the outside temperature had reached its max for the day a balmy 43 degrees Celsius. What’s it like back in Australia?
Fun fact #3: Venice is built on 117 small islands connected by 400 bridges over 150 canals.
We parked our car in a big parking lot –Tronchetto, just outside of Venice and caught the ferry to San Marco. Wow Piazza San Marco is massive! Unfortunately we didn’t stop long to admire how beautiful it was because we wanted to find our hotel and have a shower, we have plenty of time for that over the next three days. It was still very hot and we had been walking around with our bags for a while. Venice is like a maze and when you haven’t got a map for it, it can be very difficult to find your way. We learnt the hard way when mummy couldn’t find the hotel. We walked for ages and poor daddy looked a bit like a sweaty pack horse carrying all the big heavy bags.
I fell asleep after a shower and a feed from mummy, but daddy told me they went out for dinner and a little stroll down some of the narrow alleys and canals. I went along of course in my pram, but I didn’t see any of it as I was sound asleep after another big day.