Venice, Canals and Alleyways
Trip Start Apr 06, 2012
32Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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Where I stayed
It is on the fourth floor, which is a haul for the suitcases but worth it for the view over Venice at sunset. We have a deck on the roof so we can sit up there and drink our wine or beer and just enjoy the serenity and the ringing church bells.
When you enter the apartment there is the kitchen and dining room, then upstairs to the lounge, master bedroom with ensuite, bedroom, bathroom and study, with steps up the deck on the roof. It really is a home away from home
We arrived and got settled by 3pm so we headed out to roam the streets and canals. There is Murano glass everywhere here, as the Murano glass factory is on one of the islands just near Venice and is accessible via vaporetto. Dinner was pizza of course, but we will have to sample the gelato tomorrow as the boys have homework to do and Peter and I want to spend some time relaxing on the deck enjoying the ambience high above the streets and canals.
We had dinner at Muro Restaurant and I was looking forward to my orrechietti pasta but Colton liked it more than his fish pasta so poor Mum ended up with the fish pasta. Not really a loss though, because all the food tastes so good anyway.
The boys were mesmerised by all the mask shops and wanted to buy just about every single one they saw. We managed to keep it to only a few plus some beautiful Murano glass.
Venice was founded in 461AD on March 25th (according to tradition). Venice is actually constructed on smaller islands that have been linked by closely spaced wooden piles that have been submerged for centuries in oxygen poor conditions under the water, which means the wood does not decay and is petrified instread, becoming stone-like to support the brick and stone buildings above. The wooden piles penetrate a soft layer of sand and mud unti they reach a harder layer of compressed clay on which they rest. Interestingly most of the wood used to build Venice in the marshy lagoon in which it is located, was imported Larch wood from Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.