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My favorite shot - pigeons in the fog

We woke up and went down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast; as it was included in our price, and Venice is VERY expensive, we weren't about to turn it down! 

After filling ourselves with enough coffee, bread, fruit and cheese, we headed out for our day.  First, it was our chance to view Saint Mark's Square in the daylight.  Our hotel was directly off from the square, so we didn't have far to go.

It was stunning in the fog.  So beautiful, I had never seen anything like it.  We spent some time just walking around it, took some pictures, and then headed into St. Mark's Cathedral to walk around.  It was really lovely.  It's funny... I guess I thought maybe in a big, old cathedral like that, I would have more of a sense of worship; and while it was very pretty, I didn't feel anything else.

Empty streets at every turn
  I felt the history, but not what I thought I might in a church.  I don't know how to explain it.  I think it was just that it was too touristy now, and also it was SO big and fancy, and I kind of respond more to the smaller more humble churches.

Anyway, we left the Cathedral and that's when we learned about the clock in the square - it is a 24 hour clock, and at midnight will ring out 24 times, as opposed to the more typical 12.  The mystery of the night before was solved.

We proceeded to wander the streets, beginning by heading out behind the left side of the Cathedral away from the square, and then choosing the alleys and paths that struck our fancy.  Neither of us could get over how empty the streets were; time after time we would turn down a path, and be the only people on it; it was like we rented out Venice for our own private exploration.

What Venice is
 

We found an internet cafe to quickly write home.  I got a call from Dario in Rome, to make final plans for the day we would see him in Rome. 

Finally, we made our way around to Grand Canal, and the Bridge of Sighs, which had been my big goal for Venice - to take a good, up close look at the Bridge of Sighs.  It was lovely, and ancient, and all the romance of all the old stories seemed so close at that instant; like you could almost still see the ghosts of the past crossing it.

We headed away from the Grand Canal and started wandering towards the Rialto, although we didn't know it at the time.  We found more un-populated squares, and then had our first real Venetian meal at a small restaurant we found on a side street.

Misty canal; Venice is a ghost town.
  I no longer remember the name... the food was nice but not amazing. 

After lunch we began to head back towards the hotel and were stopped by a gondolier who offered us a boat ride for 70 Euros.  This was on the lower end of what our research had said they were, and we had been interested to see Venice from a gondola, since people say you see a completely different view of Venice on them - so we said yes. 

He lead us to the gondola, and we got in.  The ride began really well, and I was glad we did it.   He had a lot of information about the city and it's history, and was great at pointing out special buildings, bridges, etc.   Then at some point, he showed us the house that the famous Casanova had lived in, and right after that there was "Casanova's Bridge".

View from the gondola
  Our gondolier told us there was a tradition, that if you kissed someone under that bridge, you would have great love in your life (or something like that).  He went on to say that when couples are in the boat, they kiss - but since he could see we were not a "couple"... and before I knew what was happening, the gondolier crawled across the boat, and laid a big wet messy kiss on me, before I had any warning at all.  Then, once he finished with me, he was onto Michelle giving her the same slimy "service".  We were speachless.  He then went on to tell us how Casanova used to make love to women under the bridge as well.

Shortly after that the tour was over.  We headed back to the room and I took a quick nap (I think Michelle read, but she could have napped) and then got up to head out to dinner.

Our personal Casanova. Ugh.
  Michelle shared with me as we ate that when he brought up the part about making love under the bridge, something in her snapped and she decided that if he took one move towards her again, it was "Every woman for herself" and she was jumping overboard.  I was dying laughing, and trying to pretend I was hurt she would leave me behind, and as seriously as she could she responded, "Well... I might have yelled to you to jump; but that's it."

AndiPerullo says:
Did your gondolier sing, "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that's amoooooore!" Haha. A kiss by an Italian on your 2nd day. Not bad Amanda!!!
Posted on: Nov 19, 2007
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My favorite shot - pigeons in the …
My favorite shot - pigeons in the…
Empty streets at every turn
Empty streets at every turn
What Venice is
What Venice is
Misty canal; Venice is a ghost tow…
Misty canal; Venice is a ghost to…
View from the gondola
View from the gondola
Our personal Casanova.  Ugh.
Our personal Casanova. Ugh.
What a great pic of Michelle!  I w…
What a great pic of Michelle! I …
Baby with pigeons
Baby with pigeons
St. Marks in the fog
St. Marks in the fog
Lovely canals
Lovely canals
The mystery of the 24 hour clock i…
The mystery of the 24 hour clock …
Top of the twenty four hour clock
Top of the twenty four hour clock
Michelle on the bridge
Michelle on the bridge
The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs
Me at the Grand Canal
Me at the Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Walking from bridge to bridge
Walking from bridge to bridge
Shadows in the afternoon
Shadows in the afternoon
A peaceful porch
A peaceful porch
The view from the gondola
The view from the gondola
As seen from the boat...
As seen from the boat...
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