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Sestière di Dorsoduro

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  • Day1

    Die Stadt mit den vielen Brücken

    September 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Um 7.30 starten wir mit dem Zug nach Milano. Dort sind 1.5h Umstiegszeit für den Zug nach Venedig eingeplant. Fazit wir hatten nur 20 Minuten Berspätung, der Zug nach Venedig aber 30 Minuten.
    Irgendwann kommen dann auch wir an und beziehen unser kleines Hotelzimmer. Es ist eher eine Kammer. Aber bequem und sauber. Hoffentlich denken wir in der Nacht an die 3 Stuffen bis zum WC 😂.
    Danach liefen wir ein Mal quer durch Venedig. Auf dem Canale Grande war heute noch eine "Regatta". Wir sahen viele ältere Gondeln welche von Leuten, meist in Originalverkleidung, gefahren wurden. Leider sahen wir nicht so viel, die Sonne brannte einfach zu stark.
    Nach dem anstengenden Spaziergang belohnten wir uns mit einem Aperitiv und später einem guten Abendessen.
    Nun sind wir doch etwas kaputt und freuen uns auf morgen.
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  • Day12

    Day 11. Florence to Venice

    July 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Fast train to Venice. Walk around town (skinny laneways that snake around the town) crossing many bridges / water +++.
    Visit to galleria dell’accadema (housing davinci’s vitruvian man original sketch). Unfortunately no photos allowed.
    More unbelievable site seeing from the water boat.
    Walk around Piazza San Marco to see the magnificent San Marco basilica.
    Gondola ride to finish our Italian leg.
    Goodbye magnificent Italy.
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  • Day15

    Hidden Venice Walking Tour

    August 31, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    6.30pm we are at our meeting point, 'The Accademia of art' for our tour tonight called 'Hidden Venice' by Dark Rome Tours.

    Martina is our guide and she is gorgeous and bubbly.

    I am looking forward to this as it will occupy my mind which is sick with grief.

    We walk through a quiet part of the city and it is peaceful.

    Now I type as I walk and listen-

    Venice is in a lagoon, the grand canal is the main highway.

    There is only one piazza - St Marco, all other squares are called 'campiello' meaning field, because they were originally covered in grass

    They are forever fighting a battle for the survival of the city re sinking. The islands originated from needing protection via the water from barbarian invasions.
    They filled in the lagoon with wood and seeds and anything they could.

    Prosecco is the wine they drink at 6.00pm. They eat 'chickpetti' and fish - nibbles. Only children are allowed to ride bikes here up to the age of 11. Adults get a fine.

    We pass an old wooden building where the Gondola repairs and building occurs. Each person owns their gondola. They need to strong to steer and propel with one oar.

    11 metres long, 50 different types of wood in the making of a gondala to make it flexible.
    50,000euros to have one made. 300,000 for the licence. It is a privileged career. Over 400 hours of study. Only 350 gondoliers licenced in city. It is passed down through the generations to the males. They have only one female who stands in for others.

    The production of oil, ie factories, is off the island.
    Tourism is the only industry.

    Giudecca, is the island over from us. I thought it was Lido!! Where the film festival is currently being held.
    Lido is the strip of land 11 km long btn the Adriatic and the lagoon. A sandbar. It is far off. Damn.

    For their justice system, people could put scrolls with 2 witness names into a sculptured lions mouth on a doorway to denounce a criminal.

    A 'Fundamental' is a street with the water at the side.

    Many passages.
    Low buildings, the highest is 9 floors,

    The plague killed thousands.

    Very quiet and safe in the paths around Venice. Minimum crimes. As no where to escape.

    Walking is the fastest way around. No cars. 30 mins walk from one side to the other.

    The foundation is on mud, sand, wooden slats, it was built up. The wood petrified with the salt.

    The walls of all buildings are made with iron bars for stability.

    We walked to see St Marco from across the water. The lights are coming on all around us. With a pink sunset. The air is warm and the light everywhere is amazing, like a soft glow.

    We hop on for our gondola ride, which is quiet and slow amidst the lapping water.

    It drops us to the other side and the tour is over, we walked back to our hotel. Watched a movie called 'McFarland USA' with Kevin costner dubbed in Italian. I get the gist.

    I have no appetite and not much sleep for me.
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  • Day72

    Getting to know Venice

    August 28, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    After breakfast we walked around getting an idea of the layout- winding canals and so, so many bridges. In the afternoon we did a walking tour which included a visit inside St Mark's (San Marcus) square and Basilica. The entire multi domed ceiling is tiled with Venician glass depicting both the Old & New Testaments. A lot of gold! It is unbelievable. Unfortunately we couldn't take photos inside. After the tour & leaving from the beautiful Rialto Bridge, we had a boat ride down the Grand Canal and some of the smaller ones. Wonderful day but very hot and a storm is now brewing.Read more

  • Day2

    Lost in Venice

    November 2, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We almost made the mistake of getting on the boat that would have taken us to the boat via the airport, about a two-hour addition to our schedule. Such an option was not acceptable to us, because we needed to return to our boat by 2:30 pm in order to join the group that was to visit one of the Murano art glass factories on Giudecca Island.

    On the vaporetto I decided to go astern to photograph St. Mark’s Square from the water. There was a German family there with a father who acted as though he wanted to be the commandant of the whole world. Unlike his sons, he never acknowledged that I was even sitting in front of him. When I took their picture, he looked straight up, as though if he were not looking at me, then I could not see him.

    We returned to St. Marta’s, in view of the ship. The only problem was that we found a locked gate between us and our boat. We asked a policeman on a bicycle how to get back to the ship. He told us, in broken English, to get on the “People Mover,” and to get off at the first stop. This would lead us to the street we saw on the other side of the chain-link fence going to the River Countess. With some confusion and difficulty we made our way to the People Mover and found our way to the ticket machine and up one storey to the loading platform. After just a few seconds I saw that we passed over the road leading back to the ship, and continued to travel toward downtown Venice. The sense of helplessness was palpable. We got off at the next exit, and found that we were in the Piazza le Romana. Both Jim and I had maps. We charted a course back to the ship and started making our way south. Unfortunately, there were several places where the name of the street did not precisely line up with the street’s location. Betty and Glenda got worried, though Jim and I basically knew where we were, and were confident that eventually we would make it back to the ship. We wandered through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Though I did not know it at the time, this walk through a less visited part of Venice would be one of the high points of the whole trip for me. When we saw the ship we hit another obstacle. We were separated from it by a chain link fence with a locked gate. So we had to backtrack several blocks, trying to remember exactly where the ship was until we hit a street that went without obstruction to the south. Finally we found one, and came out at the ship. We did manage to get back to the River Countess in time to go to the glassworks on Giudecca Island.
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  • Day8

    Venice Academia

    November 8, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Art historian Susan taught us all afternoon in the Venice Academy of Art. Her lessons were simple enough for us beginners, though one could tell she was accomplished in her field. I could not escape my impression: other galleries throughout the world have a smattering of art from Venice's golden age. Here in the city of its birth, Venetian art is ubiquitous. It was overwhelming.Read more

  • Day4

    Venice

    October 31, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    I'm not going to write much because I don't have an adaptor to charge my phone with, and I want to use my phone to find our way to the ship tomorrow. We landed in Venice in the late morning. Today was spent wandering over bridges and through narrow winding streets, finding our way to Hotel dalla Moro, and then our parents' hotel. Venice is confusing and gorgeous and very crowded. Here are some unedited photos.Read more

  • Day1

    Alilaguna

    May 6, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Aber wir sind ja nicht zum Vergnügen hier... 😁
    Also verlassen wir die Aidablu erstmal wieder, und besteigen, nach erfolgreichem Ticketkauf, am Hafen ein Wassertaxi Alilaguna, um in 20 min zum Markusplatz zu fahren.

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