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This is Venice!

Today it finally felt like summer. So far the situation has not been quite right for it to feel like it normally does for me during this time of year- whatever that exact feeling is.

I got up fairly early so that I could make it into Venice with some time to spare before the first museum visit so I would have to time in the city. For the first time in a long time, I felt rested and ready to go after plenty of sleep the past day or so.

I made it into Venice about 10:30, and I didn't have to be at our first site until 12. I took the train into Venice, and it was the first time (that I can remember) that I rode a train above the scale of MARTA.

Grand Canal
The Europeans are so smart about their transportation. It was easy, painless, and quick.

I walked out of the train station and was immediately captured into the teeming livilihood and environs of Venice. There were people- both tourists and otherwise- walking everywhere, with all kinds of boats in all kinds of sizes going up and down the Grand Canal right in front of me. The sun was high and warm like it should be in the summer and the sea air was refreshing. Like I said, it truly felt like I was on vacation in the summer- which I kind of am!

It was great to get into the pulse of the city and spend some time walking up and down the streets around the area. What makes it so much better to walk around here is the interesting architecture, the beautiful weather, the variety of people, and of course crossing a bridge every block or so.

San Marco Square
It was literally like a maze to get from the train station to the Accademia museum and I was glad to have plenty of time. It was worth it to me to walk and enjoy Venice rather than pay the money for the public transportation- a boat called the vaporetta.

I leisurely took my way up and down alleys, alongside canals and through various neighborhoods and districts. I occasionally made stops in intimate bookstores (I need a new one- I just finished my old one!) and in scenic areas to take pictures. Eventually though, I saw other Tech students from my group as I had made it to the museum!

We spent an hour or so in the first museum of the day, the Accademia. While I am not a huge fan of Renaissance art, I throughly enjoyed this museum.

San Marco Cathedral
It was small enough to handle, but large enough to have a respectable collection. It was airy and casual yet professional. And the work was very interesting and inspiring. It was mostly religous subject matter, which I greatly appreciated. I must be learning something, as I was able to analyze and intepret things better than I have been able to before!

We had some free time before the next visit, so I went with a few friends to see St. Mark's Cathedral and Square (or San Marco, if you wish). While worth the time, the whole place is overly touristy and full of pigeons. Literally- and they don't move out of your way. Kind of gross. The Cathedral itself had plenty of scaffolding and was not that impressive inside- still nice to see though. However, the square was bordered by the water and that was beautiful. Again, the warm sun and sea breeze were energizing and calming.

Pigeons were everywhere... for serious...

Since I hadn't purchased a vaporetta pass for the day, I left my friends and took my time through the city to walk to our second museum visit for the day- the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This was a modern art museum, so I definitely enjoyed it. The museum itself is Guggenheim's former villa, so it was beautiful in itself. But I really enjoyed analyzing and viewing surrealist and abstract expressionist works, some that we rarely get to see.

After the visit, I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Venice (we pretty much just covered the whole city) with friend and former FAB advisor Bill Nagel. We had a great time just seeing the whole city and wandering aimlessly around various canals. I was able to get a few (very cheap) articles of clothing and got a chance to enjoy the wonderful summer afternoon before meeting a few more friends for dinner.

Ahhh....
We ate at a geniune Italian restaurant where the food was pretty good and reasonably priced but the service was very rude. I suppose that this being my first real run-in with rude service since being in Europe, I can't complain too much.

After dinner, we basically walked back to the train station, figured out the complicated system of getting back, and then went straight back to the hotel. I hope to get plenty of rest as tomorrow will also be another full day- we have plans to go to the Mediterrianen islands of Venice by boat!

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This is Venice!
This is Venice!
Grand Canal
Grand Canal
San Marco Square
San Marco Square
San Marco Cathedral
San Marco Cathedral
Pigeons were everywhere... for ser…
Pigeons were everywhere... for se…
Ahhh....
Ahhh....
Gondolas!
Gondolas!
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
Venice
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