Day 10: Venice

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view from a gondola

Today our ship returned to the port of Venice and we bid goodbye to the cruise staff. I noticed that for several hours after we left the ship I still felt like I was moving at sea. A strange sensation indeed.

 

The members transferred back to their various hotels (except for 3 members that headed off to explore other parts of Italy) to rest for awhile and then we met each other in the afternoon for another Jenni-guided tour of Venice. First we took a gondola ride down some of the side canals and that was a fun experience. Then we explored the Grand canal area, including the famous Rialto bridge, the Jewish ghetto and areas of San Marco neighborhood we hadn't see before. Did you know that the word ghetto actually means foundry, and because the Venetians corralled the Jews to a stinky island where there was a foundry the association between ghetto and bad place to live became linked forever? (Just like in Rome, the Venetians found the Jews useful for the services they provided, but didn't want them to mingle with the rest of the people so they confined them with a curfew to a dingy location and only let them out in emergencies such as to assist a Venetian).

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view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
view from a gondola
Casey, Jenni, Ginny in the gondola
Casey, Jenni, Ginny in the gondola
beautiful historic staircase
beautiful historic staircase
Rialto bridge
Rialto bridge
gondolas lined up along the canal
gondolas lined up along the canal
Rialto bridge
Rialto bridge
momento stands
momento stands
grand canal
grand canal
Judy stands before the grand canal
Judy stands before the grand canal
Jon and Jenni stand before the gra…
Jon and Jenni stand before the gr…
Venice by night
Venice by night
Jenni adorns a chaise lounge at on…
Jenni adorns a chaise lounge at o…
Venice
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