Venice! (a little bit late)

Trip Start Oct 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 26, 2006

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Hello all!

Sorry this entry is slightly delayed - the only internet cafe in Venice we could find seemed a bit seedy. Anyways, we had a fantastic time in Venice. In spite of the horribly early wake up time (5am) : ( we were able to catch the train with plenty of time, and Venice appeared like a paradise out of the mist as we approached the station. To anyone who has never been to Venice, it is impossible to describe the city - no matter how many times you see it on TV you never have the feel for it, and wandering around the renaissance streets on the first day, basking in glorious Mediterranean sunlight was a quasi-mystical experience, at least as far as gap year travels go. The light in Venice is bright and clear because of all the water- like no where else. The buildings aren't perfect, they do feel as though they might crumble into the lagoon but this only adds to the city's charm. Anyway, on the second day we got to do Venice proper, and what a lot there is to do! In the great hall of the Doge's palace we spent 25 minutes gazing at the ceiling, and failed to get bored! (we were there of our own choice), we were able for the first time to have legendary Italian ice-cream at lunch at Paolin's, the best place in Venice, and in the afternoon we visited the accedemia, the city's treasure-trove of renaissance art, in which we invented the ever more popular game, find the ugliest baby Jesus in the priceless renaissance art. Seriously though, it was spectacular, and this was only compounded on the second day by visiting the Guggenheim modern art museum, one of the only places I've ever been that can seem so unassuming, so serene and beautiful in the garden, and yet allow you to go from one room to the next, moving from Picasso to Dali to the Itallian futurists. Definitely worth a look for all you in prospect of a visit. Anyway the city was magical, and this was only improved upon by dinner on the last night. And from there, it was off to Padua, then on to Verona...
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