Venice, Italy

Friday, August 8, 2014

The water taxi is the only way to get from the train station to
Venice.  Amazing this city still goes along since it is at the
water's mercy since 700 AD.  It is something to see :)

This is the Rialto Bridge, one of the world's most famous bridges
for its dramatic stone that crosses the Grand Canal.  It features
many lots of tourist shops and is quite a sight
One of the streets in Venice.  Every street looks this way...
and it is very easy to get lost in Venice (as we did many times)
June 24, 2014

Visiting Venice was a must to me.  I will say we really only needed a single day and night to experience it though.  Highlights of the trip are St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.  A fact I didn't know until we were in Venice is that Mark's bones were brought to Venice by two merchants before they were to be destroyed in Alexandria, Egypt.  The Bridge of Sighs was incredible too (the bridge inside Doge's Palace where criminals would have to go over it on their way to prison and they would "sigh" as they would see their final view of beautiful Venice before going to prison).

I think I will let the photos tell about the two days we spent in Venice...
St Mark's Square in front of the basilica
You'll notice the water behind floods
just about every night because of the tide.  That's
water filling up into the steps of St. Mark's church

What a great photo of the Bridge of Sighs

Chloe in front of a gondola cruising by

The Gondolas were neat in the canals of Venice.
Drivers have to duck under the bridges

Notice all that water in front of St. Mark's Basilica  
Look at these two goofing off in front of our hotel :)

A view of our hotel lobby which was on the second floor.  Our
hotel in Venice was Hotel la Residenza which was great,
clean and featured a good breakfast

Duh, the World Cup was on while in Venice when Italy lost
to Costa Rica...we were a couple blocks from St. Mark's
where this crowd gathered to watch the match

St. Mark's Square

The day we were in Venice it rained and thankfully only this
day and the last on our 19 day trip in Italy.  Chloe is
cracking me up in this selfie

Rainy St. Mark's

Pretty much on top of St. Mark's is Doge's Palace, here Chloe
is standing over the courtyard.  The palace was known as the
most powerful half acre in Europe for 400 years.  Built to
show off their power and wealth, the palace is wallpapered
with masterpieces by Veronese and Tintoretto.  It was
an outstanding place to visit

Selfie over the Rialto Bridge

Before dinner in Venice

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