Venice Travel Blog› entry 14 of 59 › view all entries
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!