Locanda SS. Giovanni e Paolo
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... pigeons around as vermin or "flying rats", there is only one garden, the price of a square metre in Venice is something like 35,000 euros. It is also the birth place of Galileo and Vivaldi. He also showed us what he called hidden treasure - a beautiful ornate marble staircase at the back of a council building, now used used as a fire escape.
No visit to Venice would be complete without the obligatory ride on the gondola ...
... and made reservations for us. It was a charming place and they set a special table for us outside on a small street. It ended up being a a special and memorable dinner...lots of wine, excellent food and service.
After dinner we all took a gondola ride along one of the many beautiful canals in Venice. Lots of wine at dinner added to the merriment and our attempt at singing some classic Italian songs.
One of many nights that made our trip so special!
... Yes and No, we needed to get across the Grand Canal to reach Santa Maria, and took a Tragetta - a short Gondola ride from one side to the other.
Santa Maria church very ornate on the outside but very plain on the inside, compared to St. Mark's.
We then jumped onto the city water bus to tour the Grand Canal from end to end. Took way too many pictures, it all started to look the same after a while. But we did scout out ...
... the Sydney CBD at the same time. It was very busy but at least we were heading out of town. It took the best part of 90 minutes to arrive at Pisa and another ten minutes to walk to the main area from the bus stop. Our guide, Mikayla, was waiting for us outside the ticket booth with instructions for getting the tickets for some of the venues. Climbing the tower was an extra 18€ ($27), however most of the students were happy to pay this for the ...
... in striped shirts advertising their gondolas. There were lots of people dressed up in Venetian costumes, asking tourists to take photos with them, and then after demanding euros for the photo - luckily we are well aware of these ploys. To give us some direction to our wandering this morning, we decided to try and find the hotel Shay and Dad would be staying in tonight as they arrived today. At first, we found it a little difficult but sooner or ...