St. Mark's Square and glass blowing demonstration!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 11 - early morning

I was up quite early this morning and no need to ask me why!    After all, weren't we in Venice, therefore, I just had to see the sunrise over the Grand Canal.   Who wouldn’t!   So, at 5:45am Michel and I, we both stood outside the entrance of the hotel and from my part……trying to appear cool even though it was a little bit cool!  Ha, ha, ha!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t even see the sunrise because from where our hotel was located, we weren’t even facing the east side plus secondly, the tall buildings around us would have made it impossible for us to see it!    Oh well…..I was still able to take other beautiful pictures of the Grand Canal under different lighting!

This morning, I decided to wear my navy blue and white striped pullover sweater, the one that I had bought yesterday at St. Mark’s Square.  It had the "Venetia, Italia" written all over the front and I thought why not wear it right here and now; that Venice would be an excellent place to show it off!  Plus with it, I looked just like the people steering the gondolas!  Ha, ha, ha!    Maybe I’ll even get a job here I jokingly thought!  

We had breakfast at 7:00am in the hotel’s dining room and by 8:00am, were off again on a private launch cruising on the outskirts of the islands of Venice past palazzos and churches all the way to St. Mark’s Square.   The sky was cloudy but hey, it was still too early to tell! 

Upon approaching St. Mark’s Square, I could see the sun appearing from behind the grey colored clouds and casting a reflective beam over the water’s surface.  It wasn’t the sunrise that I’d expected and would have liked to see, but it surely made me happy as I took several shots of it.  And then, gradually the clouds dispersed and the sky became blue.    We were in for another beautiful gorgeous day!   Yeahhh!

We walked for a good fifteen minutes along the canal’s edge crossing over several bridges, one as charming as the other one, before arriving at St. Mark’s Square where we could see the Doges’ Palace and once more, the Bridge of Sighs.  The area was mostly deserted but hey, I wasn’t complaining!  The lesser the better, less people in my pictures!

This exact area, St. Mark’s Square was where we were last night and now seeing it in daylight, it was quite something.   It made me think of the pictures that I had seen in the newspapers just a couple of months earlier of the area being completely flooded!   Wow!    I was quite happy that the water level had gone down and that things were back to normal.  At least, while I was here!    

We were here to see a demonstration of glass-blowing in a building nearby.  Well, it proved to be interesting in which we were shown afterwards the pieces of resistance being sold in another room!   Nothing was purchased!  

We exited the building and now had an hour of free time before our next excursion!   Looking around St. Mark's Square, I knew exactly where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do.  By hastily walking towards it, Michel followed me behind!

Monique   :-)
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