I celebrated a BIG birthday on June 1 (no I won’t tell you which one) and my husband took me to dinner in VENICE (yep…Italy) followed by four days exploring the city. My “gift” was four days with our good friends in Crediton, England. Talk about overwhelmed!
Venice of course was crowded with temperatures in the low 80’s but it is still a beautiful place to explore. We averaged over five miles a day walking from our bed and breakfast (Ca’ San Rocco) -located in a quiet section of the city – to all the places we wanted to explore. We didn’t mean to but we ended up crossing the Rialto Bridge three times…and if you’ve ever been to Venice…well you know how many steps there are on that bridge!
We walked to San Marco square which of course was packed….they are refurbishing the cathedral but I managed to get a few good shots of the spires. The square is ringed with watercolor artists and we selected two images to add to our collection. And I had to take a photo of the artist.
The last time we visited Venice (2001) we didn’t go to Murano so this time we took the Vaporetto and headed to the island. We stopped in a fabulous glass shop and I guess we looked like we wanted to spend some money (we didn’t!) so one of the shop keepers treated us to a behind the scenes look at one of the master glass artists as well as a tour through a private gallery. What a treat that was.
The bakeries…well…what can I say? Cannoli the size of bratwurst and meringues the size of baseballs.
The market at the bottom of the Rialto Bridge is just wonderful. I love open air markets, especially the ones in Europe. Oh how I wish we had those kind of markets here so we could buy fresh produce, fruit, cheese and fish on a daily basis. And of course we spent leisurely afternoons eating gelato and sipping on Campari and soda. What a gift!
I took loads of “travel” images and decided to post many of them as collages to provide a “feel” of the city. So keep on scrolling. Enjoy!
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