Favorite thing: As you can see, the sentence "leave your car on the street" has a new connotation here in Venice. This is one of the small "side" streets and you have people "parking" their cars (read boats) outside the door to their homes. Notice the laundry hanging over the street, you feel right at home here.
Favorite thing: In Venice the waterways are the streets and take the place of what most land locked cities think of as side streets or alleyways. This "small" canal gives access to many homes and you can see the boats moored at the "car park" infront of the homes. Many of them give direct access to the home from the boat, you step out of the boat into the house....
Favorite thing: The canals range in size from the Grand Canal to little tiny things that only one single small boat can squeeze through, this one is somwhere in the middle size, but it runs perfectly straight, which was very unusual, most of the streets are squiggly, jogging, doglegging or wiggling from point to point.
Okay, so Venice is the city of canals, but it is also a city with laws and one of them is in plain sight here, this canal is a ONE WAY canal, the water only flows one way...
And if you believe that I have a deal for you, the London Bridge is going cheap ^O^.
But seriously the canal here is narrow and many of the boats would not be able to pass each other, so it is restricted to one way, just like with us landlubbers.
Favorite thing: This is how you see the grand canal from the waterbus. It still amazes me to think that all of the buildings we see here are residences where people live and their "front door" opens directly onto a pier and their boat, no access roads, alleys or highways, not at least on dry land.
Favorite thing: This is something that we did not see much of in Venice, gardens, in fact this was the ONLY one that we did see, and you can see it only from the water as on the land side it is enclosed on three sides.
Favorite thing: This is a typical scene in the streets of Venice. A street where there is no soil and all is water. This was the private entrance to a home, the owners come home in their boad, shop from their boat and who knows what all else, just like you do with your car..
Favorite thing: Well I think I have said this before...we were on the water bus and we do not know what this building was, Lorenzo and Alsi did not know and we did not know. Well I guess that means we will have to go back and visit Lorenzo and Asli again to check ^O^
Favorite thing: We saw this beautiful pinkish-maroon colored house, it seems that nobody could find white paint here in Venice, although many of the colors are earthen types they are almost all different and livens the streets up. The small wooden bridge on the left was under repairs and a steel bridge had been built over it. I hope that they do not plan to replace it with a more modern structure.
Although we had only one day to spend in Venice I really did want to cruise along the canals and this we did. I took lots of photographs of which this is one. We did pay our tour agent quite an amount for this but you can do exactly the same thing, using the local vaporettas (I am not sure of the spelling) and this is not expensive.
However rmuch you pay it really is well worth it.
Fondest memory: Apart from cruising along the canals I think my best memory is when we actually walked into St. Mark's Square - the atmosphere almost hits you!
Fondest memory: Venice has hundreds of canals in which boats drive through. These are like the "streets" for transportation in Venice. There are pedestrian walkways along the canals, but they are narrow, and with the large number of people, it can get extremely crowded. But this is the beauty of Venice...canals.
Favorite thing: walk, walk, and walk! There are so many beautiful places in Venice which are situated not near water. Tourist usually go only to several churches, cathedrals, and museums. I would say that there is a special charm of Venice in the places where tourists do not usually go. This Venice is quite, slow, like a lazy little kitten. Almost all the buildings in Venice are beautiful. They are not big, very accurate, with nice decorations made of green plants and flowers flowers. When you go away from noise, you feel the spirit of the real Venice – and it is wonderful.
Tis true "real" people actually do live in Venice...
...and what is more romantic than being serenaded as you glide throught the ancient canals arm in arm with your darling...
Gazing up upon row after row of drying underwear....
To really experience Venice, we made it a point to stay the night. Venice is completely different once the day-trippers leave. It transforms into the quaint town it is meant to be, and not some kind of Disneyland. We had the canals to ourselves. We wandered the neighborhoods and talked to the locals.
This is the way to remember Venice.
Favorite thing: The typical campo is not filled with jaw-dropping beauty. However, I think the common Venetian or northern Italian architecture is beautiful in its own right. I love the shuttered windows (often painted green) and the stucco buildings (often red or salmon colored). The squares seem to be little commerce centers with a green grocer, a wine shop, several cafes and maybe an osteria.