September 18, 2012
Lido di Jesolo, Italy - Travels
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 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.
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.
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.