September 18, 2012

Lido di Jesolo, Italy - Travels

Lido di Jesolo1

If you have been following me on twitter, then you might know that we are currently "across the pond" in Europe.  We will be here for a couple of months and so I will be blogging our adventures in the coming posts. I know everyone loves it when you pull out the family vacation photo album, right?  ;P

The past several months have been really busy.  I had 3 yearends to finish, hubby was putting in a tremendous amount of overtime and we had to prepare for our trip abroad. Not to mention I had the kids home from school full-time=exhausting. The first thing I said is that we MUST go to a beach to relax, warm our bones and simply do nothing.  I needed to unplug badly so we decided to revisit Lido di Jesolo, which I had posted about last year also.

Lido di Jesolo

Lido di Jesolo is a province of Venice, in the Veneto region of Italy.  15km of beachfront makes way to tourism being their main industry.  Numerous hotels, restaurants and gelaterias and once the sun goes down, shopping, music & imbibing.

You think it would be boring to just be on the beach all day long but it wasn't.  Reading, paddle boats, sandcastles, floating on air mattresses, collecting seashells & playing tic tac toe in the sand.

Viva Italia


Our daily routine consisted of breakfast, heading to the beach, lunch & gelato, back to the beach, dinner and then plenty of walking up and down the streets hitting every shop and another gelato, of course, for the evening.

We also took advantage of drinking plenty of espresso at breakfast and occasionally in the afternoon while the kids ate their gelatos.  Could you imagine paying 1-1.25 Euro (roughly $1.25-$1.50 CDN) for a coffee or a scoop of gelato?  It's a reality here, probably one of many reasons Starbucks is not in Italy.

Beach in Jesolo

Last year we took the ferries to Venice & Burano islands but this time we were content on staying put in one place & soaking up the 30 degree celsius days. Lido di Jesolo has great beaches for the kids as they could venture out further into the water and not worry about it being deep.  Also, the water is calmer with small tides, making it kid friendly.  The glorious blue skies seem to extend right down to the water and I was content to just stare out into the vista, day after day.

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2 comments:

A Canadian Foodie said...

Maki!
LUCKY KIDS! been to Burano and Murano twice - and Venice - thrice - but never went over to the beach... looks divine. Can't imagine flying that far to be at the beach... spent my summers at Sylvan Lake with my parents, and again with my own girls... I would be way too cheap to go so far for such a holiday. Hawaii, maybe... but Venice would beacon and I wonder if I could resist. Your kids are so fortunate to have these wonderful vacations and family memories. The photographs are amazing. Eat any fish? (kidding) Love the food there.
:)
V

Maki said...

Oh no, we would never fly across the pond just to hit a beach! haha. That does sound very extravagant, doesn't it!

We are settling in Austria for the children to go to school for a couple of months here (my inlaws have a home here) and so we thought we would hit the beach before the kids start. It's about a 5 hr drive to Lido di Jesolo from where we are in Austria.

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