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Old 05-11-2013   #1 (permalink)
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A weekend in Venice

At the end of January I had been sick and having been too much time at home one sunday afternoon I got an email with promotions from a local airline and before I knew what I was doing I had booked a trip to Venice. Flight times were great: departure friday evening at 7 PM and return sunday evening at 9 PM. That gave me two full days in Venice without having to take any vacation time at work.

So finally the friday came. I took my suitcase to work (had to bring a bigger one because I had my tripod with me) and then it was off to the airport. The flight was more than punctual. 2 minutes after the scheduled departure time we were in the air. Wind came from behind so we landed 15 minutes ahead of schedule (flight time was 1 h 10 m). I got my suitcase, jumped into a taxi and off I was to Venice....

Arrived at Piazzale Roma and it was.... raining. But that couldn't spoil my mood. I had been looking forward to this trip as I love Venice and hadn't been there for about 15 years.

First pic of Canale Grande...


Close to the train station it looked like something was burning as there was thick smoke.


My hotel was only one block away so I didn't have to walk far... checked in and this is a view of my room:


Since it was already 9 PM I was hungry so I took my umbrella and the cam and landed in a wonderful ristorante. They had so much curious stuff in there that I was busy checking it all out. Food was great as well so I returned for dinner the next day:




After dinner I walked around a little bit more but it was raining too much to set up the tripod to take pics so finally I returned to my hotel and went to sleep....
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The next morning when I got up it was not raining any more. When I got out after breakfast the sky was still grey. This is my hotel which was directly at the Canale Grande:


What would Venice be without masks?


I started my walk towards the bridge next to the train station


Train station Santa Lucia


Crossed the bridge and just walked whereever my nose led me...


If you go into the general direction of Rialto, San Marco or the train station you can't easily get lost as there are signs everywhere (which is helpfukl because without them you WOULD get lost... )


Small channel


Small street


I think those two gave out flyers for a musem


This looked like a 'dive in' to me...


And one of the real small streets


There is even a dead-end street in Venice...


And I absolutely loved this rooftop deck...


Guess what they sell here...


And two famous figures from Venice: a harlecin and I think the other one is a plague doctor


Market...


One of the typical venetian churches...


The bus from Asia has arrived on Canale Grande...

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Here is a view towards the Lido, still Canale Grande, from the Accademia Bridge. That is one of the three bridges over the Canale Grande



Love the old palaces along the Canale Grande. A lot of them are under restoration and I don't think it is cheap to maintain them...


One of the bigger squares in Venice, close to the San Marco Square


An art gallery. Was surprised to see a painting of Cicciolina. She was in the italian news about 20 years ago when she wanted to be politician (former xxx-movie-star).


Not all towers of churches in Venice are straight (in fact a lot of them are not).


San Marco Square


The Duke's Palace which is next to the San Marco church


Bridge of sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)


These pink lamps have always fascinated me.... somehow they look magic to me.


The tower on San Marco Square


So finally it was time to take a break. I had been walking for about 2 hours by then and went to one of the bars close to the Duke's Palace. And this is the most expensive Cappuccino of my life.... But it was good.

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After the cappuccino break I decided to walk back to my hotel but this time I took a different route. This time it was to be over the Rialto Bridge. By then the sun was shining bright (already had for at least one hour).

This clock tower is still next toe the San Marco church


Typical Venice view...


This guy is on a square next to the Rialto Bridge. I remember that when I was there for Carnival 20 years ago that we came near that square in the evening and we heard a humming sound. We didn't know what it was. When we reached the square we realized that the venetians come here to chat in the evenings when the tourists are gone. The humming sound we had heard were their conversations...


Rialto Bridge


View from the Rialto Bridge. Gondola-traffic is very frequent there...


Don't paddle and talk on the phone...


Another very typical view...


Market


You can buy flowers from a boat as well


I had heard that I had the first day of sun. Obviously someone wanted to grab the opportunity to air her fur.


Small streets with bridges






Another one of the bigger squares


And the Lion (which is THE symbol of Venice).


This was the first cat that I saw and I remembered that in the past I had always seen lots and lots of cats roaming around. Doesn't seem to be like that any more.


Back at the Canale Grande. The hotel Continental to the left is where I stayed.


Anyone wants ice-cream?


And then it was time for a nap....
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Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures! How lucky you are to be close enough to do weekend trips! Thanks again!!!
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We need to make sure that when we finally make it to the other side of the pond that you are available and willing to travel with us a bit! Loving your pictures, as always! xo
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Thanks so much for posting these great pictures! We went to Venice last fall and your pictures bring back a lot of fond memories. Sure hope you plan to post more!
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Still got another day and a half left to post. Not sure if I have time to post more before next weekend. There will be some of my favourite pics in them as I played with my camera and the results were not too bad.
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As always Andiline .. Wonderful pics ..... will be watching for the rest of them...
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Sorry guys, had lots of stuff going on and just didn't have time to continue. But I will try to finish before I go to Italy again next week (this time to my usual summer vacation on the island of Sardinia).

So, let's continue. After I had slept for an hour I finally decided it was time to head back to San Marco Square for sunset. Somehow I had it in my mind how I would be able to get a sunset over the Canale Grande close to San Marco (there are apps for the smartphones that show you where the sun sets at a given day at given place at a given date). So I went to the 'navetta'-station and took the fast-boat along for a ride on the Canale Grande. You can see some beautiful palace along the 'road'...

This is the casino








Oooops...


There are a couple of nice gardens in Venice too


'Ponte dell'Accademia' (College Bridge) - it is the only wooden bridge over the Canale Grande












Looks like the use of underwear was not a necessity in the good old days...


I like how the decorations of the San Marco church sparkled in the sun. Unfortunately half of the front was hidden due to construction going on.


Doesn't look like it but the cruise ship was about twice as high as the Duke's Palace


I assume that this is the Holy Marcus and that he killed a dragon...


And I assume as well that you can book evening cruises on this pirate ship


I had realized pretty fast when arriving at San Marco Square that the sun was not even close to where I had thought it would be setting. So I saw no point in staying in that over-expensive and over-crowded area. So I took the boat back to my hotel... with some more nice views along the Canale Grande.






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Lovely photography as usual, Andrea! Thanks!
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Jack, still not finished... but I know that by now you have similar ones!
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Lovely photography as usual, Andrea! Thanks!
Hope you had a GREAT time in Italy! I'll be watching for your trip report!
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WOW! Awesome photos!!!

Thanks for posting your report.
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wow - I missed this. Amazing report and photos !!!!
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