Magnuson Hotel Denham Springs
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... others toured city, major sailboat race,
Day 11 May 20 T Rome: Arrived Civitavecchia, bus to Rome (Elena)- Hotel Ambasciatori, forgot hat on bus-returned next day,, walked to Spanish Steps and Trevi Fondation, lunch at local restaurant, pizza across street from hotel (waiter's wife worked in Baton Rouge)
Day 12 May 21 W Venice: Fast train to Venice, met by Untour host ...
... which captured and filtered water into the centrally located well. A dramatic stairwell- The Stairs of Giants- leads from the piazza level to the Palace. I've included some photos taken in and from the piazza.
Here are some images of the Doge's Palace on an Internet site.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=dog e's+palace&qpvt=doge%27s+palace& ;FORM=IGRE
... and emergency vessels (ambulance and fire- we saw one of the former but not the latter).
We observed and were on vessels in the Grand Canal and Rios numerous times. In spite, of the many boats and their many interactions we observed we didn't observe even one mishap, not even one contact between boats!! All the skippers appeared to be calm, cool-headed (not what one hears about Italians) and patient. I guess they've had a lot of years to get it right? ...
... a scale model of an experimental vessel (dated 1898) with a winged rudder and keel that was never constructed but predated by almost 100 years the modern concepts of a winged keel and hydrofoils.
One of the rowed "galleons" (?) had an unusual configuration for the oars with each oar station consisting of 3 side by side oars with each station manned by 3 oarsmen. I counted approximately 25 ...
... good health and a safe journey that none of us will soon forget.
Unfortunately I was the only one doing the journal entries so only my perspective of the trip was shared.
Thanks all for prayers, comments and just following along.
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