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Venice's secret corners
After our jaunt in Slovenia, we returned to the well-planned portion of our trip. After riding three buses and a train yesterday to get from Lake Beld to Venice, we walked out of the train station. We were both stunned to see the canals right in front of us. Everyone knows Venice is a water-city with canal streets, but when we arrived there we both still stopped in our tracks in wonder at this unique place. We quickly found our hostel close to the train station and set out to explore the city under the setting sun. There were dozens and dozens of vendors hawking their cheap and not-so-cheap wares to the even larger hordes of tourists, but we barely noticed them. We were too busy checking out the buildings and the canals. We found a cheap pizzeria and ordered a huge pizza, which we quickly devoured, before heading to bed.
The streets are... canals?!


Today we set out to explore the city in earnest. We hopped on the local transit, large passenger boats which carry you down the canals. Our plan was to see much of the grand canal from the transit boat, but we quickly realized that a lot of other people had the same plan. We hopped off the crowded boat at Piazza San Marco and began exploring by foot instead. The Piazza was full of people, vendors, and pigeons. Overwhelmed, we wandered away until we ended up in an area that seemed completely empty. No tourists, no locals. It was fun to walk around this area and get a feel for Venice without the crowds and vendors on all sides. The buildings all looked like the used to or could be quite beautiful.
Piazza San Marco by day
Many of the were run-down shadows of their former selves. The canals could often smell very bad also. It gave the city an interesting feel. Not quite as romantic as it is made out to be, but unique nonetheless.

In the afternoon we entered the Basilica di San Marco, Venice's main cathedral, which houses the remains of St. Mark, graverobbed from his burial spot in Egypt by two Venetian merchants. The interior of the basilica was very unique; everywhere you looked, it was decorated by beautiful mosaic artwork. We also got a good view of the surrounding Piazza from San Marco's roof. We wandered some more along the Venetian streets and headed back to our favourite cheap pizzeria for dinner (this seems to be our trick, finding a good, cheap restaurant and returning for another meal). At sunset, we decided to take a poor man's gondola ride: another trip on the transit ferries. This time we got a seat in the back and we both enjoyed this late-evening trip down the grand canal very much. We got out at San Marco's again to see what it was like at night. There were still plenty of tourists, photographers, and pigeons, but the nice lights and the ambient music made it very nice. I've decided that the best time to see Venice is at sunset.
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Venices secret corners
Venice's secret corners
The streets are... canals?!
The streets are... canals?!
Piazza San Marco by day
Piazza San Marco by day
Piazza San Marco by night
Piazza San Marco by night
Venice
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