|Denise and David in Europe
Italy - Venice part 1
updated 8 November 2016
Monday 7 November - Venice day 1
We may have crossed the border
into Italy - but something else changed.
Breathtaking mountains views on both sides of the
train as we pass through the valley. Many
castles, monasteries and forts along the way
They were everywhere - and
ornate. The one below wasn't actually leaning
the train went around the curb when the picture was
taken and the momentum caused the camera to tilt.
A castle or fort ruin atop of a
mountain on zoom.
Wow... they just keep on
appearing! (Ed. It was at this point,
Denise exclaims " I think we need to come back to
Not so much snow on these
mountains but still a marvelous view to behold.
It doesn't stop. Another
castle/fort ruin high on a hill.
The sun sets as we zoom toward
Venice. We are due at about 6:10pm. It
is already dark at 5:15pm
We made it - Venice Santa
Lucia. Now what water taxi should we
take? Down to the docks where we are to catch
the number 1 launch to San Angelo. 15 Euro for
us to get to the hotel from here.... or a 1.5 km
walk through the streets with luggage. Hard choice
(not) - to the launch we go. We hope you enjoy
our first evening photos of Venice.
Views on both sides of the grand
It was 12 stops to our
destination. They were pretty quick stops.
Our stop is in sight ...
Around the bend and....
We arrive - 'S.Angello'
Tuesday 8 November - Venice day 2
Setting out this morning for a
leisurely stroll through the San Marco area
continuing on through the Dorsoduro precinct and
along the coast to Punt Della Dogan where it meets
Canal Grande. It's such a pretty day to be out
Pictured below is the view from
our Palace room. Below is the canal but this
view could almost become a painting.
Pictured below is the Palazzo
Paruta - our room is far right after the
Nearby is this tower that just doesn't
look right. The leaning tower of Venice
perhaps! No nothing wrong with the camera this
One of hundreds of pretty
lanes. Everything so close together and 17th
A very scenic view of the Canal
Grande, the main 'street' of Venice from a lovely wooden bridge that takes us to
the Dorsoduro area.
... below - a close up of the
Bascilica of Santa Maria from the top of the Ponte
dell Accadamia bridge.
Below is a view of a public
transport "station" where the launch takes you to
other parts of the Canal Grande.
Our stroll went to the point where
the Grand Canal meets open waters. Much to our
amusement there were two polizia locale with a speed
camera fixated on the water traffic. Something
Gorgeous views at the point across
to Guidecca island.
Below is the inside of the Basilica
de Santa Maria della Salute.
No shortage of Gondalas along the
Grand Canal just waiting for you - 80 Euros per
person for 30 minutes. Perhaps tomorrow.
Morning tea time for us is ten to
one today. Where has the day gone? After
a coffee and a most delicious mud cake we head toward
the Bell Tower located in St Marks Square. We
are looking for views again. Here is our first
view as we emerge from what possibly could be the
most expensive street in Venice with its "designer"
shops. The Basilica di San Marco and its Bell
Tower. Of course we are going up.
The Basilica is noted as the
second biggest attraction in Venice (after the Grand
Look at the architecture around St
Marks square in front of the Basilica the most important
Catholic church in the city.
The picture below is the clock
Ok, time to go up the Bell
Tower.... fortunately there is a lift (phew!).
Then we start hearing bells and as we ascend they
get louder and louder and then the doors of the lift
open and we are deafened! Very impressive and
very hard to hold your ears whilst taking photos and
And... here comes the wow factor
again. WOW! Venice to the north.
Such a pretty view in all directions. I think
we have fallen in love with Venice.
Venice to the west the "bridge" to
the mainland in the distance. If you can see a
leaning tower in there somewhere our Palace is not
far away from it.
Venice - a sweeping panorama to
the south (Castello area)
And below, the heart of Venice -
St Marks Square.
We snake back to our Palace just
in time for 'high tea'.... then.....
... and then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Yes indeed ... this is part of our suite. Hallway
and huge bathroom also included. It's almost
as big as our ground floor at home. Just out
of view to the left is an antique secretaire desk.