Fairy Tale City
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another early morning for our tour.
although we were in venice, we were actually on mainland venice. quite
a ways from the island of venice. or i should say islands. as venice is
made up of 117 islands. In fact, venice is entirely man made, through
land reclamation, and the destruction of the slovenia forests. They cut
down the forests after the fall of the roman empire, and pounded the
wood into the marshes to create what we know as venice, a long time
ago...well venice still stand, although the area is sinking...the
entire city of venice is a unesco world heritage site, which means the
preservation of the city will continue and also look the same for ages
to come, so long as the oceans dont rise too much.
we drove as far as we could, which is the first island of venice.
anyhow, we arrived to the main plaza, san marco, aka saint mark.
we had two group events after our arrival. glass blowing demo and venetian lace demo. both of which are the traditions of venice. the glassblowing demo was nothing new to me, as i have seen it done dozens of times before, however lace was new to me...the lace studio is subsidized by the italian government since it is a dying art, and they want to keep it alive. so they help pay the wages of the women, to keep it going. After both demos we had a little free time.
venice is a place where maps dont work. there are too many alleys, and lost streets, canals etc,. so they key to experiencing venice is to get lost. all the major sites have signs that guide you there. mind you, they are not all official signs. some post it notes, photo copies, marker on the wall, spray paint, etc...nonetheless, they all work.. they will get you where you want to go...there are a million options and ways to get to one spot.
after lunch, we met at a pier for our gondola rides. a must in venice. the ride was nice, we rode near academia, and up into a canal. 6 per boat, plus wine too. it was an amazing experience and too hard to put into words.
the rest of the afternoon was free time. so i went off on my own to explore, take photos, see the major sites and do a little shopping...i went to rialto, down many back alleys, to academia, and back to st marks to enjoy the basillica... all great sites... and of course, along the way i got another gelato. we lucked out, the weather was sunny and cool, and no cruise ships flooded the city....once again we reconvened in the square, this time for dinner...we had an italian dinner, lots of pasta and music before catching the ferry back to our hotel...
what a lovely day in an amazing fairy tale city.