Day 25. 45km. Padova – Venezia

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Cycling, Italy

When I was a kid I loved mazes. Venezia is one big maze of little alley ways, bridges and squares. I ended up cheating and used Google Maps to find my way. And then I watched people on Piazza San Marco.
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Drahtesel had to stay at the camping ground today. He is not allowed into the centre of Venice. There are lots of stairs and lots of people.

I had lots of thoughts going through my head as I walked through Venice. I felt like an outsider observing, although I was part of it, just like everyone else. Just like others, I took selfies, and photos of beautiful canals flanked with old, historic buildings rising out of the water.
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I looked at the people selling stuff to passers by. This year the hottest item is a ‘selfie’ rod. You can attach your iPhone to it and take a selfie from further away. Another hot item was a single rose. Almost everyone was asked if they want to buy one. Apparently I look destitute enough not to be asked asked. I am unshaven and don’t look too wealthy. And I’m alone.

People live here. I walked off the main route to Piazza San Marco, and came across a little court with washing hanging right across from one building to the opposite building. Kids were playing using a plastic loop to create huge soap bubbles. Many other buildings looked abandoned and were boarded up. I wonder how many are actually empty.

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I couldn’t help thinking, this is a beautiful historic place. It may look like it did hundreds of years ago, but what happens here now is so different to back then. It is like a circus. Entertainment for the masses. Maybe I am just feeling melancholic at the moment. It is certainly a beautiful place to visit, and I enjoyed my walk around this beautiful city.

Comments
  1. patricia gaudry says:

    HI Matthew,I am so enjoying the photos of the places you pass through and your snaps of the ordinary from your outsider’s view point. They are all great images well spotted. I am wondering what sort of camera you are using on this adventure?I hope your route is well away from East Turkey, Syria and Iraq. ISIL is beheading westerners there . Be very very careful once you leave western Europe.Pat From: arctic-cycler.com To: patgaudry@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 7:15 Subject: [New post] Day 25. 45km. Padova – Venezia #yiv6104384493 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6104384493 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6104384493 a.yiv6104384493primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6104384493 a.yiv6104384493primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6104384493 a.yiv6104384493primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6104384493 a.yiv6104384493primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6104384493 WordPress.com | arctic-cycler posted: “When I was a kid I loved mazes. Venezia is one big maze of little alley ways, bridges and squares. I ended up cheating and used Google Maps to find my way. And then I watched people on Piazza San Marco. Drahtesel had to stay at the camping ground toda” | |

    • Hi Pat.
      Actually I have been using my smart phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) to take the photos. I have a better camera but it is a hassle to take out and I am happy with the smart phone photos.

      Don’t worry. I am staying well away from ISIS territory. No south east Turkey, Syria or Iraq..

  2. Dom says:

    Hi Matthew,

    I just want to wish you all the best at your trip. I read your blog every day and I love it! Cant wait you to enter Croatia, my country. If you dont change your route maybe I will go on some short ride with you (Island of Pag), I’m amateur so 20-30km will be enough for me 🙂

    Hope you will have a lot of nice weather!

    Dom

  3. Meriam says:

    Hi Matthew,
    Love to follow your blog. It all looks so exciting and wonderful. Keep on following your dreams and enjoy every moment!
    Best regards,
    Meriam

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