Day 11 - morning
Right after our glass-blowing demonstration, we were once again back at St. Mark's Square. We now had an hour to spare before our next excursion. I looked at my watch and for a moment, hesitated while thinking that maybe an hour wouldn’t be enough time to visit the Bell Tower! However, always one for a challenge, without thinking twice, we made a dash towards it and waited in line to purchase our tickets.
You see, I really wanted to go way up to the top of the Bell Tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, one of the most recognizable symbol of the city! And usually what I want.....well, I get! Ha, ha, ha!
Standing at 98.6 meters (323 feet) tall, it stood alone in a corner of St. Mark’s Square, near the front of the basilica. It had a simple form, the bulk of which was made in brick. The original tower was built in the 16th
century whereas the current one was reconstructed in this present form in 1912 after the collapse of the other one in 1902. Interesting facts!
We must have waited in line for a good 15 minutes or so before our turn to take the elevator came up. During that time, we kept watching our watches every single minute. After all, time was pressing…..we only had an hour to make it to the top, walk around the platform and then come back down!
Our turn eventually came much to my delight and up the elevator shaft we went just like the speed of a bullet. Ha, ha, ha! Actually, the elevator was quite modern and it took just a couple of minutes! A local person was operating it!
Well, let me tell you that the wait was all worth it because once up there, the vistas from the tower were absolutely breathtaking. I could see all of Venice in a 360 degree panoramic view! It was unbelievable. Looking around me, five humongous bells hanged above the tower’s ceiling in which I hoped would not start chiming while I was there. After all, I didn’t want to lose my hearing of some sort!
Feeling quite happy of having made it to the top, I can tell you that we didn’t stay very long since we were now worried about the wait to go down. We did take however, the necessary time to walk all around the tower’s platform while admiring the views from the four corners of it.
As quick as we came up, fifteen minutes later, we were back on the ground, still having half an hour left at our leisure. Talk about excellent timing! And to think, all that worry for nothing! Ha, ha, ha!
And then there it was, right in front of me the jewelry store that I’ve been looking all around Italy for! The Pandora Jewelry store! Yeahhhh! Michel couldn’t have held me back even if a hurricane was coming as I was so much determined to go there and buy the piece of jewelry that I’ve been looking for! And this, regardless of the time we had left to spare!
Well, you’ll be happy to know that they did have the piece of Pandora jewelry that I’ve been looking for and so be it…I purchased it! My very own souvenir of Italy I proudly told Michel while showing off my brand new 14K gold Pandora bracelet as it shone in the sun. I also purchased with it a gold Murano pink bead and a gold safety chain. Thanks Michel! Monique :-)