I left my hotel around noon to walk to Venice's main train station, about a twenty minute walk. I stopped along the way and bought a slice of pizza and a bottle of water. I went to the self-service ticket machine at the train station, the 1:25 tickets to Florence were sold out. Rome is the final destination of the train I was taking to Venice, with several stops in between, on a weekend, the trains on this route are booked early. I bought the 2:25 pm train ticket.
I sat on the stairs outside the train station and read my kindle, did some people watching, until about 1:45 pm, then I went to get some snacks for the train ride. The ride was only 2 hours but I often get hungry and the bread breakfast and slice of pizza for lunch were not very filling. Just after 2 pm, the platform the train for Rome would leave from appeared on the departure screen. I went, found my seat and settled in for the ride.
|Cloudy day in Venice from the Train to Florence|
It was raining when we arrived in Florence, I took out my umbrella but did not use it, then I ended up leaving it on the bus. The first bus I got on was the bus to my hostel, but I did not buy at ticket and they were not sold on the bus, I got off the bus and must have left my umbrella in the seat when I got off. I bought a new one for 5 Euros from one of the African men selling umbrellas at the station.
|Lynnae after arrival in Florence|
Was a challenge getting into the hostel. The hostel is located in a building with other businesses, I could not find the hostel's name to ring the bell. I went next door, asked the man if I was in the right place, he said yes, ring the bell, I do not know which one it is. I went through all the names slowly, there were names listed on both sides of the door, finally I found the right one, I rang it and the hostel buzzed me in.
My first impressions were great of the hostel, the woman working reception was friendly, we talked for awhile, she gave me a map and pointed out all of Florence's main attractions. I went out this evening, walking towards the Duomo, but it started to rain, My camera stopped working so I did not get to take any pictures, I tried to charge my battery when I got back, it would not charge. I think the battery is the problem, or I am going to hope the battery is the problem and the camera is OK. I will figure it out tomorrow. I may have to but a new camera, although I hope not.
No photo album today, I only shot three pictures and the one not on the blog was a blurry shot of Venice from the train today. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny in Florence, my first stop will be a camera or electronics store, get my battery replaced and then go see the sights.