*** It's worth noting beforehand that I awoke at 4:30 am with no chance of falling back to sleep. With a dead phone and no company, I ended up sitting in the hostel lobby reading and then had to continue with the rest of this fine day on 4 hours of sleep ***
This was a fabulous Venetian day. We started the day with a trip to the beach. Heading to Lido was such a different experience than that of the main island of Venice. We saw cars and grass; both of which have no use in inner Venice. Most importantly, we got to the beach on a sweltering hot day. We sunbathed and took a dip in water much warmer than what we're used to in Lake Michigan.
After a fine day of relaxing horizontally and socially (a delicacy not experienced in hostel shared rooms), we got back to the hostel and I took my daily nap.
That evening, we searched the water for a decently priced gondola ride. When we heard that the trip would cost €100 split between Jamie, Aussie Nicole, and myself, we were discouraged. Just when we were about to give up, we found three more people looking to split a ride. They were fabulous and we finally got to see Venice as it's meant to be seen.
The three of us ended the night with dinner and a walk through the square before calling it a night and making our way back to our island.