Saturday, May 26, 2007

Entering Venice by Taxi

Arriving in Venice on Sunday 05/06/07 we hopped the Alilaguna water bus from the airport to Venice. Once deposited on the dock at Piazza San Marco smack dab in the middle of the mid-day crowds we eventually found a taxi to take us to our hotel somewhere between the Piazza and the Rialto Bridge. The ride there took us to a canal leading right under the Bridge of Sighs. Once inside and onto the smaller canals of Venice we arrived at our hotel (Pensione al Gazzettino) our room with high ceilings, a Murano glass chandelier and a little balcony overlooked this:Boisterous during the day the gondoliers eventually put their crafts to sleep and its a quiet night.Upon waking up our first night at 1:30 in the morning we decided to go out for a walk. From Piazza San Marco we wound our way through the cobbled streets crossing bridges over quiet canals finding our way to the Grand Canal (taken from the Rialto Bridge).
For the next couple of days we crossed many bridges on our walks through the lovely cobbled streets. We got lost and found treasures at every turn.My sweetie standing on the bridge that crosses the canal to our hotel. Our little balcony is up on the left just above his head.It was a lovely trip and I want to return. I really loved one of the little islands we visited called Burano with the most beautiful brightly painted houses and laundry hanging from every window. Being there was like burying your face in fresh sheets just taken out of the dryer. We picked up some local pastries and sweet wine there, and of course took a ton of photos.

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