Day 11 - late afternoon / early evening
The best thing about our hotel being located right along Venice's Grand Canal and not on the mainland was that we didn’t have to worry about having to take a water taxi and leave the small islands at a specific time! This meant that we had all the time in the world to wander endlessly around the 118 islands and do whatever we pleased to. And this, at no rush at all!
As we approached St. Mark’s Square coming back from our afternoon’s optional excursion to Burano, our guide quickly informed us that those of us who wanted to, we could be dropped off right here! That from St. Mark’s Square, we could easily make our way back to our hotel by simply following the Grand Canal way up to the end of it!
Those were her exact words…..easily make our way back! Well, I was soon about to find out what she meant by that while thinking it was probably "easy" for her since she grew up here…..meaning she knew her way around from the palm of her hands!
I didn’t have to think twice! Of course, Michel and I got off the boat. I just couldn’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Venice’s mazes of streets and small canals! Looking at my watch, it was 4:45pm. Venice, here I come!
Several people from the group had gotten off the boat as well but quickly disappeared from view as we all wandered in different directions. The weather was perfectly nice; it was still daylight! Therefore, I wasn’t in any rush of some sort as we headed deeper inside these mazes of flooded water streets while walking at an enjoyable pace!
By following signs posted on corners of buildings, half an hour later the Rialto Bridge was easily found but this not before having to push our way through crowds of people dispersed all over the place. This being said, if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t have seen along the way so many beautiful canals and unique bridges! So yes, I greatly enjoyed my little exploration of Venice by walking along many flooded water streets!
And then I stood right in front of the Rialto Bridge! Completed in 1591, it still looked great for its age and to this day, remains one of the architectural icons of Venice. I was beaming with joy just admiring it!
So what do you think I did after! Of course, I had to cross over the bridge while Michel took pictures of this special moment! Up and down and back again, I kept repeating my steps going up and down once more! Hehehe! The view of the Grand Canal from the top of the Rialto Bridge was amazing!
From the other side of the bridge and looking in the horizon, dusk was settling in. The last rays of the sun’s light were illuminating the entire bridge while its reflection lay on the water’s surface. It was quite something to see!
I could have stayed here for hours, right next to the Rialto Bridge. Little cafes and restaurants made it quite tempting plus the entire area was so beautiful! Just like in travel brochures!
Unfortunately, it was time to move on as the sun gradually disappeared behind the clouds and reality checked in! After all, I certainly didn’t want to be lost in this labyrinth of small alleys and canals in total darkness even though it might have been fun!
To be continued…..Monique :-)