Ok, so I have been back from overseas for a month now, and you probably don’t care how the rest of my trip went. But I told myself I would finish off writing these blogs, so I will.I think this will serve as a great memory for me later on Basically my last blog was about halfway through the holiday, so there will be a bit to go still. As a result I will try to write a blog every day and schedule them accordingly until I have gotten through all of them. This will probably be not nearly as interesting as when we were still over there, and ill probably speed through it a bit more than I otherwise would have, but whatevs. Anyway, Venice. The second day we spent most of the day walking around pretty much. Venice is a lovely city for this, getting lost is a pleasure really. The only real indication you have on where you are going are small signs on the tops of buildings that point to the main landmarks – St Marks Square, Rialto Bridge, Train station etc. But there are myriad ways to get to each one, and sometimes what can seem like a shortcut can be anything but.
Crowded Market street – Certainly a lot of people trying to sell you tourist crap.
Gondola, Gondola Everywhere
St Marks Square – quite literally the only bit of significantly open space on the whole of the main Venice island.
Small orchestra playing for the people dining at the cafe – beware of the Coperto (seating fee), apparently can be as high as €9!! Needless to say we heard about this place and did not sit down.
Approaching sunset we took a gondola serenade ride. This was one of the tourist traps that we willingly fell into, and it was great. Price was insanely high, €80 for the two of us for a 1 hour ride, but there is nothing quite like cruising along the canals whilst an accordion is playing and a guy is singing. Ill upload some video later which will show it much better, but for now a few photos will suffice. If you are ever in Venice, this is just one of those must do things.
All of the Gondola lined up and ready to go.
Singer on the Gondola next to us
Grand canal as the sun is setting.
Venice is a really peaceful city, especially at night, and I think that is because of the lack of traffic noise. Day three we weren’t really sure what to do, so we once again decided to just walk around and see where the city took us. Being an engineer I especially loved the DaVinci Museum. This one was dedicated to his machines, which they had built small models of some of his concept designs. Of course most of them wouldn’t have actually worked in practice, but there were also some ideas which were quite clearly centuries ahead of their time.
DaVinci’s concept for a tank. That night we decided to go to a show which was all about the famous violinist Vivaldi. Basically it was an “opera for dummies” style show. There were three violinists and a cello player up the front, and a male and female opera singer, and it would alternate between instrumentals, the man or woman singing, or a duet. It was quite surprising how many of the songs I actually knew, so it was great. Something that we would never really go to.
On the way home i tried to get some night shots, and this was probably the one that turned out the best.
After getting lost on the way home, we finally took stock and sat down and had some gelati!