A floating city – Venice (August 2012)

Both hubby and me have visited Venice several times; however, the girls have never been there, so we’ve decided it is high time they see this unique city. So, we booked a ship trip from Poreč, a town in Istria, and spent the next few days talking about a city built out of 118 small islands.

Of course, we had to get up very early and the ride took about three hours, and the girls loved it.

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When we approached the Venetian Lagoon, the boat slowed down and we were able to enjoy the beautiful sights. These are the photos taken from the ship.

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If you’ve visited Venice, I suppose you’ve noticed the terraces built on the roofs. They fascinate me every time; first, it shows how creative and imaginative people get when they need space in a city whose architecture does not allow them to spread; second, they look so fragile; and last but not least, wouldn’t you like to sit up there, drink a fine Italian espresso with limoncello and observe the city life from above?

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And, finally, we have reached the port.

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We then took a nice walk to Piazza San Marco. Here’s a gentleman who’s offering birds his hospitality. :-)

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Have you watched “Friends”? If so, do you remember when Joey had a lot of money from his soap opera and when we rented an apartment and stuffed with china figurines? This store reminded me of him.

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After a nice walk, we have finally reached Piazza San Marco. It is a beautiful square with St Mark’s Basilica, The Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio) and the Doge’s Palace, among others.

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Sometimes you get the feeling that time stands still.

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We took a long walk towards Rialto, a commercial and gastronomic centre of Venice. The girls were fascinated by the fact that people built this city out of a group of islands and were peeking at the back doors of great palaces, that lead directly into canals – so, if there’s no gondola or a boat ready, one cannot leave the house. My older daughter also wanted to know whether there was a university in Venice. After I sad that there was, she sighed with relief – namely, she decided she would study here. :-)

So, here’s Rialto, a famous bridge over the Canal Grande. And here’s also where we – together with thousands other visitors – ate our lunch.

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Here’s view from our restaurant table… Magnificent, isn’t it?

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After lunch, we took the other way to reach the port and after an hour walk, we reached our ship. It was a great trip. :-)

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