OFF TO VENICE AND FUSINA CAMPSITE …
SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 1976
“Up early. Rolled the foamies!!
The foamies are explained in a letter home: “we’re quite efficient at getting up, fed and tents packed etc in 1 and a half hours (up at 6 every travelling day!) The worst job in the morning is rolling the foamies (that go under our sleeping bags) and squeezing them all in between 2 sets of seats; they are rather temperamental things and tend to spring out and flow into the gangway if not given their due attention.”
Left for Venice. Good card games at the back. Scenery of hills, trees and picturesque houses – tunnels etc (hopeless to try and read!) Then fog descended and saw nothing.
Got to Fusina after lunch – cabins not tents!! Seems nice campsite but lots of mosquitoes.
My letter home says: “The campsite was really rather luxurious – hot showers and what’s more we managed to book into cabins and so got a bed! It may have been rather flea infested but it was real high living.”
Run into Venice briefly in afternoon and saw gondolas tied up by canals, lovely bridges; not time to see much else (apart from station).
Evening spent in the bar of camp – Fusina is rather famous for rowdy evenings in the bar because the camp is always full of bus tours! Graffiti on walls, exuberant barmen etc. Eventually only Julie, Paul, Mark and me left, retired to bus – few others there. Sat at back listening to Supertramp.
We’ve had t-shirts designed with Asian Greyhound on – the design is a bus inside a large carafe of wine! ”
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This campsite was used as the setting in my novel THE VANISHING OF RUTH to introduce one of the key characters – the charismatic Marcus.