Venice

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I loved this church!
Venice was my favorite city! I've been obsessed with it ever since my freshman year Venetian history class. We only spent a day and a half there, but I wish I could have been there a whole week! We called months in advance for tickets to San Marco, but we couldn't manage to get any, which was disappointing. I really wanted to see the amazing mosaic inside, especially after all I had already read about it and the extreme influence of the Byzantium on its art as well as its architecture. We did get to hang outside in Saint Mark's square and looked at the shops. I was tempted a few times to get Gucci...but I never did. We took Rick Steve's advice and took one of the taxi boats along the grand canal and saw some great buildings and took as many pictures as we could. Once we got to the end we walked along the grand canal and looked at all the vendors.
Look at that great dome.
I saw this beautiful oil painting the first day, and the second day I was still thinking about it, so we got it! I couldn't believe it was still there. I was also on a mission to see Murano and Burano and get some glass and some lace. I achieved both, though Murano was full of factories, it wasn't picturesque, but we got over there for free by taking one of the taxis provided by one of the companies. They take you to their shop and you watch the demonstration (which is great by the way) and you're all set. I ended up getting these beautiful Cassanova and Lady Dancing figurines. Burano was amazing as well. Colorful houses all over the island, but I can't find my pictures! Handmade lace as well. I got some for my wedding dress for good luck and I got a handmade black lace fan. The boats only go to Burano every hour, so that's all the time we had. The other great part about Venice are their Carnival masks. I really wanted to get one that REALLY spoke to me. My dad can attest to the loooong adventure to find it! There were some really great ones if you went off the beaten path. I mean, you can easily get a cheap one from one of the vendors, but it's really worth it to find a unique one made by an artist. One of the coolest parts of Venice was going to the Vivaldi string quintet concert right off the accademia bridge. 
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I loved this church!
I loved this church!
Look at that great dome.
Look at that great dome.
One of the three bridges spanning …
One of the three bridges spanning…
A typical grand canal view.
A typical grand canal view.
This is where all the rich people …
This is where all the rich people…
I thought this was neat, they were…
I thought this was neat, they wer…
A patriotic house.
A patriotic house.
A close up of the famed flag of Ve…
A close up of the famed flag of V…
Ca doro!
Ca' d'oro!
I love this view! The grand canal,…
I love this view! The grand canal…
I thought this was fantastic, the …
I thought this was fantastic, the…
I loved the lived in feel of this …
I loved the lived in feel of this…
DHL truck...wha?...boat?
DHL truck...wha?...boat?
Hmm...I wonder who lives there?
Hmm...I wonder who lives there?
Santa Maria della Salute.
Santa Maria della Salute.
I love this view of the bell tower.
I love this view of the bell tower.
A closer view of the Venetian flag
A closer view of the Venetian flag
The Doges palace.
The Doge's palace.
A more comprehensive view.
A more comprehensive view.
I loved this statue of the lion of…
I loved this statue of the lion o…
This is my dad in one of those lon…
This is my dad in one of those lo…
A side canal
A side canal
The same canal; I wish that I had …
The same canal; I wish that I had…
The Venetian carabinieri, I love h…
The Venetian carabinieri, I love …
This was an amazing statue!
This was an amazing statue!
Here is a close up of the lions h…
Here is a close up of the lion's …
Here is another view.
Here is another view.
I love the striped poles in fron o…
I love the striped poles in fron …
The gondolieri was too quick for m…
The gondolieri was too quick for …
The Bridge of Sighs, they were wor…
The Bridge of Sighs, they were wo…
Another view of the bridge.
Another view of the bridge.
A popular walk along the grand can…
A popular walk along the grand ca…
Here is the palace itself.
Here is the palace itself.
Inside the Doges courtyard.
Inside the Doge's courtyard.
The secret government letters went…
The secret government letters wen…
The ceiling in the Doges palace.
The ceiling in the Doge's palace.
A view up the stairs.
A view up the stairs.
A view of St. Marks from the Doge…
A view of St. Mark's from the Dog…
A close up of the mosaic above one…
A close up of the mosaic above on…
The doorway in San Marco
The doorway in San Marco
The Basilica
The Basilica
A plaque showing a place where Moz…
A plaque showing a place where Mo…
Rialto at night.
Rialto at night.
Rialto again.
Rialto again.
This was how my silverware was pac…
This was how my silverware was pa…
Ahh Venice.
Ahh Venice.
Venice General Tips & Advice review
So a lot of people think that the taxis are the cheapest way to get around, but actually using the bus system is the way to go (aka Vaparetto). As per… read entire review
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