The Waterways of Venezia
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
21Trip End Oct 23, 2009
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Venice is a very touristy city, as cruise ships drop off their passengers for the day. Nevertheless, getting lost in the streets and enjoying a caprisi panini was still exciting and romantic.
The first evening we enjoyed dinner at da Galleon, in a neighborhood that much less touristy where the bambinos ride around on their little scooters, up and down the vias late at night. The food (with emphasis on fish, of course) was delicious, particularly the antipasti clam soup. We enjoyed pleasantries with a man who dined next to us, who ended up being Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Klein, he was in from Milan that day to visit a CK factory and he shared with us many places to dine in Milan and Portofino
We took a water taxi out to the Island of Murano and toured the art glass factory of Marco Polo.
Our walking tour throughout Venice took us to Piazza San Marco, along duckboards, as the tide was high today and the water flowed into the entryway and over the mosaic tiles of the Basilica. The piazza was filled with beautiful detailed architecture, funny tourists and mille pigeons.
Our favorite excursions took us around the streets, through tight alleyways, and over pedestrian bridges as we watched gondolas and boats pass by.
The gondola ride took us to places we never would have seen on foot and gave us a new perspective on this different community and way of life... truly a unique destination in the world.