Al Raspo de Ua
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... were many interesting things - shield/weapon rooms, map room and lots of artwork, incuding the largest oil painting on Earth - 'Il Paradiso' by Tintoretto.
After this we made a beeline back to the apartment - I think tourists were the only people mad enough to be out in this weather! We made sure we had enough cheeses, meats, wine AND dessert (some very delicious tiramisu the girls found in a little deli/cafe) to do us for the evening...next stop ...
... The wake left by the ambulance was substantial and left smaller boats to fend for themselves.
Murano is made up of seven individual islands connected by a series of canals and bridges….just like Venice. Today, there are somewhere around 35 or 40 glass blowing foundries operating on the islands of Murano. As the story goes, the glass makers were moved from Venice around the end of the 13th Century for fear they might cause a fire that the ...
... to await ‘Light Blue 02’ to be called to disembark. At 09:20 we got the ‘nod’ and headed with the rest of the ‘Light Blue 02’ passengers and the odd ‘Light Blue 01’ straggler.
One last look around and a final ‘beep’ as our cruise cards were swiped for the last time indicating that the Hodgson’s had left the building (or in this case, the Ship!)
As we approached the arrivals hall, a ...
... whose powers were carefully defined by the Venetian constitution. Real power was with the Council of Ten and the 2,000 or so members of the Grand Council, from whose member the doge and advisors were elected. (Doge Marin Falier was beheaded in 1355 for plotting to become absolute ruler of Venice. His execution was a warning to future doges.) Venice was in its heydays in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Venetian system of government came close to democracy and ...
... I spent most of it
looking up into the mountains where we will be spending the next 2 weeks. I had
an Italian businessman next to me for the first part of the trip then a girl
who looked about Laura’s age got on just short of Venice. She was reading an
American newspaper. I spoke to her briefly when I was checking that I was getting
off at the correct stop. So it was funny the next day when I finished the long
distance event to find ...