Sunday, September 8, 2013

Venice, tourism with Barbara and Shannon Aug 2013

church of Redentore on the Giudecca from our friend's kitchen window

view of giudecca canal from friend's

our triple room

great sleigh bed in triple room

looks fake but it is the real thing!

 The Rialto bridge, one of the many which give your legs a good workout

pretty murano glass balloons in a shop

tourism at the vegetable and fish market

in addition to dried red tomatoes they have yellow ones too

i always love these capitals!

the always beautiful Ca' D'Oro  on the grand canal

seppia (squid) with its ink which we had with pasta 

pretty Byzantine slab in the church of the Gesuiti

Gesuiti marble altar recently restored to its splendor 

gorgeous marble steps up to altar

view of venice and San Marco tower 

a glassblowing demonstration in Murano

barbara and a much needed lunch break on Murano

restaurant decor, he was wooden

Murano, looks calm but there were plenty of tourists

Murano is glass overload but there are some stunning pieces available

one of best reasons to go to Murano is to see the church of Sts. Donato and Maria, one of the oldest churches in the lagoon. church origins go back to  7th century

it's floor mosaics are renowed and gorgeous, dating from 1125

lovely mosaics in church

this sailing ship was parked in Venice for two days

practicing for the upcoming Regatta Storica

the mandatory evening  Spritz stop

happy tourists!
Lots to do and little time to do it. We did the best we could from the moment we set foot in Venice. LOTS of walking, eating, admiring, sightseeing, and learning. Saw San Marco, Barbara and Shannon went up in San Marco tower, we visited friends on Giudecca,  took a traghetto (gondolo which crosses the grand canal), toured the fish and vegetable market, crossed all 4 bridges, took vaporetto to Murano and toured the island, saw the wonderfully, elaborate Scala Contarini del Bovolo staircase, saw a few other churches, had a well-deserved celebratory cocktail for Shannon's 25th birthday on the wonderful terrace of the Monaco and Grand hotel. Had two fun dinners, great lunch stop on Murano, and enjoyed our cute bed and breakfast.  Lots of fun and very tired feet.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Jane and Scott! We had a fabulous trip and enjoyed every minute of our time in Italy. The food was fantastic, museum trips and local sights were amazing and our long walks and talks were great fun. Thanks for sharing your wonderful life in Italy! Barbara and Shannon