Postcards from the airport.
If, like me, you forget to post your postcards until you get to the airport, beware - there is a postbox before security but you cannot buy postage stamps. You can buy postage stamps after security, BUT THERE IS NO POSTBOX!!!
So, if you want to post those last minute cards, you have to go back out through security to the post boxes and then through the detectors etc to go back to departures.
Visit St Mark's, as early as...
Visit St Mark's, as early as you possibly can in the morning. The way to do this is to be a devout Catholic, and go to the mass held at 8 am. You can stand quietly and respectfully, and just look. look at the ceiling, the mosaics. Breathe in the incense and damp stone smell. Look at the lecturn, the same wooden structure where the Doge Dandolo launched the 4th Crusade. Look at the Nicopeia Madonna. Light a candle. Arriving at Torcello, in March. Early morning, no one around, just water and marsh and birds. Walking along the cobbled path beside the reedy little canal, to the cathedral. Inside, the stark madonna staring gravely down at you, set on gold mosaic.
Gliding Under The RIALTO BRIDGE
The PONTE DI RIALTO (Rialto Bridge) is not only a Venetian monument but also a National Monument - in my eyes.
Built within 3 years - between 1588 and 1591, the Rialto Bridge is a permanent replacement for the boat bridge and 3 wooden bridges that had spanned the Grand Canal at various times since the 12th Century.
It was recorded that the architect of the famed Bridge, Antonio da Ponte ("Anthony of the Bridge," appropriately enough), competed against such illustrious men like Michelangelo and Palladio to finally win the contract.
The Rialto Bridge has 3 walkways: 2 along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between 2 rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and other items for the tourist trade.
Probably the most asked question is, which is the best time to visit Venice? Some like it in spring, other in fall but most in the summer time. In my opinion, the best is to visit it in the first week of September, more specific, the first Sunday. It is the time when the most important event of the year take place, so called Regata Storica (Historic regata). During that event Venice is in particularly colourful, especially the canals which are cowded with the boats of all kind and their crew, dressed in the historic clothes from the Venice past.
View from the Basilica di San Marco
Another view over the beautiful square. The square is huge, and the people look like miniatures from up here. You can clearly see it isn't summer as the terraces are almost totally empty. All you can see are the bright coloured chairs on the right hand side of the square.