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.
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.
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?
And, finally, we have reached the port.
We then took a nice walk to Piazza San Marco. Here’s a gentleman who’s offering birds his hospitality. :-)
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.
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.
Sometimes you get the feeling that time stands still.
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.
Here’s view from our restaurant table… Magnificent, isn’t it?
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. :-)