VENICE (VENEZIA) - CITY OF CANALS

Trip Start May 28, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Sunday, June 3, 2007

DAVID & LISE ARE NOW IN VENICE:

VENICE IS A UNIQUE CITY
VENICE IS A REMARKABLE CITY
VENICE IS THE 8th WONDER OF THE WORLD
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IT HAS A 1,500 YEAR HISTORY  -  AND DOMINATED THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN FOR 500 YEARS  -  1,000 AD to 1500 AD
BY 1500 AD IT WAS IMMENSELY RICH  -  PROBABLY THE RICHEST CITY OF THE WORLD AT THAT TIME  - ABOUT 1205 AD IT SACKED AND LOOTED CONSTANTA NOBLE.
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ORIGINALLY IT WAS 120 ISLANDS  -  NOW IT IS ABOUT 20 ISLAND OR 40 ISLANDS DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO.  WITH ALL OF THE BRIDGES (MORE THAN 500) AND CANALS IT IS DIFFICULT TO TELL WHERE ONE ISLAND ENDS AND THE NEXT ISLAND STARTS.
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THERE ARE NO CARS IN VENICE  -  JUST CANALS AND BOATS  -  AND REALLY NARROW STREETS. NOT EVEN ANY BICYCLES  -  THE STREETS ARE TO NARROW AND TOO CROWDED AND IN MANY CASES ARE REALLY JUST SIDEWALKS  -  LIKE ALONG BESIDE THE CANALS.
THIS IS THE SECOND PLACE THAT WE HAVE BEEN THAT DOES NOT HAVE CARS  -  THERE WERE NO CARS ON THE ISLE OF CAPRI NEITHER. IT IS SORT OF NICE NOT HAVING ANY CARS AROUND.
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THE POPULATION OF VENICE IS ABOUT 50,000  -  IT IS NOT REALLY A VERY LARGE CITY POPULATION WAYS.
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VENICE HAS BEEN IN DECLINE FOR ABOUT THE LAST 450 YEARS.
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VENICE HAS 150 CHURCHES, ALL NAMED AFTER SAINTS, HOWEVER, THERE WERE ONLY 149 SAINTS WHEN CHURCH NUMBER 150 WAS BUILT  -  SO THEY NAMED IT SAINT MOSES  -  THERE IS NO SAINT MOSES.
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I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH CHURCHES NOW TO LAST ME FOR THE NEXT 10,000YEARS.
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CASANOVA WAS FROM VENICE AND SPENT SOME TIME IN JAIL HERE - WE TOOK A LOOK AT HIS JAIL CELL  -  AT THAT TIME THEY CALLED THEM DUNGEONS NOT JAILS AND THEY HAD A LARGE ARRAY OF INSTRUMENTS OF TORTURE. APPARENTLY THINGS HAVE CHANGED QUITE A BIT IN THE LAST 500 YEARS.
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SO FAR WE HAVE TAKEN A GONDOLA RIDE ON THE CANALS AND SEVERAL MOTOR BOAT RIDES ON THE CANALS. THIS IS DEFINITELY A UNIQUE CITY, WITH A VERY INTERESTING HISTORY.  - DO NOT THINK THAT I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE HERE. LIVING ON THE ISLE OF CAPRI WOULD BE MUCH MORE TO MY LIKING.
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WE SPENT A DAY LOOKING AT ST. MARK'S BASILICA, THE DOGE'S PALACE AND HIS DUNGEON, WHICH HE VERY CONVENIENTLY HAD NEXT DOOR TO HIS PALACE. THE PAINTINGS HAVE SUCH A GOOD 3D EFFECT THAT SOME TIME IT IS DIFFICULT TO TELL IF THEY ARE PAINTING OR ACTUAL SCULPTURES  -  AND THE PAINTERS (ARTISTS) DID THAT ON PURPOSE  -  ie. THEY WOULD PAINT PICTURES OF SCULPTURES BESIDES THE PAINTINGS, OR THEY WOULD PAINT PICTURES OF CURTAINS ON THE WALLS  -  YOU HAD TO GO OVER AND ACTUALLY TOUCH THE WALLS TO SEE IF IT WAS A REAL CURTAIN OR PAINTING  -  THE ART WORK IS TRULY REMARKABLE.
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THERE IS STATUTES OF JESUS AND HIS 12 DISCIPLES IN SAINT MARK'S BASILICA  -  I COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICING THAT JESUS AND ALL OF HIS 12 DISCIPLES HAD BEARDS  -  QUITE LARGE BEARDS IN SOME CASES. MAKES ONE WONDER ABOUT PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEARDS.
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ALTHOUGH IT IS INTERESTING LOOKING AT ALL OF THESE VERY HISTORIC SIGHTS  -  LISE AND I DO WONDER IF WE WOULD GET JUST AS MUCH PLEASURE AND JOY OUT OF JUST WALKING AROUND THE CITY AND ABSORBING THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE PLACE. WE DID THAT IN CAPRI AND IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE AND INTERESTING  - WE SEE THE PLACE FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND WE SEE IT THE WAY IT REALLY IS NOW, IN THE PRESENT, TODAY.  SEEING THE HISTORIC SIGHTS IS INTERESTING THOUGH  -  SO MAYBE IT IS JUST A QUESTION OF BALANCE. IF WE COME OVER TO EUROPE AGAIN  -  WE MAY SPEND MORE TIME JUST WALKING AROUND CITIES AND GETTING TO KNOW THE REAL CITY AND PLACE, THE WAY IT REALLY IS, IN THE TODAY AND NOW AND PRESENT.
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VENICE:
ITALY IS THE NUMBER ONE TOURIST DESTINATION COUNTRY IN EUROPE AND VENICE
IS THE NUMBER ONE TOURIST DESTINATION CITY IN ITALY.
VENICE IS ON A SERIES OF ISLANDS OFF THE COAST OF ITALY.
AND IT IS NOT ALL THAT BIG, MAYBE 50,000 - AND THEY GET ABOUT 15,000,000 TOURISTS A YEAR. PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE.
THIS IS DEFINITELY A TOURIST DOMINATED COUNTRY WITH MANY TOURIST DOMINATED CITIES. VENICE, FLORENCE, SIENA, ROME, ETC.

GOODBYE VENICE
HELLO FLORENCE (FIRENZA)

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW
ITALIAN DAVE
AND LOVELY LISE
VIVA LA ITALY

AND REMEMBER TO BE GOOD TO YOURSELVES
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Comments

flashg
flashg on

hey thanks
dave i really apprecaite your comments, they are almost addictive, maybe i sat up all night waiting to read todays
glad to hear that lise and you are enjoying your selfs
looking forward to the next post eagerly, um could you just keep touring for a buncha months for us all???
we can e amil you when we really really miss you to come back home,, ok?

karenjanebailey
karenjanebailey on

Sounds Awesome!!
Hey guys

Finally found a moment to view your blog. Interesting stuff... are we having fun yet!?

Sounds like you are absorbing all the sights and sounds, and that's good,'cuz I'm gonna want details and more details!
Miss you lots and look forward to seeing you when you get home.
Lotsa love,
Karen XXX

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