If you haven’t taken a cruise in your life, you should save up for it now and do it. Many people I know have not even left their back yards to go to another state let alone travel overseas. But if you’re a seasoned traveler, you may say that cruising is not for you. I’ve said that before until I took one.
One summer, a friend called me and said that there is an 11-day cruise to Europe for $500.00. He mentioned the places we’re going to visit. He said, “Kailangan ma-i-book ‘to today before it is sold out!”
Ha?! I can’t decide like that most specially if I have to ask permission from work to take the days off for the cruise. But $500.00 to seven European cities is really cheap so I took a chance and told him that if we can find a round trip fare to Venice, Italy for less than $1,000.00, I’m in.
Thirty minutes later, he called and said, “Round trip fare to Venice, Italy and returning from Lisbon, Portugal is $700.00!!” All in all, the trip will only cost us $1200.00 plus tours and all I could say to him was, “Go!”.
We booked our flight and I just had to smooch my boss’ behind to get the days off I needed (including some extra days to rest). And I got it! Ganyan kami mag-travel. Budget lang.
We arrived in Venice, Italy in the morning where the ship was scheduled to sail from in the evening. Day tour lang sa Venice and it was awesome! We took our luggage and left it with the cruise ship para makalayas kami and explore Venice.
It rained that morning so the piazza (squares) was flooded. They have these scaffolding platforms for people to walk above the water. Laging nagbabaha sa Venice. And I heard that during the summer months, medyo amoy canal dun. Thank goodness, we were there in November. I didn’t notice any smell at all. (Tip: If you are visiting Venice, it’s always good to pack a pair of rubber boots with you just in case).
There were areas that were dry as well. Only the streets near the banks were flooded but if you go further inland, may dry land naman.
The gondolas were parked but the current was so strong that it didn’t look safe for us to take a ride. Besides, the ride was so expensive. Remember, Euros ang bayaran dito. We decided to forego the gondola ride and opted to walk around instead.
It was fun to walk around. The sights and building architecture were magnificent. Walking the streets in Venice was a delight. I’ve been to Rome, Milan, and Florence but it still felt different in Venice.
These were the pillow-like puwet nung mga actors who we found starting to get dressed for their performance.
We even had gelato (creamy ice cream). So delish!
Shempre – shopping na din. This is a ceramic mask. Well-known for masquerade balls and their Carnival in February I think.
I love this photo. I heard that it costs a lot to maintain the gondolas (look at how shiny these are) kaya mahal din ang pamasahe.
Of course, tourist shopping.
Before you know it, after walking around all day, we were ready to board the ship. Kaya sakay na kami ng mini-boat to take us to the ship.
Pero before that, I would like to say that even if we only spent a day in Venice, it was totally worth it. Remember, this was my first cruise so everything was new to me.
I will make a few more posts for each of the destinations.
So, keep coming back lang.