Chapter 3•Aschenbach takes the trip of a lifetime—he heads to an island off the coast of Istria (Croatia today), but bad weather and even worse tourists drives him away.•Later on, he realizes where he should have gone in the first place: Venice, of course.•While watching the other travelers in the boat on the way, to Venice, Aschenbach notices a group of young men,. When he looks more closely, however, Aschenbach that one of the young men is actually an old man, evidently trying to impress his younger friends by matching their antics. The boat arrives in Venice. As Aschenbach waits to disembark, he gets a closer look at the old man masquerading as a youth; he's drunk now, and Aschenbach feels angry about this.•Aschenbach gets off the boat, but doesn't manage to avoid an encounter with the old guy, who, still drunk, old, and pretty gross, offers his "compliments" to Aschenbach's "sweetheart."•Aschenbach now boards a gondola (he’s in Venice’s cannals). The rower tells him that he’ll take him to the hotel directly even if he insists otherwise. At his hotel on Lido, an island near Venice, Aschenbach finds out the guy didn't have a license.•In the hotel, he notices a Polish family sitting near him in the dining room. Actually, to be more specific, he notices the family's only boy, who's about fourteen years old. Aschenbach can't believe his eyes: This kid is as a beautiful as a Greek statue.