But, the couple I met in the Postoyna Cave live in Italy now and they told me to get a Venice Card, which is like a metro card or all day pass to public transportation in any big city. Definitely a money saver.
Found the hostel, checked in and changed, and about two hours after arriving in the city, was finally ready to go exploring.
I hopped back on the boat at the Zitelle stop, just two away from San Marco, which was my first stop. Visited the Basillica, in just 30 minutes, since the bag check closed at 5 and they wouldn't let me in with my little backpack.
Considered a trip up to the top of the tower across from the church, but for €8, I figured the postcard was cheaper. You're supposed to be able to see all of Venice and on a clear day, as far as Slovenia and Croatia, but it wasn't that clear.
They say the best way to see Venice is to get lost. So I did. For hours, just wandered through the alleys, over bridges, and when I couldnt walk another step, rode the boat all the way around the city back to the hostel.
But after a few minutes in the hostel, I got restless, so I went back out. Debating whether I should buy dinner or Murano glass earrings. Those are made from glass blown on Murano Island, between Venice and the mainland. I opted for lasagna, because I was too hungry and I already have glass jewelry from London. They make great glass pieces in Slovenia anyway, and it costs about half.
Ran into two ladies from California and we wandered around some. They were hilarious and we found some streets and parts of the city I hadn't seen earlier, mostly because we were lost again.
Alright folks, its late and Im tired, so will post more tomorrow!