The day we spent a week in Venice!

Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, June 26, 2011

We all started refreshed after a great night sleep.  The long day and a half or so of travel made the firm beds feel like clouds to sleep on.  We took the bus over the Ponte della Liberta' Bridge. Then boarded a vaporetto water taxi to St. Mark's square.  It's fitting that the schools from San Marcos begin our Italian journey with a visit to our patron St. Mark.
We met up with our local tour guide Frederica, put on our "whispers" (radio ear pieces that pick up everything Frederica tells us so we can all hear the details no matter how crowded it got.) She began our tour with the Doge's Palace, the former ruler of Venice.  She explained that even though the Doge was the ruler, he was basically a figurehead who was advised and watched over by many  ministers.
From the Doge's Palace we crossed the Bridge of Sighs and learned the true meaning of it's name.  Basically prisoners,having been sentenced in the palace, would cross the bridge and look through the window and "sigh" at their last view of freedom. Any somewhat serious crimes would be sentenced the death penalty as they didn't want to pay to house and feed the prisoners.  Sunday hangings and beheadings were a common form of entertainment.
After visiting the prison we were able to watch a glass blowing demonstration and shop for Venetian Glass.  Then Freetime! for a couple hours having lunch and getting lost in the maze of Venice alleys.  (Don't worry, parents, the kids stayed in groups and Frederica helped us figure out how to get back to St. Marks Square from anywhere in  Venice.) Several groups signed up for gondola tours.  I don't think any of us heard any "O Solo Mio" or any other singing but it was really fun anyway. One last stop for Gelato in a back alley of Venice.  The best gelato I've ever had and the best deal so far in Italy! 
All the kids were back at the meeting place on time, but a few of the parents weren't! No worries, they had heard 5:00 instead of 10 TILL 5:00, honest mistake - or so they say.
We were sad that our one day in Venice was over but exhausted from the travel and the day's tours.  Ready to head back and rest, but no.. time for dinner first!  As my son said, "They're going to feed us again? I can't eat anymore."
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Cheryl on

What a wonderful trip! I am enjoying your blog.

Alice & Cailie on

Thank you for the blog, and pix. Such fun!

Mom on

Brings back memories Mom

Mary Handy on

I'm so glad you are having a great time!!! Enjoy!!! :)

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