Venice has to be one of the most bizarre cities, at least in our archetypal city image. Where else to we immediately picture Gothic palazzos floating above smooth teal canals and men with long sticks and striped shirts with ribbon hats?
One of the few cities in Italy not to have a wall, Venice is protected by the complex channels of the merchants of Venice. The channels were to difficult to navigate under the choppy teal waters so all the invaders just ran around and had to beg for forgiveness. A pretty good strategy as I see it.
We traveled to Venice right before spring break, March 10-12. There is lots to see there, many intrigues and tourist traps as well. I can officially vouch for the silent city of the night, walking across the island to Saint Mark’s square it was more than a little creepy to wind our way through the narrow alleys and along dimly lit canals. My favorite part of seeing Venice was the atmosphere that the lagoon gives to the city, almost like a city on the moon by its strangeness.
Historical and political center of Venice including Doges Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica.
San Marco facade
Portion of the Grand Canal
Piazza San Marco with tide rising pushing water up from under the paving.
View from Saint Marks to Grand Canal
Shells on beach Lido Island where our hotel was.
S. Calatrava bridge, the only contemporary bridge over the Grand Canal.
The Bridge of Sighs under restoration.
Sweet reflection of Saint Mark’s in the Piazza.
Scarpa door with Jim and Sally.
Sunset from Murano Island
Murano Island glass sculpture