Views from the room.
Long time exposures last night at Rialto then sunrise this morning.
We had come to Venice via Salzburg, but our friends Gael, Helen, Garry and Vince had travelled here by car, and were staying across the water in Venice Mestra. We knew that we would have one day in common in Venice, so we agreed to meet them at St Marks today at an appointed time.
Rae and I were keen again to explore. This place has so much to offer, so we made our way on foot, along a slightly different route, passing churches, statues, squares, canals, and of course many tourists and many shops! It was quite hot, but it was easy to take refuge in the shops when needed. We arrived in St Marks, but it was a while before the others arrived, but we eventually they arrived and we had a joyous reunion. We spent a lot of time browsing through shops - everyone was looking for souvenirs to take home, and when a group gets bigger, there's a lot of waiting around for the perfect gift. We were also keen not to get ripped off, and some of the shops seemed a lot more expensive than others. There were many selling masks, and many selling glass and we eventually found a couple with reasonable prices.
All this shopping of course made us hungry, and we found a square and a cafe that suited us, although we were out in the sun. Helen and Garry decided to buy a couple of hats.
Rae had also worked up a thirst so asked for a large beer. Large it definitely was - probably a couple of pints worth. We sat around and had a great laugh before we explored more, shopped more and ended up exhausted! What great memories we'll have of this day!Read more
With our friends continuing on their car trip, Rae and I had one full day more to explore Venice. Not much to report other than that we decided to do one full circuit of the Grand Canal and ended up getting out at Academia which we hadn't explored yet. The canal trip took us around past the cruise ship port, and we also encountered a few rude tourists, trying to squeeze past us to give themselves a better view, and consequently blocking ours. Rae decided enough was enough and told them so, and when they eventually got off, several others heartily congratulated him!
I was continually fascinated by the 'back door' of many of the dwellings, or delivery entrance - straight off a canal. On foot, I continued to take photo after photo, we wandered inside museums theaters and churches and marveled at the extent of the sights. We stopped at a hotel and asked could we get a coffee - it was a most elaborate presentation of pots, jugs, cups, saucers, cookies, tea bags, sugar, all presented in silverware and on a sliver tray. Can't remember how much it cost!!
We continued to explore and eventually stopped to eat at Ostaria al Garanghelo to enjoy our last evening dinner in Venice.Read more
The streets on the approach to Piazza San Marco house the shops with no prices in the window...Fendi, Prada, Chanel and co...rather beyond our price range (and, indeed, interest!). The square itself houses the beautiful Doge's Palace and other museums that we visited last time we were here. Instead, we took the opportunity to do something new - the Campanile.
Last time, the queue was rather too lengthy but we were fortunate this time...so we made the decision to brave the stairs and climb the famous tower of Piazza San Marco for fantastic views over Venice. So it was a welcome surprise to find the short queue ended in a lift - hurrah!
The views from the top were superb - out over the islands of Murano and Giudecca as well as the numerous churches, towers and a sea of Mediterranean-orange rooftops.
From the Piazza waterfront, we grabbed a vaporetto back to the Piazza de la Roma up the Grand Canal and under the Rialto bridge. The Number 1 line was rather leisurely, stopping at every stop on the way, but gave us excellent time to enjoy the sights of the waterfront that cannot be reached on foot.
After checking in to the Costa Luminosa at the cruise terminal, our departure took us south of Giudecca and have us lovely views from our balcony of Venice at night.Read more
Wir nehmen noch einen kurzen Drink in einer Nähe des Hotels gelegenen Bar ein und gönnen uns dann eine kurze Erholungspause im Hotel, bevor uns dann demnächst auf den Weg zum Hard Rock Café machen, wo wir heute zu Abend essen werden.
First stop in Italy, Venice! We also visited 3 nearby islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
Tour through the grand canal followed by a Spritz while listening to live music in St Marks Square
You might also know this place by the following names:
Piazzetta San Marco