Saturday, June 7, 2014

Venice, Part 9

Our day started off with a walk through the city to the Doge's palace.

Stop #1 The Doge's Palace
This was a surprisingly neat stop. The palace was gorgeous-but it was the art inside that was really surprising.  There were some amazing pieces and it was cool to learn more about the history of Venice.  It was also cool to see the prisons-they were kind of depressing, but they totally reminded me of the old prison's in the books I've read.  

Stop #2 St. Mark's Basilica
This had scaffolding, unfortunately.  But oh goodness, once we got close it was stunning.  We did an audio tour and it was really good.  The mosaics were lovely.  The inside was amazing.  Truly amazing!  The gold was sparkling and I loved learning the stories and seeing the different style of church.  This was a MUST see for me.

Stop #3 Pigeon problem
When we ate lunch, we got bombarded by all the pigeons...seriously I HATED the pigeons.  They were everywhere and freaked me out.  Anyway.... that's enough about the pigeons. But we ate at a fresh market, which was really fun!

Stop #4 the Frari Church
This was a surprising church!  We had an audio tour and it was really cool!  There was some beautiful art by Donatello and it was gorgeous!!!  It was a great stop.

Stop #5 Dinner in the Rain
It started pouring around dinner time, so Mr. H and I braved the rain and ran to the water front where we wanted to eat dinner that night.  There was some amazing lightening and thunder going on and we ate dinner outside with the rain drizzling around us.  It was oh so romantic.  After we finished eating, the rain had stopped.  We made our way to St. Mark's square, got another pastry and enjoyed the orchestras.  These really were my favorite things!!!  There were about 3 orchestras going, and each would play all different kinds of music, my favorite being a "Sound of Music" medley.  So fun to dance in the piazza and enjoy the music.  We walked home pretty late that night, which was kind of scary...Venice has tons of tiny dark alley ways so I held Mr. H's hand VERY tight.  

The violinist looked scarily similar to John Locke...

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