Venezia (Venice!)

Trip Start May 24, 2011
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Trip End Jul 12, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Monday, June 20, 2011

This past weekend, we took a trip to the sinking city of Venice. And let me tell you, it certainly looks like it's sinking, that's for sure, with the buildings RIGHT on the water's edge. You can practically step out the front door and into the sea! How frightening is that?!

What was really surprising to me was that there were no cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. in the ENTIRE city. Honestly. It was a real nice change of scenery from the typical run-you-over traffic in Florence. I fear for my life every day. Ha. Just kidding. Anyway, in Venice, their mode of transportation is strictly just by water. Ferries are everywhere and that's how we really got around the city. I loved it because it was so out of the ordinary. However, traveling by water ALL the time certainly made me seasick. (I've always had a bad case of motion sickness and even used to throw up on airplanes! TMI, I know! lol) Anyway, the waves of the water almost made the trip unbearable. I'm pretty sure I thought I was going to throw up about 50 times! (Don't worry, I sat by a window just in case I had to barf out of the boat!) lol Even when trying to sleep at night, I felt like my bed was floating on the water and let me tell you, I was not sleeping on a waterbed!!

In Venice, we visited St. Mark's Basilica and it was beautiful with the mosaic tiles ALL around the church! I can't imagine how much time it took to create the beautiful artwork! The church was really different than all the ones we've seen before because the floor is all crooked and bumpy. We asked our tour guide and he said it was because the church is right underneath the water and the water has caused the floor to move!! It's not super obvious, but you can tell the floor is crooked when you're walking on it. It was such a bizarre feeling, but really cool!

While in Venice, we traveled to two islands off the coast. We first visited Murano which is a little island known for it's glass making. EVERYTHING is made from glass and it is so beautiful. The colors just POP and everything is made with such precision. We were able to witness a "master" work with glass and he molded a tiny little fish. I have seen it done before, but it is always fascinating to watch how quickly they work!

After Murano, we visited the tiny island of Burano. Burano is known for it's lacework and cute, colorful houses. I felt like I was in Candyland. It really just looked like the board game brought to life. You can see from the pictures how animated and colorful the town was!

As wonderful as Venice was, it feels good to be back here on solid ground in Florence. Only a few more days until a new country! The nerves are beginning!! Ahhhhh!!
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Wow I am Impressed. The glass work is so beautiful. I love the moons.

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