This time I was away with Flatmate Calum - this was my 6th trip and was in aid of my birthday on the 10th; leaving earlier in the week and returning the day after my actual birthday... So, yes indeed - it was a whole birthday week!
You can read more about Padua at the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padua
Today was the second of our two day trips out of the city... We made our way to the station - pausing once again at my favourite spot where I recorded back on Monday. This was on our way to the trains - but we took a slow pace as there was a gap between services which meant that we couldn't travel until after midday. Treviso was quite a nice little town - we stopped for a drink and some gnocchi (Well, I did - Calum just had beer - we didn't really stop for a proper lunch as we were planning on eating in the evening!) We pottered about after this - I recorded more for the podcast and we ended up on the city/town walls which reminded me a little of the walls in York. To be honest we didn't stay too long as there wasn't a great deal to draw our attention and we don't really do museums or galleries unless the weather is really bad. Once back in Venice we went for a drink in a bar (which had a lot of different beers) near the hotel where Calum, Harry and I stayed back in 2010. We'd been to the same bar on that same visit - but it had been closed the last couple of times I'd been in town. We then went to eat pizza at a restaurant about five minutes from this bar - the food was nice enough, but the service was limited and some of the diners seemed to think that it was fine to play Youtube videos at full volume. (Note: It isn't!) In the end we asked for the dessert menu and the waiter brought the bill and so we took this as a sign to go down the road to eat ice cream instead. We concluded the evening with another nightcap and then I recorded some more bits for the podcast in my new recording studio, ie: the shower! (It was enormous - big enough for two - and a nice slight echo!)
You can read more about Treviso at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treviso
I had well-laid plans for my birthday - although I cut part of my original itinerary when I decided that trying to go to one of the galleries would probably make for too much of a hectic day and also I feel it's a bit of a shame to spend the day inside when it's a lovely sunny autumn day outside. After a nice breakfast we headed for a cafe that I like on the quayside that faces Murano - where I was aiming for us to spend the main part of our day. We did a little grocery shopping - had a spot of gin in the cafe and then hopped on the boat. It doesn't take more than about 15 minutes to cross from Venice to Muruno and as I've been there a couple of times before, at least I know my way around... Part of me really wanted to explore some of the bits of Murano that I'd never seen before - but the stronger half just wanted to go sit by the quayside in the sun where I've recorded Youtube videos in the past. So this is what I did, although Calum and I did explore a little further on from where we had been sitting. Following this we sat and had a little drinky and then I had a quick look around the glass shops for a little bargain, which I found and paid for with my spare change! After this we left Murano as the sun was going down - getting a boat back to St Mark's and then along to the Academia Bridge. There were still so many places that I didn't get to visit on this trip - but that's why I always want to go back - I don't really care about seeing too many new places, I just want to make Venice a place that I feel at home in - like when I wander around London. You'll never completely know London, but you can play on its streets and find your own home there. I had hoped to find a restaurant near where we'd left the water boat - but we weren't having any luck and I drew us back towards The Rialto Bridge to a restaurant that we'd walked past on a number of other occasions. There were also plenty of waiters on duty, unlike some of the other restaurants that we had previously eaten in. I had a good birthday meal - which was nice, considering that our other meals have been a little mixed. We headed back to the hotel after this and I had a little chat with Toby and recorded some last bits for the podcast.
The photos above were mainly taken in one of my favourite parts of the city - as mentioned in my diary entry for Monday the 7th November. It's also an area where I recorded a number of poems for one of my Shy Yeti Youtube videos back in 2012. Here are a few more...