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A Day at the Beach

By Hannah

sunny 32 °C
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Jesolo Beach

Jesolo Beach

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.

Posted by KZFamily 11:45 Archived in Italy Tagged beach italy veneto jesolo

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Hi family,
So you have finally arrived in a hot country. The picture of the beach with all the umbrellas wetted my appetite. That is a gold-mine!!!! Ben with a small investment you can make a good living.
It is nice that you are able to take some vacation. I suspect that there are more fun-days ahead of you. Thanks for keeping us up-todate Opa.

by G Koning

21:55 pst 06/22/2013
Expressing oneself nude and in any outfit is a very European aspect of beaches which a lot of North Americans and others have difficulty with.
As you say refreshing though I hope liberal dose of sunscreen was applied.
For ourselves , we are not used to see beaches that have rows of people. It is a wonder they did not charge extra per row the closer one is to the water.
At 32C I would be looking for a very large umbrella or shaded beach house.
I guess we are spoiled as in Barbados though the tourist side of the Island can be hot they do not have rows laid out per your picture. Yes, vendors do come around as you said, selling everything and vendors provide chairs and umbrellas but a much lower rate.
My skin becomes a rash and bubbles up in the first few days so I tend to apply 30- 45SPF and wear a shirt. That type of sun can burn anyone even in the water moving around/
Sounds like you all had a great time

by RobBar

Rob, your travel experience serves you well: they did indeed charge more for the umbrellas as the rows came closer to the beach. The back ones started at 15 euro/day with the first row by the water being 20 euro/day. Then, at the cheaper beach (where we stayed), the 12 euro rate was for the last row (about 8 rows back from the water).

by KZFamily

09:26 psr 06/23/2013
Muriel, chuckle, talk about tent city!

by RobBar

Talk about regimented. Were you allowed to carry your towels closer to the water or did you have to leave them at your lounger?

It's a bit odd that Italians are so casually dressed at the beach when they are usually so well groomed.

by Jane1

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