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Where do I begin… lalala. Venice, day 1

Where do I begin... lalala. Venice, day 1

East or West (to fly), Finnair has always been my fave. Especially if the flight is long enough to want some peace and non-pressure service. Plus, they do not mind you sleeping with your legs up on three empty seats that you haven’t bought or requesting an extra lunch, provided of course that the plane is not fully packed. Ok. Don’t listen to me, I’m biased 😀

In some 2.5 hours from HeLLsinki, Venice starts eating your money before you even see a piece of it. And she’s got a good reason. There is almost no way you could get to the city by land, like, in a normal taxi or public bus. There is water ALL AROUND, literally. The cheapest way to travel across it is vaporone, EUR13 per person, rusted, noisy, not big enough for all passengers (in high season you might have to stand in the deck holding onto your luggage), slow, stops at every corner, hardly offers shelter from wind and water, and you arrive at your destination shaken, not stirred. Vaporone is in fact best when you are already spending your time in Venice armed with a camera – it is just slow enough to get good shots of the surroundings; but not before that or after. The more comfortable option is water taxi at EUR95 for a one-way trip. The, hm, taxi driver will help load the bags, give a hand for a good jump from the pier, beautifully speed up wherever allowed and provide the first explanations on the way. For vaporone, you pay to a cashier in a booth prior to boarding, and a water taxi driver takes the money himself at the point of destination. Cash is preferred at all times and is often the only possible way of payment in Venice and in Italy in general. This is in fact opposite to Finland where you’d have a problem trying to exchange a 500 euro bill into hundreds 🙂

Now I’ll shut up and let you see what we saw on our first day there…

Venice, approaching

Venice, approaching

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

All pics ©Julkka

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