Our travelling days come to a close.
25.09.2011 - 04.10.2011 24 °C
What could a trip to Italy be without a visit to Venezia! It was with great anticipation that we boarded the train in Verona heading two hours away to Venice. I couldn't visualize in my head a city on water and even when we were there, I couldn't help shaking my head at the number of bridges and the canals. Notwithstanding the large puddle surrounding the Basilica (huh?), it does all seem to work. There are boats everywhere...water taxis carrying touristis, boats carrying constructions workers and equipment, private boats carrying people to work. I was envious that these people have such a beautiful commute.
Heeding Jane Londero's advice, we escaped the craziness of St. Mark's Square and went off the beaten path to the small passageways and bridges which crisscross the city. We listened to singing gondaliers and visited a beautiful church containing several major pieces of art which even got great reviews from Max and Angus. Unfortunately we didn't stay long enough to see Venice at night but I will return...anyone wish to join me?
Nils found a great route from Verona to Montpelier making the train trip half as long as we had thought that it would be. However, we were in for a crazy day of travel as there was very little time to make the 5 train changes that we had. Angus was our point man, jumping out of the train first carrying his MEC backpack asking for directions to the next train platform. The rest of us dashed after him, me bringing up the rear with our longsuffering bag on wheels. We had a few close calls, one very close call, but we made every connection and we were in our Meze apartment that evening by 9:30 pm.
The next day was Meze market day - lucky us! It is truly a feast for the eyes...meat, fish, olives, fruit, cheese, vegetables..fresh and yummy! Nils especially enjoyed conversing with the cheese man and enjoying some delicious samples.
Our apartment is very conveniently located to the market, shops, school and best of all, the ocean. Meze has two sandy beaches on either side of its small port. We have been swimming every day since we arrived. Max says that he will be swimming until his birthday which is in December...we will keep you posted on that. We have been extraordinarily fortunate with the weather. The man told us yesterday that after a chilly June and July, this is the hottest October in almost 40 years.
A few friends from my Wednesday night running club in Whitehorse have asked about running here in Mèze and whether I think that it is a good location for a running field trip. Yes!..although the past few afternoons have been very warm. We would have to get out in the morning and then retire to the café to discuss running strategies before heading to the market to look into nutritional options. The clouds have moved in this morning and the temperature has dropped to 20 degrees so it is much more pleasant for speed work. I have found a nice stretch of a bike path which would work wonderfully for the a, b, c's. This path goes right through the next few villages (Bouzigues and Balaruc-les-Bains) for a distance of 8 km. so there and back is a nice longish run. It is along corn fields and the ocean so very lovely. I am on the lookout for possible races around here so I will keep all you runners posted.
Max and Angus started school this morning. They are both at the same school - it is a middle school with grades 6 to 9. They walked off with backpacks full of binders and notebooks consisting of paper of "grand carreaux" and "petit carreaux"...I am hoping that if the French is a bust, at least their handwriting will improve.