Monday, November 4, 2013

Venice (Italy) - Places Worth Exploring


Two days in Rome, one day in Florence the following day, we cruised in the waters of Venice while passing by the iconic buildings and other huge cruise ships. Venice on this Sunday was crazily packed until we couldn't immediately get down from the boat. Literally crushed, we waited and when signalled to walk, we followed the line of people in the extremely hot summer, but we made sure we didn't loose sight of our guide who was leading ahead of us.  
At Piazza San Marco we met our Italian, really elderly tour guide, he must have been in his 70's,  who spoke about the significance of this piazza, often known as St Mark's square and constructed in the ninth century as a small square, dotted with trees. Rebuilt in 1912 after the original tower collapsed in 1902, Piazza San Marco is filled with centuries of history, its also the location of important government buildings and others facilities central in Venice. Grand St Mark's Church on one end, Campanile bell tower in the center, Doge palace close by and famous arcade cafes on three sides. All of these places, including the Murano Glass Blowing demonstration and the stalls at the narrow street we covered as well. But I guess the central attraction is still within Piazza San Marco, where you are no longer allowed to fee the pigeons. Please don't. One of our tour buddies did, and he was rudely shouted at the officer. Really rude. Wonder if this is how tourists are treated in Venice? Unbelievable. I was rather offended, thankfully, my tour buddy didn't get all worked up. 




In between the hours before and after lunch, we had some time for walking in and out of the branded stores. Became a major hype until tour guide had to remind everyone that shopping will be allocated later. Thereafter, the moment to gondola ride. The must experience of a lifetime. But its not as you would awed in movies, nor on social media. Its a rush. Stand among the hundreds in the long queue, rushed again into the boat, and summer literally burned our skin. Still, whatever said, gondola ride will make you feel fantastic, as though one which you have awaited for patiently, one which will utterly shatter you inside out. World spoken ride, mind you, do it because Venice is sinking. Not sure it will be around for the years to come.     








Gondola Ride over within the next 30 minutes, time for retail therapy and bye-bye Venice.   



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14 comments:

  1. I'm salivating not by your food, but the bags this time.......... I've a weakness for bags!

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  2. Amazing city! I went to this venice last year!

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  3. Such a beautiful city...loved the shots of the churches, and of course, the bags!!

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  4. Venice is such a beautiful city
    Keep in touch,
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  5. I Love Venice.. Went to Venice 5 years back.. Nice photos.. We went to Murano Island also..

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  6. Oh my god .Venice .. a dream place i want to visit.Gandola is boat ride over there . i am happy i guessed it right :)

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  7. Wow! glad to see Venice through ur eyes Nava.

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  8. Beautiful clicks... Loved the bags.. Looking forward for your next post Nava.. Have fun.. Hugsxx

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  9. Oh mine dream place of all times....just cannot imagine how gorgeous that beauty is from street to street...have fun nava

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  10. Thanks for the virtual tour. Enjoyed the pics...

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  11. One of my list places to go before died...
    fascinating!
    btw, my sister got robbed by a bunch of punk while visiting Venice.....

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