My gondolier was a 4th generation gondolier. He told me that he loves Venice. It's the best and safest place to live and he would never leave. Katrina and I, mainly Katrina, learned the art of negotiation. Anywhere you go in Venice, a 30 minute gondola ride will cost 80 euro. Katrina got our price down to 60 euro (20 a person) and I negotiated him to add some singing. And of coarse he sang 'Amore'.
I also enjoyed every second of wine, pizza, more gelato, cannoli's, and more gelato that I consumed. Because when in Rome...welll when in Venice.
When in Rome became the motto of the week. If i wanted 4 gelatos in 1 day, all I had to say to myself was "hey, when in Rome!" and it was quickly justified.
Alright, so now, we all head back to our hostel to gather our things because we wanted to go to our next destination (and my favorite) Vernazza. We get our stuff, get on a boat, and go to the train station. Originally, we had thought we would take a 'night train' and arrive to our destination in the morning. It would be perfect! We would save money on a hostel, sleep on the train, and wake up in Vernazza. Well let me just tell you what I learned about 'night trains'......they do not exist. Not in Italy at least. Dream shattered.
Next Stop...Vernezza...Stay Tuned.