My seven-year-old daughter was distraught to discover the city of Venice may disappear soon due to rising sea levels. So, in October 2019, we took a short trip to the historic city. I only had an old camera and my smartphone to record the vacation but, as you can see, the video came out nicely. In this short film we show you highlights from our trip, and offer lots of useful information and advice for anyone who wants to visit in future.
This film is dedicated to my dear, departed friend Richard Hurley aka Harry U. Eldrich (1977 – 2020). A man of extraordinary wisdom, intelligence, wit and culture, who adored the city of Venice.
So, this week I’m off to Italy.
I’ve got a few days in Venice. This will be fun.
It wasn’t something that was on my
bucket list, but my daughter is obsessed.
And seeing as we’re leaving the European Union soon i thought:
“let’s go now, because there’s less likely to be hassle going now than there might be later down the line.”
There shouldn’t be any hassle later down the line, but you never know.
So it’s worth not risking it, as far as i’m concerned.
What effect will this have on my diet and lifestyle?
Well it’s the kind of city where you do a hell of a lot of walking.
So I expect that that’s positive.
It’s also Italy, which is known for its food.
Now that I’ve gone vegan that really restricts what i could have there.
It should be fun though. Should be interesting. Off we go!
Pre-flight brunch at “Giraffe” (restaurant).
Did you enjoy that?
You don’t seem too keen to leave.
Anyway, getting on the flight soon.
Are you excited about the flight?
- Why not?
Because I don’t want to go.
- You “don’t want to go” where?
- On the flight.
I want to walk.
You want to walk to Venice?
Well, I’m sure that would certainly leave you a lot healthier.
VO: The first thing you should do when you arrive in Venice
is head straight to the Fandaco dei Tedeschi – the old Post Office headquarters.
Nowadays it’s an expensive shopping mall with an events and arts gallery on the top floor.
It also has a panoramic roof terrace with breathtaking views of the entire city.
Visiting the roof terrace is free of charge, but you do need to book in advance.
Everyone gets a 15-minute slot. And you’d better arrive on time, otherwise you will be turned away.
Believe me it’s worth it.
Mcdonald’s… but healthy.
Ignore the fries!
Look, come here. I’ll show you something.
See up there? All the columns are white, except…?
And they’re red. Do you know why they’re red?
Because that’s where the Duke used to stand to speak to the people in the square.
San Marco Square!
OK, so my tradition, no matter where I go, is that I will find a mosque and Indian food.
There are no mosques in Venice.
But there are a couple of Indian restaurants.
And one of them is Halal, and is very close to my hotel (right next to the Rialto Bridge).
So that’s where we’re going now.
Time to get some “desi khaana” (Indian food).
Yeah, you know it’s very slippery. I think you should stay away from the edge.
Looks like that’s a takeaway.
All right. Should we go see what they’ve got?
What do you mean “no”? It’s food.