A Canal, a Sea of Tourists, & 8 Nuns Having Pizza

Trip Start May 11, 2011
Trip End May 20, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 7 A Canal, a Sea of Tourists, and 8 Nuns Having Pizza
After oversleeping today, we made the train to Venice, which was 1 1/4 hours from Verona. When we arrived at the train station, it was like another land! Off the train onto a city no cars, canals and people! We walked to our hotel, thanks to a series of maps, which took about 20 minutes. We really like the hotel, which is in a quieter section of Venice , and the view over the Grand Canal is stunning. We walked around to get our barings, and headed to St Mark's.
The Square was a sea of humanity and tourists! We toured St Mark's itself, which s kind f dingy and dark inside, no lights. Not as impressive as some of the ohter churches we saw, espially the Duomo in Siena. Anyway, did lots more walking around, had gelati, walked some more. It was warm, but pleasant. Too many tourists for Bob, though. We stopped for coffee in the late afternoon, and Bob had a cappuccino, while I had a frozen mochasomething!
We had dinner at a place the hotel recommended, far from the hotel in the Jewish Quarter. On the way there, saw 8 nuns having pizza in the Jewish Quarter! Our dinner was good, but took over an hour to find our way home. Who knew Bob could no read a map at night!! Not too fun!
I am having trouble with the keyboard on this small computer, so this entry is short. This computer is on its way out!

Observations from Bob:

Shutters - all homes have working shutters. As air conditioning is not as common in the old buildings, all homes use the breeze to cool their homes. The shutters block the sun light and let the cool breezes enter the home. I'd like to own a home that has functioning shutters.

Personal space - There is no personal space in Italy. Not a bad thing, just something to get use to. The people have no problem elbow to elbow, where in the USA one would say excuse me if we get within 1 foot of each other. I guess that is the product of a new country.

Boats - everyone is in a boat. Last night we saw a businessman coming home from work on a speed boat, and a young woman (Megan or Shannon's age) on the cell phone steering an outboard motor.

Cruise ships - the flood of tourism is good for the immedate economy, but long term damage from all the overweight German and American tourests will be the end for these islands...to say nothing of the disregard of flash photograph restrictions at place that show old paintings. In many locations I was reminded of the Vegas Strip (what I have seen in commericals). Plus they say when the ships enter the canal, the motors actually shake businesses/buildings!

Road system - There is none. No need for any further explanation, but once the sun goes done -- be in your hotel! The best way to descripe this (beautful) place would like being a flea on brail...walls every where!
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Pit on

Loved all your blogs - it was a treat after dinner each night to find out how your trip was going - the 8 nuns having pizza sounds like a punch line to a joke - Safe travels back to the States -

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