From England we headed to Italy to watch Operas at La Scala (Manon), the Arena in Verona (Aida) and La Fenice in Venice (Carmen), which were all brilliant in their own way. The day we arrived in Venice, Mer couldn’t stand the heat (39 degrees) and so insisted on going to the beach. The beach! I was expecting museums, churches, canals and gondolas and found myself on The Beach! We had fun though and saw great views of Venice from the vaporetto on the way out to the Lido, I might even recommend it.
But when we got back to Venice proper in the evening, it was time to take a look around and what better way to do it than to go for a run (very Woody Allen in Everyone says I love you I found out afterwards!)
It was lovely to meet Venice again by running up and down it’s bridges and getting cut off by canals. I’d been once about 15 years ago for a day and it had rained and I hand;t thought much of the place. But now, returning in a couple and enjoying The Beach and then a run, the magic of the place really came out. It was also excellent hills training with all those steps to deal with and the breathtaking architecture meant we had run three or four kilometers without even realizing it. We also got quite a lot of odd looks as we walked back through St Mark’s Square on the way back. It seems Woody and Julia haven’t made running through the streets of Venice all that popular!