We arrived in Venice mid afternoon and found a camperstop at Parco San Giuliano, where there were about a dozen other campers. It didn't take long to discover that half of them belonged to "Travellers", they all seemed to have new motorhomes, plenty of kids and loud voices. There wasn't really any where else or us to go so we settled down and hoped for the best. Knowing we would be spending the following day in Venice itself we were a little worried about security, but in the end the group turned out to be friendly and there were no problems.
About 100 metres from the camperstop we took a boat operated by a co-operative to the main islands, some 4 kilometres away. It cost €20 each return, which seemed expensive, but we had little choice. By 10 am we were wandering through the narrow streets over endless bridges heading towards Piazza San Marco, the main point on the tourist trail. Tom & Fran had never been to Venice before and were amazed at the sights, especially the Duomo the Bell tower and the Doges Palace. We even saw a huge P&O cruise ship pass by, something that is becoming more and more popular, much to the annoyance of the local population, they blame these huge vessels for a lot of the problems caused by the waters of the lagoon.
Having had a good look round we met Niki in Piazza San Marco, she was there with a tour group, but had some time off, and enjoyed a superb lunch sitting outside the Savoy Hotel, very posh, although Tom & Fran ordered cheeseburger and chips! it was however a huge improvement on McDonalds. Niki and I had a super seafood pasta dish, far more Italian what!. Feeling full we set off to walk back through the crowded streets full of expensive shops and even more full of tourists, making our way to Piazza Roma from where nearby we would take a boat back to our motorhomes. It had been a superb day, wonderful sights, good food and wine and brilliant weather, what more could you ask for.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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