Trip Start May 24, 2011
41Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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What was really surprising to me was that there were no cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. in the ENTIRE city. Honestly. It was a real nice change of scenery from the typical run-you-over traffic in Florence. I fear for my life every day. Ha. Just kidding. Anyway, in Venice, their mode of transportation is strictly just by water. Ferries are everywhere and that's how we really got around the city. I loved it because it was so out of the ordinary. However, traveling by water ALL the time certainly made me seasick. (I've always had a bad case of motion sickness and even used to throw up on airplanes
In Venice, we visited St. Mark's Basilica and it was beautiful with the mosaic tiles ALL around the church! I can't imagine how much time it took to create the beautiful artwork! The church was really different than all the ones we've seen before because the floor is all crooked and bumpy. We asked our tour guide and he said it was because the church is right underneath the water and the water has caused the floor to move!! It's not super obvious, but you can tell the floor is crooked when you're walking on it. It was such a bizarre feeling, but really cool!
While in Venice, we traveled to two islands off the coast. We first visited Murano which is a little island known for it's glass making. EVERYTHING is made from glass and it is so beautiful. The colors just POP and everything is made with such precision. We were able to witness a "master" work with glass and he molded a tiny little fish
After Murano, we visited the tiny island of Burano. Burano is known for it's lacework and cute, colorful houses. I felt like I was in Candyland. It really just looked like the board game brought to life. You can see from the pictures how animated and colorful the town was!
As wonderful as Venice was, it feels good to be back here on solid ground in Florence. Only a few more days until a new country! The nerves are beginning!! Ahhhhh!!