Day 11: Venice
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On this day our group said goodbye to four more members who were returning to the States. That left 5 of us to explore Venice together. I led the group on a tour of the Lagoon and its one of its famous islands- Murano. We took the water taxi over (by now I think I was sick of boats) and stopped at the cemetery island on the way. Long ago the doge ordered all dead bodies except a few choice church celebrities off the main areas of Venice and to cemetery island for sanitation purposes. It's a beautiful cemetery and we took a lot of pictures.
Once we arrived at Murano we did a lot of walking around the island. There was lunch, and then our afternoon devolved into shopping.
It was a great day and a wonderful wrap up to our Mediterranean vacation.
Right before we left the next morning we had a bit of a surprise adventure. Venice floods several times a year in the late fall and winter and I had scheduled our vacation to occur before the flooding. In some ways it would have been great to see what the city is like underwater. Well, we got our chance in a way that worked out perfectly. The flooding began the morning we left. So we got to see it as we were heading to the airport, without really having to be bothered by it for an entire day.