We arrived in Venice via Marco Polo Airport on the 6th of June and took a water taxi direct to our hotel near the Bridge of Sighs behind Saint Mark’s Square.
That evening we had dinner down the street at a small place that was very lively. When we woke in the morning to the bells of Saint Mark’s Cathedral we were ready to go and explore. First stop was St. Mark’s Square where it seemed every tourist in Venice was standing.
We then walked along the Canal toward Harry’s Bar, past the trinket stalls and the small Royal Gardens. At Harry’s Bar we stopped to have my picture taken by one of the windows. My Mom and Dad were last there in 2003 when she was pregnant with me.
We then walked down Calle Valllaresso with all the fine shops but with cheeky black guys from Africa selling knock off bags and purses of the same designers in front of their shops! We stopped at St. Moisé Church so we could go in and see the famous altar piece of Moses on Mt. Sinai being given the tablets of the Ten Commandments. In the alcove to the left of the main altar is Tintoretto’s “Christ Washing the Disciple’s Feet” but no photos allowed. I lit a candle for all our dearly departed including our brave men who came ashore Normandy 70 years ago.
We continued to walk the narrow alleys and streets to the La Fanice Opera House.
Then somewhere after Campo Manin we found this little archway which I had to explore.
Another neat thing was the building “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”. It is a cylindrical brick tower with five floors of spiral staircases faced with white marble banisters. It was built in 1499 and has 113 steps to the top but was closed for renovation when we were there.
After this building we walked down an alley and popped out on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge.
Then it was downt the steps of the Rialto into the Campo San Giacomo where the produce and fish markets are located. I really liked this part because soon it would be time to sit down and have lunch. I was very tired now. But my favorite part was the sign for the “measurement of fish legal’ carved into a column at the fish market. Someone had written “el Mio 3.79cm” (or Mine is 2 inches:)
My mom and I also took plenty of photos and I will publish a special page of those next. All these photos are by my Dad on his iPhone. Next after our visit to Frari and Scoula San Rocco we took a Gondola tour of San Croce and he dropped us off on the other side of the Grand Canal for us to walk back to the hotel. After we freshened up we went to dinner near La Fanice at Antica Martini. We sat outside and people watched enjoying the best of Venice cuisine.
This is Frederick and today we just watched the boat races, 30km from Murano and around Canneregio and down the Grand Canal. It looked like a team of 4 rowers and coxswain may have won. We were having coffee at the finish line in one of the Biennale locations which my mom and dad are really here for. So now its off to visit more Biennale locations.
This is Frederick and we are ready to get lost finding our way around Venice.