December 29th, 2006 – by: Kathryn
My favorite picture of Venice. The Bell tower on the right and the Triumphal Quadriga of four gilded bronze horses (replicas)
So as a side trip we decided on Venice. After booking that part everybody told us we should have gone to Florence. Ah well maybe next time.
We got up early the 28th and took a really cheap Ryan Air flight to Treviso which is about an hour outside of Venice. This wasn’t so bad except for the serious weight limit on luggage. We ended up paying almost as much in overweight fees as we did for the flight! Charles had the largest issue because he decided to buy just about every museum puzzle they had. He has one of the Vatican, one of the Sistine Chapel and some others (I know he actually bought even more in Paris!?!!) We got on the bus to Venice, got on the city bus like boat and froze our asses off! It was much colder here and being outside on a speeding boat didn’t help.
Me and my Venetian Pizza YUM!
There was an inside area but it was rather crowded. By the time we made it to our hotel I had pronounced my luggage to be unbearable. Considering how we faced the same fees going out of Venice
we sat around and threw out everything that wasn’t needed. It's surprising what you find you don’t need when you have to pay for its transport!
We eventually got out and found some nice shops and restaurants. I found that I really liked the pizza here. In Rome the bread was so thin it might as well have been cardboard. Oddly enough everyone else liked the Roman pizza better. I still maintain that they are nuts.
The next day we got up and went sight seeing in St. Marks Square. We went in the Basilica and up to this outside patio like area on the 2nd floor.
My 2nd favorite picture of Venice. St. Marks Square.
This was really cool as you can get a lot of nice views of the whole square. I really loved the picture I got of the horse with the Bell Tower. The horses outside are replicas with the original Triumphal Quadriga
moved inside. They are four gilded bronze horses brought here by Constantinople in 1204. They are from like the 2nd or 3rd century A.D. and they think they were originally cast imperial Rome. They are one of the symbols of Venice I guess. Mostly I saw the Lion of St. Mark everywhere. Jesse even bought a tie with little lions on it.
Next we went through the Ducal Palace and museums. My camera battery was on the fritz so someday when I get the copies of my friends pictures you will see those. Venice was so much colder than Rome but it was nice that it wasn’t super crowded. I can’t imagine this place in summer.
The Rialto Bridge
I would think it pretty unbearable. We went shopping and I got quite a few pieces of the blown glass and some of my friends got Venetian Masks. I had thought I might buy one but between trying to be careful with it for the rest of the trip ( my roman glass Christmas ornaments were already a bother ) and the fact that I would probably destroy it on use (for my masquerade balls of course) it didn’t seem worth it to me. I know I know but what can I say?
For dinner we found a really nice Chinese restaurant near the Rialto Bridge. After all the pizza it was a welcome break and it was rather tasty to! We didn’t stay up too late (for one it was too cold!) and we had to get moving in the morning to see the rest of the sights before heading out for our evening flight to Paris (and New Years)!