Sunday, 23 November 2014
Today was my last day in Venice, although my parents were staying for a little longer. We got started early, and who wouldn’t with this beautiful view. My Dad sure knows how to pick a place.
Today we decided to go over the Grand Canal to the very tip of the entrance on that side, near to the Dorsoduro, to take in the sights. It is a bit of a walk though so we took our time. This morning the gondola’s were in full production and it was pretty funny watching them trying to get under the short bridges.
If you plan a trip, (be it to Disney or Europe) always try to plan it during the off-season. Things may not be open as late or as long, but the lack of crowds is always worth it (take it from a former Disney Cast member). I don’t think my parents realize how lucky they are to have seen St. Marks almost empty!
Family pictures! I got a few on my camera!
It was a bit of a walk to get across the Grand Canal so by the time we got there we were awake and eager. It didn’t help that we decided to do this during high tide so one minute we are standing on the edge gazing at the beautiful view, the next I am screeching like an alley cat as I tried to keep my feet dry.
(My Dad swears this is an outhouse… sometimes I wonder how we are related).
After that nice walk we went back to St. Mark’s Square to do some of the museums there. First we visited The Correr Museum. The museum is build in the Napoleonic wing, built in 1806-1814, when Venice was part of the Kingdom of Italy for Napoleon (who would have guessed right?). Of course it wasn’t finished until after Venice was under someone else rule, because you know that’s just how this happens. Like most older buildings in Italy, the rooms are masterpieces, with ornate paintings on the walls, carvings, and an all over atmosphere of history and strength.
Now the Correr Museum actually connects to the Archaeological Museum, so we journeyed into that next. It had some really interesting pieces, but I think the coolest is below.
It’s probably hard to see exactly what this is. The map on the wall is a very famous map of Venice, you can get a print of it anywhere. Underneath that glass however is the original 6 wood blocks that were used to make it. They are massive, it’s crazy to imagine someone sitting there and carving such an intricate woodblock. How beautiful!!
At this point it was time to get lunch and go back to the hotel so I could grab my bag and walk to the train station (it would have been faster to take a water taxi but I like walking around cities like this).
The smell of fish once it’s not super fresh makes me super nauseous, like about to throw-up nauseous. I am happy to report however that Venice doesn’t smell like that (I was actually really worried about that, because I did not want to be gagging the entire trip). Typically when I am near the ocean or fish restaurants I have a puerperal stomach ache from nauseousness. Venice is very clean however, and it doesn’t smell like fish at all!
Bye-bye beautiful city. I already miss you.
Also can I just say, if I could possibly fit one of these masks in my luggage without breaking it my wallet would be in epic trouble.
Back to work and FAO!