More sunshine, cool breezes, and enjoyable temperatures all day and through the evening in Venice. Agnes left us early in the morning to drive to her new job with BP, somewhere in Germany. Mari leaves tomorrow (Monday) morning, a 6:55 am flight back to Amsterdam. Tom is to accompany his daughter to Marco Polo Airport, on the earliest bus available, the horrible hour of 5:40 am. (Mari is really psyched to get up early and go back to where it has been rainy and cold for a week).
Ginny and I will follow slightly later and meet Tom at the FIAB office. Volker will meet us there and the four of us will cycle back over the bridge to Venice, take a ferry to Lido, and ride south the length of the island. Then we hop a ferry to the next island and continue south on another long and even narrower island that looks on the map as if the waves could wash right over it. Another ferry ride gets us to Chioggia. Volker is our guide and will be with us for a few days and hopefully get me competent with my Garmin. (I think I will keep my compass handy anyway.)
Today we made a huge figure-eight tour of Venice, half of it by the boat-bus. We walked south from the train station through the Dorsoduro section, turning away from any architecture that looked modern and eventually we reached the Canale de Fusina. The San Basilo boat-bus station was right there and it only took the four of us about 20 minutes to decipher the schedule. We purchased a ticket to take us the long way around, clockwise up the west side, down the entire length of the Grande Canal, past the crowded Piazza San Marco, and east to the Giardini stop. It was lovely!