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beware of parking in mestre!

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after reading advice from myriads of people, we decided to park our car in mestre when spending the weekend in venice. huge mistake!!! altho some travelers advised leaving the car on the street near the train station we were hesitant to do so. someone had written that parking is available right across from the station for only 5 euros a day. if that is indeed the case, we sure could not find it anywhere. we parked from fri to sun (about noon to noon) in october and it cost us 42 euros. there were 2 lots across from the station and their fees were similar.

from here the troubles began! we wanted to leave our 2 big bags at the mestre station and take only our weekender along with us. the station (no lockers by the way, just one big open room) wanted 20 euros per bag for the weekend. so much for that idea- we decided we would just drag the luggage along with us.

unbeknownst to us, this past friday there was a one day strike in italy (or maybe just the venice area?) no buses, no local trains. we bought our tkts and ended up waiting for nearly 2 hrs for a train that never came! there were no info booths open either and the train officials who were there refused to be of any assistance. one man, when asked, told us that we should wait on platform #2 instead of #1 where the trains for venice usually come in. i was a bit wary of this advice, but in any event we carried our luggage up and down two long flts of stairs (no elevators here) all the way to platform #2 only to realize that we had just missed the one train of the day to venice that just departed from platform #1 as it was supposed to do! the savvy italians apparently knew enuf to wait at various other platforms for intercity trains that were stopping in mestre on their way to venice. we were too un-knowledgeable of the way things work to do that.

after wasting so much valuable time, we finally ended up taking a taxi to venice for the fee of 35 euro, due to the excessive amnt of traffic on the road leading into venice. in short, i would never recommend this method again unless you really know what you are doing. and certainly make sure there is no train strike that day! this was a classic case of penny wise and pound foolish!

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