Day Two in Venice

 

We walked and walked and looked and looked. No matter how manytimes you have been in Venice, it is still a delight. The nicest thing is the lack of traffic noise except for an occasional motor from a boat or the vaparettos on the larger canals. The streets are totally pedestrian except for men pushing carts for deliveries or picking up trash.

 

This is a common sight-walls that are no longer covered with plaster. Just old brick. There are buildings that were built as brick including some churches.

This is at back of an elegant women’s clothing shop. I’ve never seen anyone sitting there though.

Overhead an unusual statue of the Virgin Mary. I think she is pregnant.

A typical scene at a vaporetto stop with a gondola departing, a vaparetto arriving and the Rialto Bridge in the background. I was so annoyed with those two girls looking down at their phones instead of the beauty in front of them that I almost yelled at them. I restrained myself as I know it would have made no differnce and they probably would have flipped me off or something.

Venice At Dawn

According to the weather forecast we were going to have three days of sunshine in Venice so one morning I got up at dawn to take some photos. I had planned to go to Saint Marc Square to get the sunrise but got on a vaporetto going the wrong direction but it didn’t matter as it was wonderful going down the Grand Canal and seeing the architecture in the dark with lights here and there.

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This was the very first photo I took as I left our apartment. I was so happy to see the moon hanging there.

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This pastry shop was open for those needing coffee. The window doesn’t look that good during the day but lit up it was magical.

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A look at a water taxi stop.

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One of the lovelier bridges crossing the Grand Canal.

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Sunrise.

Exploring Venice

There’s nothing better than exploring Venice. I think one of the best parts is that there is no waiting at corners for a pedestrian light so you can cross the street, no buses, cars or motorbikes to dodge or hear, only bridges to cross, narrow lanes to get lost in, and interesting squares here and there. I’ve been before but I am enchanted each time.

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We arrived on a rainy and gray day and this was the first photo I took. Gondolas are always photogenic.

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We had a really great apartment on the Dorsoduro side of Venice and had this view. We sat and just looked at the church all the time and it was great for people watching too.

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A trip on a vaporetto down the Grand Canal gives you fabulous views.

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A lovely canal.

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Entry to an alley taking us to the vaporetto stop each day.

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Saint Marc Square from the water. You have to go there to see this fabulous place but it is always packed with people so I tended to go elsewhere when I could. Many of the people in costumes were here.

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The beautiful church dome there.

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A reflection in a mirror of a street.

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A great church in a square.