I am claustrophobic in crowded areas so I always head away from them. I usually get lost, but I enjoy finding my way back. I took pictures of laundry hanging from lines that were attached to two different buildings (the alleys are only about 6 feet across). It reminded me of a cartoon. I found an empty courtyard with a huge green door (a lot of the buildings in Venice have BIG doors). I sat in the shade in that courtyard for at least 30 minutes hoping someone would come out of the green door. No luck -- the courtyard remained empty. I wandered around and came up on a café that was quiet but for two men sitting in the back. I went in search of the touristy areas so that I could meet my group. Along the way, I found great post cards, I watched the gondolas drifting down the canals. I stood on the Bridge of Sighs, I put my feet in the Adriatic to cool off. I finally sat down at a table with an umbrella because I wanted to write all of my post cards while I was 'in the moment'. I took off my shoes and sipped on a soda. It was awesome. Venice was hot that day and I needed a pick-me-up break. When it was time to leave, we boarded a vaporetto (small boat) and returned to the car park a different way. This time, we saw Venice from the front. The light reflecting off of the copper roofs was blinding. There were cruise liners passing by, small boats zipping past. I slept all the way back to Garmisch.
Arriving in the city, and walking out of the train station into the fresh marine breeze. Take a moment to watch the busy boats going to and fro, and see Venice as an outsider for the very first time.
It may comes as a surprise but there are green parks in Venice. This is the Giardini in Castello - a shady tree-lined avenue which leads up to Via Garibaldi - shame his staute and fountain at the top is rather folorn but somehow turtles manage to survive in its water! The second pic shows the rather forlorn fountain in the Giardini in Castello. The lion is barely visible now its so overgrown with moss. The turtles seemed happy enough though swimming around in the water a the bottom.
SOUVENIRS FROM VENICE
SOUVENIRS FROM VENICE
Venice is a huge shopping centre too. Buying a souvenir is almost a must here, but you don't have to spend much (though you CAN spend a lot!!). From plastic models of gondolas and other Venetian boats to glass items (from candys at 1$ each) such as exquisitely crafted animals or miniature vases, glass beads and jewelry. For fine papers items, Venice is famous for its distinctive marbelized paper. Diaries or leather covered journals are great souvenirs. Look for lace on the island of Burano and glass in the island of Murano.
It is recommended that you take as little as possible on your person. Depending on time of year, it may be extremely hot and even during the winter (when we went), it was not so cool. If arriving by train, you may want to store your luggage at the train station. It is rather convenient if your not staying the night. All that is needed is a small backpack so that you may store your belongings. It is highly recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes. The main path from the train station to San Marco is wonderful. There are many sites and structures to be adored, but the true character of Venezia can be seen around the corner. Being winter it was extremely erie in some areas as we were the only ones walking. You would here voices around but it was hard to tell exactly were they were coming from. Little bringes and the structures archaic expression created a romantic backdrop for many memories. The true character of Venezia must be experienced here.