Trip Start Jun 01, 2003
Trip End Jun 21, 2003

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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Our journey slowly but surely was coming to an end.   We arrived at the ferry parking lot after following the signs towards Venice.  I've been searching for hours to find the location of our hotel again, but I can't and since it wasn't very special to begin with I'm giving up. 

After taking the ferry and following the directions to our hotel we're eager to explore. We went over what seemed a thousand tiny bridges, by crocked bell towers and eventually we've made it to the Piazza San Marco.  

I love the Basilica di San Marco, but unfortunately (and completely due to my fault) I was not allowed in (I didn't wear proper coverage - sleevless shirt).  My husband had to go by himself and I waited outside sad not being able to go with him.  But I have been to Venice before and had been inside before. 

While my husband explored the beautiful inside of this church, I passed my time with terrorizing people by throwing pigeon food at them when they least expected it.  Everytime I hit my target a whole group of pigeons would start their descent.  A bag of the food was about 1.00 EUR and it lasted quite a while.  I was having a blast and was crying tears evertime another fellow tourist would start running, not sure what was happening to them or why the pigeons suddenly "attacked". 

I want to use this chance to say SORRY to everyone that was mad at me.  It was not right, but I would probably do it again.  I just can't help myself - try it out - it's sooooooooo much fun!  

We've walked at least 1.5 hours to find a land way to the beautiful church that you'll notice on every Venice postcard: Basilica della Salute.  We really like walking but this walk was a killer.  Either get a really good map or do yourself a favor and take one of the cheap water taxis.  You'll thank me later - trust me!

As in most tourist destinations, food is cheaper a little further away from the main attractions.  And I don't mean far away, just a few side streets can already make a big difference.

I've been to the island of Murano as a child, but we did not go on our short stay in Venice.  Murano is home to the fine arts of glass blowing.  You can watch the artists at their work and of course you'll buy some completely useless figurine because you just can't help yourself.

Since we were on our honeymoon, we HAD to go for the gondola ride and although extremely expensive (EUR 80.00) it was very romantic and we love thinking back at it.  Our gondoliere was singing songs and we saw Venice from a different angle: The water angle, with nobody else in the seat but us and the only noise coming from the gondoliere slowly steering the boat. 

Venice was lovely and as I'm sure everyone is aware: It's sinking.

Go see it while you can!

And with that said I'm done.  This was the story of our honeymoon.  I hope you enjoyed my pictures and I've told you about special places you haven't heard about before.  There are more pictures in the photo gallery - don't miss out.

Now go ahead and plan you own vacation in BELLA ITALIA!

As for me I'm off to write my report about our trip to the Domenican Republic.  See you there!
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