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Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
13Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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We were in Venice and no internet point that we could find so we are now catching up.
First class on the fast train to Venice - wow!!
It went 200km an hour and we arrived in Venice at noon.
Climbed onto the ferry, standing room only and got off at the Rialto stop.
Our landlady Serena met us at the stop and led us through narrow crowded streets to our wonderful apartment, posh in fact, close to everything. It was even air conditioned so we were ecstatic. We were 2 minutes walk to St Mark's Square. We had a lovely lunch on the outdoor patio and went exploring through the literal maze of streets. We could hardly believe we were here
The next day we took the Ferry to Murano Island, it was about 40 minutes and cost 15 Euro round trip. We were thinking of mom and all of her Murano glass which some of us have inherited. There is a lot of traffic on the waterways and they have lanes divisible by pylons complete with lights for night travel. We visited a glass factory where they had the furnaces going and were making glass right in front of us. Of course, they had a "special" showroom with beautiful individual works of glass art - Dianne almost bought a $8000 Euro stunning Bull sculpture. His last price was $5600 Euro and the salesman said that Di could surprise her husband with such a beuatiful piece (Bill, you were sitting on her shoulder as she didn't buy it). So far no ticky tacky items purchased.
That night Laurie and Di went on a mystery walking tour through the Cannaregio district. We learned about many legends, usually deaths, that happened years ago. We saw St Michael's Island across the water where all Venitians are buried
Becky and Karen, wandered the streets and canals and did a whole lot of window shopping. Mom, we envisioned you shopping at the same stores we were looking at. Georgeous masks and chrystal and designer fashions (Gucci, Ferrari, Cartier, La Costa, Rolex, etc). So fun just to look at and dream.
The next day Karen walked over the Rialto Bridge and did some exploring on her own. The Rialto bridge was done by the same builder as the Ponte Vecchio. It had 3 walkways and had stores in the middle - very wide. Laurie, Becky, and Dianne went off to see the Doge Palace (Karen had already seen it). It was the official resident of the 120 Doges who ruled Venice from 697 to 1797. It is an elegant Gothic structure with lavish embelishments. The artist Titian, Tintireto, Bellini decorated the Palace with paintings and sculptures (every surface including behind a fireplace and on the ceilings). In the afternoon we went into St Mark's Cathedral. Yes, we were in the long line but it moved very quickly. The Cathedral inside was all Mosaic tiles
We had one more day to explore Vencie before catching the 6:30 fast train back to Florence. We spent it doing the things we really wanted to do. Karen walked the boardwalk of the Grand Canal and watched the artists. Becky and Laurie walked down the grand canal to the park. Dianne went to the Peggi Guggenheim collection of modern art. Dianne was amazed at the extent of the collect. Almost every modern artist Di ever studied was there and she was thrilled.
We all met back at the apartment to catch the train and headed back to Florence.
We love and miss you all. Thank you Don Bolen for letting me know all is well and glad to hear you are enjoying your bike trip. Hopefuly Bill, your second week of hiking is less wet. Becky was talking to John on the phone who said that mom was doing really well, almost back to her normal self and we are glad to hear that mom keeps working on getting better.
Dianne, Karen, Becky and Laurie