Day 1 and 2
I am already a big proponent of getting to the Airport early. Usually we end up sitting in the Airport forever waiting for the plane because of it. This time though I was right! Upon arrival at the airport we noticed that the lines weren’t that long for any airline……except Air France! That just happened to be the airline we were flying. This really was the longest line I have ever seen in my life! It took us over an hour to get through the lines to get our tickets (The self check in didn’t work) and check our bags. Our check in bags were fine, but they also weighed our carry on bags. Miriam’s carry on bag was 2 kg over. So we had to take things out of the bag to make weight. I have never had an Airline do that but whatever.
The Security line wasn’t that bad. The TSA workers were assholes as usual, but at least we weren’t one of their molestation victims. We got to the gate fine and everything was listed on time. It was one of the new Airbus a380 super jets. We lined up when we were supposed to and waited. Then we waited some more. I was getting nervous because we only had an one and a half hour layover, but we boarded the plane. I laid back and waited to take off. We waited an extra 2 hours. Miriam could tell I was getting a little testy.
The thing was the crew wasn’t telling us anything. What it turned out to be is that they needed to reboot the computer. The first thing is that it scares me that the computer crashed in the first place. The second thing is what type of computer takes 2 hours to reboot. My confidence was shaken, but at least we were on our way! To Venice we went via Paris.
The flight was pretty smooth and the plane was very comfortable. I watched “John Carter” and “This is war”. I also played “Battleship” and “Mini Golf”. Miriam mostly slept. She also watched “Ground Hog’s Day” and didn’t like it. What the hell! How could you not like a movie with Bill Murray! He is a comic genius. Come on Bill do “Ghost Busters 3″. I didn’t sleep a wink on the 7 hour flight. All in all it was a very smooth and comfortable flight.
When we were getting ready to land we talked to the flight attendant to see what was up with our connecting flight since we were going to miss it. She took our ticket and disappeared. She returned a short time later and told us they had booked us on a new flight. We would have to go talk to the porter after we got off the airplane to find out what flight, but she assured us everything was taken care of.
We disembarked the plane and found the porter who said our connecting flight was in D terminal and we better go. So we took off running. With a still injured back in a backpack containing a laptop and other things it kinda hurt, but we ran anyways. What he failed to mention is the airport in Paris is terrible. There is no train or anything connecting the terminals. Oh, the we were in A terminal and D terminal was not connected to A and was over a mile away. The best part was that we had to actually leave the airport and reenter through security. Yeah we missed that fight.
We found The Air France desk and got booked on a flight leaving four hours later. We did get a free breakfast that we could use at any restaurant there! What they don’t tell you is that there isn’t any restaurants in the terminal. There is a little coffee stand and that was our choice for dining. They did have a free foosball table. The ball would just stop rolling and get stuck. It wasn’t fun, but we managed to kill time. We noticed that almost every Air France flight coming in was delayed, but plane we were on was departing on time! We got on the plane and then we sat for over an hour. Great job Air France! Eat some more cheese. Everyone one in France is lazy.
We finally got into Italy around 3PM and by some miracle our luggage wasn’t lost. We took our bags and off to the cruise ship we went. We boarded the cruise ship and got our cabin. We put our carry on lugage away, took quick showers, and grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading off to explore the sinking city of Venice.
We jumped onto a water taxi, and off we went. We walked around the canals and watched gondolas pass under the bridges. I had my first experience with real Italian gelato. It was pretty good. We took pictures in St. Mark’s Square and in the many alleyways. They had some really big bridge that we walked across that was a famous or something, but I can’t remember what it was called.
St. Mark’s Square was pretty neat. I thought about going to rob a house of a safe by blowing a hole in the floor and leading a boat chase all the while the safe would be actually under water where our safe cracker would crack the safe and steal all the gold, but I don’t think we could trust Ed Norton so I put a hold on our plans.
In Venice they have something like metro stations, but instead of catching a train you have to catch a boat. That is kinda cool. They do not allow bikes, cars, roller blades, or skateboards in the city. You either walk it or take a boat. It was getting late so we headed back to the ship.
We woke up at 6AM because we had a 7:30AM tour scheduled. We had breakfast delivered to our room. We then got ready and headed to meet our tour group. We jumped on our boat and headed to tour The Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s. We got a good overview of the history of Venice and saw the how amazing St Mark’s was. We went to a glass factory where they made things made of glass (imagine that!). After all that we ate more Italian ice cream and headed back to the ship for our departure.
We went to our “OMG we hit a rock trying to show off drill” and then grabbed some lunch. We were about to leave port, but we had to stop because there was smoke coming from somewhere. It turns out a fan shorted out and caught fire, but we were soon underway. We then took a nap because we were still really tired.
We went to dinner which was really good. I had to dress up because it was formal night, or I like to call it “The night where in the past I would have gone to get pizza.” I had the filet mingion and Miriam had the same thing. We had a table for two. I am so glad we didn’t have to sit with other people and pretend like we care about what they have to say about anything.
After dinner we got our pictures take about 100 times. Maybe it was 1000. OK it was 4, but who really counts that stuff. We looked at the art gallery and they had the painting of my favorite artist of all time not named Jim Lee (yes comic books are an art). His name is Michael Godard. His stuff really rocks.
We walked around a little before watching some musical. Miriam loves musicals. They really aren’t my cup of tea, but if it makes Miriam happy I will do it. She fell asleep 5 minutes into the show. It was………a musical. That is all I am saying. Once again not my cup of tea. Now we are back to our room. It is a little after midnight so I am going to get some sleep.
Venice is cool and all, but there really isn’t a lot to see. St Marks is the big place to see. I took a lot of pictures and video. I can’t wait to share them, that will probably have to wait until we get back to the states. Everything here is really old. Next stop Dubrovnik, Croatia.