Today we are going to Muse about Venice, Italy, the first stop on a recent trip. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Two days ago we landed in Miami and headed home, tired at the end of a seventeen day trip with friends, Mr. and Mrs. L. I am still recovering. This morning I went to play croquet and did poorly, very poorly. I chalk it up to travel hangover. So we wont talk about that; we will talk about the trip.
Our first European destination was Venice, Italy. We met our friends in JFK airport which was a surprise to Mrs L. Mr. L. had not told her we were joining them. After the “Oh my gawds” we all settled down and flew off in happy harmony.
The first stop of course was our hotel, the Cipriani, very nice indeed.
Located on one of the smaller islands it has spacious tranquil grounds and a nice pool area.
It also has nice room service.
The city spread out across the water.
Looking away from the hotel we could see St Mark’s Campanile in the distance. The hotel had its own launches to take guests into the city.
The launch docked in an area next to Piazza San Marco.
We were in Venice three days, spending most of our time on the main island. As you can see in the pictures the weather was generally good, overcast some but not cold. The crowds were daunting. Here are a thousand of our closest friends.
This is in late October. Imagine what it must be like in the summer.
St Mark’s was being worked on and was partially hidden in the scaffolding.
But despite the massive crowds Venice was full of wonderful sights, expensive shops and charming side-walk restaurants.
Note the color of the water. It was unlike any water I have seen before. I don’t think there are fish in it and no one swims in it.
The last day in Venice, we were on board the Ruby Princess ready for our cruise to begin. Our plan was to go into the city and view La Biennale di Venezia. This is one of life’s little lessons. Don’t put off to the end something you really want to do. The day began with a low blanket of fog which persisted until well into the afternoon.
Because of limited visibility the water shuttles were not running. We were stuck on board. No Biennale!
More to come.
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