My Italy trip - Day 6

Asha DeshStarred Page By Asha Desh, 19th Jan 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2nw459mc/
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A close experience with history I had heretofore observed just in picture collections and motion pictures. The landmarks, culture, scenery and food from the immense Colosseum to the spread of Olive trees-that blow one's mind!
And now we see the narrow streets and waterways in Venice.

Venice: Day 2 (St. Mark’s Square,Basilica,Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge,Glassblowing factory)

We got up late since the hotel alarm system did not wake us up on time. Grabbed breakfast and went on a boat (what else!) on the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is like the main street in Venice .The boat ride was picturesque; on the blue water with buildings on both sides. Venice is a city of palaces, with the palaces appearing to rise from the blue waters. We were handed over to another local guide, who must be a native Venetian, considering her knowledge and pride in her narration. We saw the Government Building which has the largest meeting room in all of Europe. Doge’s Palace ( Palazzo Ducale) It housed the ruler known as duke, or doge. It has exquisite paintings and other works of art. The famous enclosed bridge, called the “Bridge of sighs”. (It was so named, because prisoners were walked to their cells on this bridge. They had one last look at the city, sighed and were lead away) Finally we arrived at St. Mark’s Square ( Piazza San Marco).

St. Mark's Square

It was a catholic holiday that day. The St. Mark’s Basilica had very long lines , so we did not have time to go in. The square is a live center, we saw the museum with more sculptures and art work. The most impressive part of the square is the Clock Tower ( Torre dell’ Orologio)The clock chimes loudly every hour, and boasts of the first digital clock, which changes every 5 minutes. Its dial shows twenty four hours, the zodiac signs, and the phases of the moon.An astrologer’s dream clock!

Venetian Murano Glass blowing factory.

After that we were handed back to our Globus tour director. We were taken to the famous, Venetian Murano glass blowing factory where they had a demonstration of glass blowing. It was amazing to watch the guy pick up a molten lump of glass from an extremely hot oven, blow into it with something like a straw, then shape the blown out glass into a beautiful vase or animal. All this was done in matter of minutes. I looked at him, no face mask, no goggles, no PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) All I could think of was how this would fare with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in America. After the demonstration, they walked us through the gift store (of course), where there was a lot of Venetian glass, jewelry, infused with 22 carat gold. (Yes, I succumbed)

Streets of Venice

We were then given some free time to sight see by ourselves. As Rick Steves’ says, “Venice’s greatest sight is the city itself”. We got lost in the maze of narrow lanes which twist and turn with no regard to direction. We followed a lady who spoke no English, but had a smart phone with GPS which took us back to St. Mark’s Square. Hats off to technology! We spent some time there, had lunch in a café, and then decided to walk back to our hotel. We walked over Rialto Bridge, a landmark in Venice, lined with shops and tourists. The walk along the Grand Canal is not continuous. It was fun, going through the maze of lanes, which would suddenly dead end by a canal. We happened to see the inside of a small house in a courtyard. We wondered how people live in such a crowded, not well ventilated area, and realized we were only looking at the touristy area. It took us almost an hour to walk back to our hotel, but it was well worth it.
We had dinner in a restaurant on the Grand Canal. Why not splurge, we were in Venice! I am beginning to acquire a taste for their white wine! The evening in Venice ended with another stroll along the Grand Canal before retreating to our hotel.

VENICE !

I have travelled to many places , but nothing compares to Venice. Truly, it is a stand alone place in the world! I stood on one of its many bridges and scanned the view. I had to keep reminding myself that this was indeed real, not a studio setting. I struggled to find words to describe it, but could not come up with any that would do full justice to it. The quote below perfectly sums up my feeling of this beautiful place.
" Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set, suspended on the water" - Frida Giannini

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Europe, Italian Wines, Italy, Travel, Venice

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