19.06.2013 - 19.06.2013 32 °C
We took a vacation from our trip today, and spent the day at one of Jesolo's beaches. However, getting there was another thing. We drove around looking for a beach and a parking spot for over an hour before we finally found a couple that weren't private or too expensive. One of the beaches charged twenty euros per umbrella, which you couldn't sit on the beach without. Another only had seats for those who were staying at a nearby hotel. We eventually found one that "only" charged twelve euros, and collapsed panting underneath the shade of the umbrellas. The beach was crowded with locals and tourists alike, as well as vendors weaving their way through the lounge chairs, trying to sell us everything from sunglasses to Chinese massages.
It was blisteringly hot at 32 °C, and the sea felt unbelievably warm. Still, it was a relief after baking in the sun and burning our toes on the sand. It seems that there is less discrimination about swimsuit wearing here in Italy. Old or young, big or small, anyone can wear a bikini or a Speedo. There were even a few women that had decided to go topless. It might be partially due to the fact that it's so incredibly warm, but I think it's refreshing to see this freedom to bare all. It just takes a little getting used to.
When we got home, we were greeted with an air-conditioned house and our hosts' friendly dog, Leo. We all got a little bit burnt, even Abby and Mom, who had slathered themselves in sunscreen. Dad and I are the lucky ones, as any time we burn it tends to turn into a tan. Mom usually retains a slightly red glow, while poor Abby blisters and peels. In any case, we all look sun-kissed.