Venice Rooftops (antennas a plenty!)
Once finished with my meeting in Erice, Sicily, I took a flight to Venice and caught an amazing view of the city below on approach - really quite fantastic to see the whole place in a single vision. I caught one of the Vaporetto boats bound for Venice, and a bit of a boring ride across the water until you get close. It's one of those visions in my minds eye and memory I can never forget. You can see Venice from a distance away and it is like viewing a painting as you get closer. It was late afternoon and I can still smell the sea water, feel the wind in my face and watching Venice grow bigger on approach. One of my great travel memories, and I totally forgot to take any photos, but took it all in experience wise.
Spires and Domes of Basilica San Marco
Getting off at Piazza San Marco brought it all to a reality in vision that I totally forgot about getting to my hotel (which I had arranged on the island of Lido
) and just sat for a while there enjoying the scenery in watching the sun go down - simply spectacular like something Monet might have seen when he painted at twilight a century earlier. I stayed in admiration long enough, but not too long, and found transportation to Lido to locate my hotel and settle in for the evening. Lido is a nice island, and worth considering for accomodations in Venice, which can be expensive. Lido was a cheaper option for me and it has pleasant beaches and a rather quaint 19th century feel to it, like stepping back in time to a way of life gone by. It's not a crowded place at all and perfect for walking around in peaceful surroundings.
Waterway views from Piazza San Marco
The architecture and feel of the place gave me a comfortable, relaxed sense of calm. The Hotel des Baines is located here, as mentioned in Thomas Mann's novella "A Death in Venice", for the interested person of literature interests. Anyway, aside from Lido, which I recommend for a visit or overnight stay, Venice was mostly a confusing maze of streets where getting lost is part of the fun and adventure. Don't expect to know your way and just go where the avenues take you. It was really Hot the couple of days I spent there, like 104F (40C) at peak of the day - so hot I could feel the sweat coming from the pores of my body. I had to take it easy and drink plenty of water, rest now and then in touring. I mostly just enjoyed walking around, taking in the sights, and some museum visitations too. I have a selection of photos from my visit to share from back then in 1998, and my scanned photos did not come out too bad - Enjoy!
Venice Hotels & Accommodations review
Small villa style hotel in Venice Lido
Venice can be a bit on the expensive side and finding a decent place for a good price can be problematic especially in peak season. Some cheaper optio… read entire review