Piazza San Marco

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  • Day40

    A day in Venice

    September 1, 2017 in Italy

    After yesterdays events, it was a slow start today [again]. This apartment is in the heart of Venice, a few yards from St Marks square. It's not the regent queen's style, more of a blokes appartment with heaps of space, 4 rooms, good size bathroom with a useable bath, good air conditioning, the list goes on - very happy.

    We started the day with a healthy hotel breakfast and we were off. The hotel asked if we could leave the key at reception, as we did they offered us a free trip to Murano Island and a free demonstration of glass blowing - we said thanks. I guess they thought we were wealthy because we were given our own guide and shown around the 11 show rooms of Murano Glass, each piece well over €1000 - I would say average of €3000 - they did offer free postage on items over €1000! After the guided tour we were offered a look at items in the gift shop ... phew, things we could afford.

    We had a walk around Murano Island, stopped for a beer and wine, then took the free boat home - one of those Italian speed boats - I felt like James Bond or someone from the Italian Job.

    Later in the afternoon we went for a walk - just walk in any direction and see where you end up- is great. It was so hot that I had to buy a hat. Had some gelato - fantastic. We ended up in the Hard Rock cafe - staff were very friendly and so that was most enjoyable.

    Venice is perfect for just wandering around - there is a surprise around every corner - so many shops and while they look a little messy on the outside, inside these shops are like a wonderland. Venice is living up to my expectations.

    Rain is forecast for tomorrow - should not affect the shopping.

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  • Day23


    December 5, 2017 in Italy

    Learnt something new about Venice on the walking tour. Venice is shaped like a fish from an aerial view and is made up of 118 islands joined by over 40 bridges. Every island has three key things. A church, a well and a campo which is a tiny area for the people to meet and engage socially. So consequently, Venice has 120 churches on this tiny lagoon. No cars are allowed past the train station. So to get around you either walk, ferry, private water taxi or by gondola which is the most expensive mode of all.Read more

  • Day41

    Venice is made for Italians

    September 2, 2017 in Italy

    Yesterday we explored the San Marco area of Venice, closest to our Hotel - we still got lost deliberately and saw plenty of interesting sights.

    Today we headed towards the Rialto Bridge. If you haven't been to Venice, you must.

    There's no traffic in the streets apart form the occasional porter with a trolley load of suitcases. The street/lanes are generally wide enough for about 5 people to walk side by side, but on many occasions only 3 people can pass. There is shop after shop after shop. And get this, no "doof doof" music in the shops. The lanes are paved in well trodden stones - not many rough cobble stones - it is warm and friendly. The Italians always greet you with great happiness and love a laugh.

    Its not far to the Rialto Bridge, you could walk it in about 15 minutes I reckon - but rushing is not the way to do it, you must take your time, look around you and above, watch the Gondolas navigate tricky bends in the canals and enjoy yourself.

    Yes there are tourists everywhere - its packed - but that's okay, as I said, no need to rush, just go at your own pace. Having said that, I didn't enjoy the big crowds in St Marks square - too much bumping into people and trying to avoid being part of their 'selfies'.

    The Rialto bridge has 3 sets of stairs, one on each side and one up the middle. Between the stairs are two rows of apartments. Covering the bridge are hundreds of people trying to take photos of themselves and their glamorous partners.

    We bought more gifts to take home, sat and had a drink - Mary had a Aperol Spritz. It was very nice, refreshing and not too sweet.

    For the evening meal we wandered down some back streets to a family restaurant. A huge rain downpour started and lasted for about 30 minutes - it was fun watching people getting soaked in the rain. For the hell of it we tried the set menu - 4 courses. First we had a cold meat platter, then a pasta dish [nice] and then ... a deep fried processed meat of some sort in bred crumbs and chips (disgusting) and then we finished with dessert, I had apple cake and Mary had Tiramisu (saving the day). The waiter said we ordered the deep fried thing - I don't think we did. Wont go back there.

    Back to our room I have bought a little bottle of Grappa - thank goodness I didn't buy a big one - not my style of drink.

    Tomorrow, although thunder storms are forecast for the afternoon [they don't last long] we will head to the island of Burano.

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  • Day42

    Peter & Mary in the Venice Regatta

    September 3, 2017 in Italy

    Last night Mary washed my shirt, she has done an almightily job with the washing, only been to the launderette once, and washed twice at friends places - and yet I have always had a full supply of clean clothes. The problem with last nights washing was that I had left my valid water ferry ticket in the pocket.

    Today I was very keen to take the ferry up the Grand Canal. We went to the ticket office but the lady could not give me a replacement because all the writing and been washed off. For a laugh, she tried the card on the magnetic reader and surprise - it still worked. Without hesitation I boarded the next ferry. Seeing Venice from the water via all the canals is important because this is the way the city is meant to be seen - you get the see the front of the buildings. It was a bright sunny day and we thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride - especially under the Rialto bridge. And by the way, four James Bond movies have included scenes from the canal.

    When we got off the ferry we went for a walk in the market in the Castello area, having already explored the San Marco and Rialto areas. We stopped for a drink and Mary had another Aperol. The annual Venice Historical Regatta was on today, the crowds were big, VIP's were in town, there was to be a parade of VIP's include the Doge's boat, historical craft and boat races.

    The Regatta was due to start at around 2pm so we had time for a walk through the San Paolo area. It was nice to see tall trees in some parts - most of Venice is pavement or water. We got back to the Rialto Bridge but nothing was happening. I stood in the sun and took some photos while Mary stayed in the shade - it was getting a bit boring especially as we couldn't understand what was being said in the public address. We decided to have our Gondola ride - €80 for 25 minutes in the Grand Canal and up some side canals.

    The Gondolier pulled out into the middle of the canal, between police and media boats. The crowds were 10 deep and lined the shores and every vantage point - we waved, they waved back, one pretty young girl even made a heart symbol in her hands for us. We took photos of the crowd and they took photos of us - think I was humming the final lines of "the little white bull"!

    We then turned down a side canal - it was so quiet. Gondola rides are a must have in Venice, even if you have been on one before. We went past Marco Polo's house - he apparently went to China for 25 years? We passed the oldest palace in Venice, still used as a family home.

    Now it was time to return to the mourning - but the Grand Parade had started. We pulled out in front of the Doge's boat which had 19 rowers, priests and drummers and old trumpet horns players, we swerved and missed them - but more were coming, VIP boats, boats with royalty [dress ups I think] and more. They were coming up the Canal ... and we were going down. The crowds were cheering - not at us I expect. Our Gondolier kept looking for a place to cross through the parade - he tried to claim right of way against a dragon boat of women in pink - no chance, they screamed at him and pointed at us - I expect that they were saying he was putting the lives of his passengers at risk! Eventually a school boy crew was coming up the canal and our man just bullied his way through - safely to our mourning - what an adventure - and the best seat in the house to see the Grand Parade. A trip of a life time.

    The camera was full so we came back to the hotel to load photos onto the computer and to unravel what we had just been through.

    Being a good Boy Scout, I then went to the ferry terminal to check on times for our ferry to the airport tomorrow - no problems ferries at 20 mins past and 50 mins past the hour.

    Dinner was at a local pizza shop then home to get ready from tomorrow.

    Tomorrow we fly to Stockholm via Copenhagen.

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  • Day213

    A city like no other

    June 29, 2016 in Italy

    Let us start this post by simply stating that Venice is incredible. We had an amazing time here and can only wish that we had more than a day to spend in the city (not that we really have the budget for that). The physical landscape (canals, taxi boats etc.) is well known, but until you actually see it, it's hard to fathom a city built entirely on water. Even Amsterdam, another city with a network of canals, has streets with cars, parallel parking and bike paths. Venice is simply boats and narrow alleys, piazzas, and canals small and large.

    Just wandering around the city felt like going back in time, with small shops that dated back hundreds of years. Venice historically was a wealthy, intellectually advanced society built on trade with both the east and west, and the architecture and artistic choices of the city reflect this. It was clear that despite the oligarchic rule of the city, the populace was well-supported and public services were valued. Touring the former residencies and state palaces in the Museo Correr and Palazzo Ducale was a clear reminder of this, as the immense frescoes covering the walls and gold-gilted ceilings made it clear they valued public service.

    We spent a whirlwind day in the city, also touring the mammoth Saint Mark's cathedral, dining at a classic street café, ate gelato beside a small canal and took more pictures than we have in weeks. We would have loved to have more time, but at least we know we'll definitely be back :)
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  • Day2

    Markusplatz und co.

    April 10, 2017 in Italy

    Nach einer amüsanten Einkaufstour durch einen kleinen italienischen Supermarkt haben wir uns nach Venedig aufgemacht. Nach dem Markusplatz musste erst einmal das Hard Rock Cafe sein. 🍔Das gemütliche Bummeln durch die engen Gassen und ein leckeres Eis haben den Tag abgerundet.

  • Day158

    Heute machten wir uns nach einer Nacht mit Zug-, Schiff- und Fluglärm von unserem Stellplatz direkt am Park San Giuliano auf in die Altstadt von Venedig. Die Sonne gab alles und der Himmel war strahlend blau.

    Ein Bus brachte uns bis zum Bahnhof (Piazzale Roma) und nach ein paar Metern ergriff uns der besondere Flair, welcher von den alten Häusern und den zahlreichen Kanälen mit den Gondeln ausging. Wir hatten uns für eine Tour quer durch Venedig entschieden und zum Glück waren dank der Jahreszeit nicht so viele Touristen (wie wir 😊) unterwegs!

    Wir kamen aus dem Fotografieren gar nicht mehr heraus! So viele Kirchen (90) und jeder Kanal mit seinen kleinen Brücken (435) schien schöner als der vorherige zu sein. Auf dem Campo San Polo machten wir unsere erste Pause in der Sonne und beobachteten mit einem Gelati in der Hand die vorbeiziehenden Menschen. Am trubeligen Canale Grande (Hauptverkehrsstraße durch Venedig) mit den vielen Booten und der Rialtobrücke kamen wir uns vor wie in einem Film. Doch so richtig fiel uns die Kinnlade herunter als wir auf den Markusplatz kamen und sich der Markusdom in all seiner Pracht erhob. Was für ein tolles Bauwerk!

    Zum Schluss ging es entlang des Meeres zurück zum Bahnhof und nach sechs Stunden machten wir uns sehr zufrieden, aber auch erschöpft, auf den Rückweg zu unserem Stellplatz!
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  • Day1

    Dinner on Day1

    March 26 in Italy

    We let the chef choose for us and we got two sea bass with potatoes and cherry tomatoes. For dessert we had limoncello, anisetta, and maddie had a coffee. On the walk back to the hotel we came across a street vendor selling donuts and roasted nuts so we got a bag of candied roasted hazelnuts.

  • Day73

    Venice - St Mark's Square

    October 12, 2015 in Italy

    Seeing as we had only one night in Venice and the next day's walking tour wouldn't cover the highly touristy places, we used another Rick Steves audio guide to show us around. It was actually pretty empty - pro tip for avoiding the crowds: go when it's cold and dark! :P
    There were still the small bands playing at the restaurants (#1) and we saw just the outside of St Mark's Basilica (#2) and the nearby Doge's palace (#3) and over-hyped bridge of sighs (#4).
    On the way back to our hostel we stopped at a traditional Venetian restaurant for a sampling of cicheti (Venetian tapas, at Venetian prices, ouch!). Also there were lots of shops selling masks (to do with the historical Venetian Carnival) - I thought #6 was particularly creepy at night.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Piazza San Marco, Markusplatz, ميدان سان ماركو, Müqəddəs Mark meydanı, Плошча Сан-Марка, Сан Марко, Plaça de Sant Marc, Náměstí svatého Marka, Markuspladsen, Placo de Sankta Marko, Plaza de San Marcos, San Marko plaza, میدان سن مارکو, Pyhän Markuksen tori, Place Saint-Marc, Trg Svetog Marka, כיכר סן מרקו, Trg svetog Marka, Szent Márk tér, サン・マルコ広場, 산마르코 광장, Markusplaz, Плоштад Свети Марко, San Marcoplein, Markusplassen, Plac św. Marka w Wenecji, Praça de São Marcos, Piața San Marco, Площадь Святого Марка, Námestie svätého Marka, Markusplatsen, Площа Святого Марка, Piasa San Marco, Quảng trường San Marco, 圣马可广场

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