Il Mercante di Venezia
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Early day. Or a late night. 3 am wake up call and cab ride to catch the train to the airport to catch the 6:20 flight to Venice. Uneventful flight. Took the bus from that airport to the island and walked to the hotel. Was pouring down rain but relented enough that we weren't too soaked. Went and got some pasta straight away before continuing on …
... towers ahead of us ahead we opt for the elevator which takes us two thirds of the way, leaving a final 120 steps to the bell tower. The 360 degree views from the top are indeed fantastic, with the classic red rooftops spreading around us in every direction. We make the sensible decision though to descend before the bells ring on the half-hour, fearing for our aural faculties.
We return to the hotel to check out; they kindly ...
... done and very relaxed.
St. Mark's Square was a hive of activity, including a wedding and a couple of combos playing identifiable music to the European masses. Not sure what the Japanese made of Marlene Dietrich renditions though? We strolled about in wonderful sunshine and chanced our arm in the now disappeared queue for the Basilica di San Marco - free to enter and not terribly special - after seeing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona ...
... when he died on the Titanic. She became a great patron of modern art, buying up incredible works in rapid succession from known and up-and-coming artists in the wake of WWII. She eventually married the artist Max Ernst and her collection is on display in her former home on the Grand Canal in Venice. Interestingly, the artwork, for the most part, hangs just where it did when she lived there - a few pieces in the dining room, ...
heading for the back streets of Piazza San Marco. We whiled away a
number of hours looking shops and sitting outside pavement cafés.
We found one particularly tranquil backwater and a free table and sat
there in the sun just enjoying to atmosphere, peace and the local
We had a good stroll
along the waterfront of the St Mark's Basin and back to the square