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Views of Venice from the car ferry from Greece

Arrived here by car ferry from Greece at 8.30am and it must be just the best way to arrive!  Another bright sparkling day and from  a height about 7 storeys up the view is fantastic.  Disembarked and found a multi-storey car park to leave the van in and set off to catch a canal bus.  For 5 euro single we take the No 1 and chug down the Grand Canal.  About 12 stops later we get out at Piazza San Marco and join the queues to look at St Mark's Basilisa.  Worth noting that you are unable to take even a day back pack into the Basilica and they do not have facilities at the entrance to store them.  I waited outside with the pack so that Andrew could go in then we swapped.  The guide book we have warn that the cafes surrounding the square are very expensive but I am desperate for a coffee and we both want a toilet break and sit down at one.

Bridge of Sighs

While Andrew uses the facilities I notice on the menu there is a music charge of 4.50 euros per person!!  There is a 5 piece band playing on a podium spasmodically.  reading the info in the menu it is said that Lizt and his son-in-law ( ???  famous composer too) used to spend and hour there each day in 1769.  Let's just say that the two coffees plus musician surcharge and tip cost us 30 euros, so be warned!!  Dorge's Palace was next then a walk to the Frari Church to look at the paintings and statues.  I have been mulling over the exclusivity of the paintings and statues we have been seeing in Europe and if you were a female baby or child or black you were unlikely to get painted or sculpted.

From the ferry
  Suddenly find in this church a huge sculpture in which 4 black men are depicted.  Needless to say they appear to be enslaved as they are wearing torn, ragged clothing and carrying heavy sacks.  This amazing sculpture also incorporates 2 ghastly skeletons.  Off to the left of the altar I see a large oil painting of bishops and priests gathered around.   In the foreground seemingly ignored by the others, stands a man in a loin cloth with an arrow through his middle.  He appears not to have noticed this, nor have any of the group bothered to tell him or offer first aid! 

The shopping streets are endless and the quality of the goods first class.  Good food, fashion, venitian glass waremasks, silver jewelry, shoes and fresh produce.

That cafe, expensive coffee and musicians
  We buy two un-painted, papier mache masks to take home to try our hand at creating something wonderful.  As we started sight-seeing early we collected our car in the mid afternoon and headed north.  At 4.30pm we have arrived near the Italian border in the Friuilli area and find a camp at Gemona de Friulli.  It is at the foot of towering mountains that have glimpses of snow on up the valley.  Shop at a local supermarket, stocking up on fresh foods.  The camp is cheap at 14 E, hot water is heated by solar.  Cuckoos call out and there again seem to be Netherlanders and Germans touring judging by the plates on the campervans.  

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Views of Venice from the car ferry…
Views of Venice from the car ferr…
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
From the ferry
From the ferry
That cafe, expensive coffee and mu…
That cafe, expensive coffee and m…
Viewed from ferry in morning
Viewed from ferry in morning
Along the canals
Along the canals
Our camp at Gemona de Friuilli and…
Our camp at Gemona de Friuilli an…
gondolas
gondolas
Window of a mask shop
Window of a mask shop
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