TRAVEL – topdeck’s europe express: venice

travel - topdeck europe express day 5 and 6 veniceWe left Verona and arrived at our accommodation for the next two nights; the Camping Village Jolly just outside Venice.

Like the Swiss Alps, we stayed in cabins but this time we got our own keys and had our own en-suites! Our first night was spent doing our laundry – living the dream I know! The next day we had breakfast and headed into Venice to see those famous gondolas and do some exploring!

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Our tour leader Marshall took us on a little walking tour where we came across the Daniele Manin statue (below) in Campo Manin. Created by Luigi Borro in 1875, the statue is in honour of Daniele Manin – a great patriot and politician. After taking photos we were then led to the famous St Mark’s Basilica (above). Despite being under renovation, it was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen, and was a definite highlight of the trip.

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We couldn’t come to Venice without going on a gondola ride! Marshall got us a cheap deal for around €20 each (some of us asked for another go around and they were gonna charge us €80!) As nice as it was exploring the canals and the little islands, the gondola ride highlighted just how not very clean the city is. There were dead rats in the water and there was a pungent aroma in the air. 

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After the gondola ride we all split off into little groups. We were told that we were gonna have a masquerade party at the Camping Village that night so me and a few others went in search for our masks. On our search we came across Rialto Bridge – one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. It’s famous for its many shops as well as being a landmark, and it was nice to see a more modern side of Venice.

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Once we were done exploring Rialto Bridge, we came across La Maschera Del Galeone, a quaint little mask shop. I chose this pretty lace detailed mask above for 12. It was 100% made in Italy so that added an extra authentic touch. We also attended a glass making demonstration, which was pretty amazing, before heading back to the Camping Village. That night we all dressed up and played drinking games. It felt so nice to let our hair down, although some of us were feeling a little worse for wear the next morning!

But there was no time to dwell as we were back on the coach and heading to our next destination: Dachau in Germany!

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TRAVEL – topdeck’s europe express: verona

travel - topdeck europe express day 5 veronaDay five and we were on our way to the wonderful delights of Venice when our Topdeck leader Marshall surprised us with a visit to Verona.

Famous for being the location of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, I was very excited to see that balcony and enjoy my first experience of Italy.

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Marshall led the way and took us to the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre that is over 2000 years old. We then came across Juliet’s balcony. 

We entered a small courtyard where we saw a bronze statue of Juliet and the balcony where she said those famous words. After many photo opportunities, we learnt that apparently if you stroke the right breast of Juliet’s statue you will gain good fortune and luck in love.

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On our way out of the courtyard we saw Juliet’s Wall, where visitors write their names and the people they love. From love letters to post-it notes, it was lovely to see that people were leaving their mark at what is considered to be of the most romantic places in the world.

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With only a limited amount of time in Verona, Marshall  took us to get some gelato and we explored the markets.

After some free time at the markets, it was time to get back on the coach for our next Italian adventure; Venice.

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TRAVEL – exploring europe

travel - exploring europeTomorrow I get to go on an amazing journey around Europe.

This eleven day trip will be a solo mission for me (being just a tad scared doesn’t cover it) and I will get to visit some beautiful places including Paris, Venice and Rhine Valley.

If you want to see what I get up to I will be posting as much as I can on instagram – @sazwatson. And there will be plenty of posts when I get back!

If you could visit anywhere in Europe where would you go?

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