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I woke up very early with a massive hung over, as I think I drunk two bootles of wine by my self the night before. I managed to go to sleep for another hour, before starting to pack my bike. Justin and Sam were leaving as well, so we said goodbies, exchanged emails and left the camp site.
From Venice you can take the ferry to Greece and initially I was thinking to end my trip there. But I don’t want to stop cycling yet. Since my knee feels better and I am not in a hurry to get back, I decided to go a bit further down and maybe take the boat from Ancona.
After spending three full on days in Venice, I wasn’t much for much. I took the quietest roads and headed for a hostel in a remote location by the Bianco canal. For most of the way there were cycle paths, so I didn’t have to deal with traffic, which was a good and smooth transition after spending three days off in a city without cars.
The morning cycle path
Another nice cyclepath
One of the rivers I crossed
The Blanc canal
I got to the hostel at around 5pm. The staff there were very friendly and helpful with me. I was given a ground floor room so I can keep the bike with me overnight. The room had bathroom inside and six beds, but again nobody turned up, so overall a very good deal for just â‚¬17, the same amount I paid for camping opposite to Venice. It didn’t have wifi, but only a computer with a coin slot that charged â‚¬2 per hour. But again they appreciated the fact that I was traveling for so long, so they lend me their personal 3G USB key to use for a couple of hours for nothing.
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Sam, Justin and me
Today it was a little warmer than the yesterday. We caught the 9am ferry to Venice again, to have plenty of day light, as it was the last day there. My last important visit in the city was the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art, by the grand canal. It has a permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures, some of which are in the nice garden, as well as a temporary exhibition. I spend about an hour in there and then I continued my day with wondering around the city.
One of the churches, that I don't remember its name
The big boy with the little frog...
Even Venice has graffiti
Loads of laundry
Last minute souvenirs
While wondering, I was always checking the Biennale map for additional near by exhibitions that are scattered around Venice. They are small, so I think I visited more than 15 within these days. The only problem was that they were hard to locate, as the map in the brochure was not very detailed and in general it is hard to find your way in Venice in the first place.
In one of the Biannale exhibitons held within a palace
After 12 hours of walking it was time to head back. Before heading back, I went to the supermarket for some shopping, as this time it was my turn to cook dinner for Justin and Sam. Their little caravan has a small kitchen with everything you need, plus it’s warm so I was happy to spend an hour in there.
Late in the afternoon
Sunset by the port