Another beautiful day in Venice
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
83Trip End Ongoing
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Went up Campanile di San Marco which is the Bell Tower
Checked out Basilicia of San Marco, which is St Marks Church. No talking, no skin showing (Kel had to pay €1 for a paper shroud to cover her boobs), no backpacks, no photography, no video-ography, etc. However they welcome you to pay the entrance fee, + another fee to see behind the altar, + expensive post cards! I guess they believe if you cant take photos, you’ll buy the postcard. The Church was quite nice, we were able to climb to the top where the Statues of 4 horses are, and get good views of the square below. Were able to take photos outside on the Balcony.
Had a Gondola ride in Venice, another thing on Kels list of things to do. The driver spoke good English, and provided some good commentary. No free Champagne, but I think it was still before lunch time anyway. He’s been doing Gondolas for 26 years, but doesn’t have massive Biceps – its all in the technique. A lot of low bridges, where he leans his weight to one side for the Gondola to tip to allow the front pointy statue bit of the boat to only just pass under
Facts of the day:
Venice is SINKING at an alarming rate! 2.5 inches per decade. Our book also tells us Venice is a city which shouldn’t exist, but does. Some sort of medieval argument happened, and people got put there and cut off from the main land. They managed to survive on the 160+ islands – which now feels like only 1 or 2 islands. Flooding occurs almost daily – we didn’t see it, but our Gondola driver said the water often floods 40cm above high tide. There are also lots of photos up, of St Marks square full of water. All buildings are several stories tall, so I guess people don’t use their ground floor much anymore – only for fishing!
Stayed the night at Bologna, so we were closer to Tuscany for our next adventure. First caravan park with its own Pizzeria. Possibly the best pizzas we’ve ever had!
"Life is a journey, not a destination." Stephen Tyler.