Walking in the wrong direction
Once we did leave the restaurant we went over the street to Captain Candy, where we bought sweets to take home for presents. Then we turned right instead of left from the sweet shop which would later give us a big issue.
We were now walking on street that we have not seen before. After we passed a hospital with its parked water ambulances we came to a wide lagoon. This did not look familiar so we started to walk along the quay looking for signs or a familiar building.
As we were going up the steps of a small bridge, I was busy looking at Google Maps on my phone and was completely distracted. I once again slipped and this time I fell up the steps, landing on my other arm as I protected my camera. This fall was even more painful than the first on the water taxi.
Back to the ship
From Google Maps I discovered we were exactly opposite where we wanted to be. Google Maps told me that we would take at least 30 minutes to walk back to the water taxi and by now we were running out of time for the last taxi.
Using the app, we tried to navigate our way back to the Rialto Bridge. The GPS signal didn’t always reach the phone so we were reaching junctions and I no idea which way to go. Around St Mark’s Square the buildings had signs to point the way to the bridge or to the square, but in this part of Venice there were no signs so we had no help at all.
After a stressful 10 minutes we met our lunchtime companion who was similarly ‘lost’. After a few more minutes we found signs to the bridge and then we passed the grumpy cafe. Sighs a relief from all of us!
The weather had turned and it was raining again, so we headed off to St Mark’s Square and the water taxi back to the ship.
By 2.10 we were back through St Mark’s Square and heading back to where the water taxis were. This was my last view of a gondola in Venice.
The ride back to the cruise dock was uneventful and we were soon back in the terminal hall by Oceana. Now the hall was busy and we had to not only show our cruise cards but our passports before being allowed back onto the ship.
We were soaked and I resorted to putting my socks and shoes over the vent form th cabin’s ‘fridge to try and get them dry quicker.