VENICE 19th MARCH 2008

Venice Travel Blog

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The pedestrianised canal road.

We again rose early and decided that we would all catch the launch straight away and have breakfast on the main island. Having looked at the map of Venice the previous evening, we all agreed that it would be nice to avoid the tourist area, if not for the day, certainly for part of it. So with that in mind, we headed along the waterfront to an area at the eastern tip of the island. This is the residential area with mainly every-day shops and open spaces. On the way we stopped at a small cafe and had an enjoyable breakfast in the sunshine. Today the weather was wonderful, blue skies and sunshine all day and it was quite warm for the time of year.

It was interesting walking through this area because the authorities had filled in a canal to form a very wide pedestrianised street, I would think the widest street in the whole of Venice.

The entrance to Arsenale.
It was also interesting to  see how and where the majority of the Venetians lived and that there were open areas forming very pleasant parks which went down to the waters edge. Having spent a few hours walking, we went back to where we had started and had a very enjoyable beer and coffee. Again sitting in the warm sunshine watching boats and people pass by.

Having refreshed ourselves, we walked to an area of Venice known as the Arsenale. The Arsenale was in the sixteenth century, the base for many shipping companies, it had wet and dry docks, had rope and sail manufacturers and ordnance and gun powder mills. In short, it was the foundations upon which the city's maritime supremacy rested. Walking back to the main tourist areas , down narrow alley ways, crossing over many canal bridges, it was not surprising that this city is such a wonderful place to visit.

Narrow alley between houses.
Many of the canals had narrow footpaths alongside them and it seemed that almost round every corner there was a pavement cafe where people were enjoying a glass of wine. It creates a very plesant atmosphere and setting, one of which I must say we savoured and enjoyed too.

We eventually arrived tired and foot sore, at a point at which the hotel launch stopped. Whilst waiting, we sat in a water-side cafe area and enjoyed a glass of wine or two before returning to our hotel. On our walk we purchased a couple of bottles of wine which we consumed in our room with Sue and Eddie before having a rest.  We had decided to eat in the hotel for dinner and so we dressed more appropriately and enjoyed a very nice meal in the restaurant, albeit expensive.

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The pedestrianised canal road.
The pedestrianised canal road.
The entrance to Arsenale.
The entrance to Arsenale.
Narrow alley between houses.
Narrow alley between houses.
Wandering through the park.
Wandering through the park.
Approaching the Arsenal.
Approaching the Arsenal.
Ann and Sue passing by a street re…
Ann and Sue passing by a street r…
A typical square with open air caf…
A typical square with open air ca…
Canal side houses.
Canal side houses.
Gondalos traffic jam.
Gondalos traffic jam.
Waterfront early morning.
Waterfront early morning.
Having a deserved drink at a water…
Having a deserved drink at a wate…
A gondola repair yard.
A gondola repair yard.
Sue enjoying her ice cream.
Sue enjoying her ice cream.
Crossing one of the many canal bri…
Crossing one of the many canal br…
Awaiting the hotel launch
Awaiting the hotel launch
A car ferry going to docks area.
A car ferry going to docks area.
A decorated roof garden.
A decorated roof garden.
Ann and Barrie walking down a narr…
Ann and Barrie walking down a nar…
Eddie and Barrie on bridge outside…
Eddie and Barrie on bridge outsid…
Looking across to Isola di San Gio…
Looking across to Isola di San Gi…
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