We love Venice

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
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Trip End Aug 02, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, July 17, 2011

Our first morning in Venice...it is lovely and exciting to wake up in one of our favorite cities in the world. Today we are headed towards the Museo di Natural Sciences which is on the Grand Canal just beyond the Rialto Bridge. First stop, the bakery for some fresh rolls along our street on our way to the vaporetto. The boat takes us to the stop near Piazza di San Marco for some playtime with pigeons. We admire the Doge's Palace, the bell tower and Saint Mark's Basilica plus all the sights and sounds of the piazza while chasing pigeons and watching dogs. Next stop, Rialto bridge... so we wander through the calle (streets) of Venice and follow the signs for "per Rialto"... easy enough and fun to window shop along the way. Eve is loving the masks of Venice and Daniel has his eye on several opal rings... maybe next time. Along our way we recognize that soon ahead we will find the Disney Store..same place, different decoration on the signage. We browse a bit before heading to Rialto Bridge. At Rialto Bridge we stop for the requisite picture at the top with the Grand Canal as a backdrop. A market awaits with more vendors on the other side where Daniel finds some watermelon to satisfy his constant cravings for fruit these days. We check our pop-out map of Venice to find the rest of our way to the museum... when we arrive, Daniel is tired and rests in the courtyard on a chair hammock while Eve and I explore the museum. We are not allowed to take any photos in the museum but we see many interesting dinosaurs, fossils, and lots & lots of specimens of all sorts of animal species (stuffed). There was one room filled with the hunting trophies of some dude long gone.. Eve was sad for all these animals mostly it seemed from Africa.. hundreds of dead animal heads hung trophy-style on the walls including lions, zebras, huge giraffes, all sorts of antelope things, hyenas, etc...and a huge massive giant elephant bigger than any I've ever seen in a zoo. There were all rugs of animals and table made with animal legs and things like this. There were pictures displayed of the hunt and kills around the room, black & white pictures that looked like Africans doing the capture and kill, not the dude whose portrait was on the wall who seems to have owned these trophies. Okay, this room was disturbing a bit because they animals were not displayed museum-style. So, we mourned for the animals and left to discover other rooms that were filled with specimens of animals that were meant for study and education. At this point, Jim and Daniel catch up with us in the museum as they decided they wanted to go in afterall. There were so many interesting animals that were creepy and cool..things we had never seen before. The other very nice thing about this museum was that it is housed in an old building on the Grand Canal that used to be the trade guild for the Turks. We had a very nice visit but Daniel is extremely tired. On the vaporetto ride up the Grand Canal from the museum, Eve is starting to get tired and feeling seasick... so, we decide that Jim would take the kids back to our rooms while I head out to Burano and Torcello for the lagoon island tour solo. It is a super hot day and the sun, the boats and just being tired takes it's toll. I see the gang off on the vaporetto heading for home then I jump on the next boat heading out to the islands. The boat first takes me to Murano where I change to a boat heading for Burano. The island of Burano is next to Torcello which is the first island inhabited when the people on the mainland were running from the Huns. There is a bell tower that can be climbed which I had planned on doing but I see that it is completely covered with scaffolding so with this heat I decide that I'm sticking to Burano for my lagoon island visit and just seeing Torcello from the distance. Burano is a quiet island home to folks that live in colorful houses along the canals. The houses and the boats are painted very bright and contrasting colors. The island is famous for it's lace-making but perhaps because of the heat or perhaps because of it being Sunday I see no ladies making lace. However, window shopping and wandering around the island is enjoyable despite the heat (did I mention it was hot?). After a nice visit, I head back to the main island of Venice on the vaporetto. I take the long way home around the Guidecca Island that passes near the Redentore Church and the makeshift footbridge across the canal for the Redentore Festival. There are regatta races being held this afternoon and I see either some races or some practices.. who knows which but they were definately racers in colorful suits and gondolas. After I get home, I find that Daniel crashed the moment he got home and that Eve was not feeling well at all on the vaporetto so they got off early and walked the rest of the way home. Eve was the leader and knew the way home (she's very good with directions). Eve was hungry now for pizza but the boys were not so Eve and I headed out for dinner. The boys caught up with us again and sat with us for a drink before heading home. Eve and I headed out to San Marco for some sightseeing fun and to look for more squishy toys she wanted to buy for her friends. The street sellers were no where to be found for the squishy toys but we had fun playing in Venice at night before heading back home for bed. 
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cindy on

what a beautiful place Heidi !!!!! I am truly enjoying reading your entries on a daily basis :) xox

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