My First Day in Rome

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After leaving our ship, the Noordam, we took a car and driver from Citivecchia to central Rome around the Trevi Fountain.  We have a nice apartment on Via Arcenio but funny WiFi.  Allora! We go to the sidewalk café outside or to The White Hotel and I am able to post.

We had lunch on the street in the small café and later that evening dinner alfresco on a small square near our apartment.

Today, we woke had breakfast and went for a morning to lunch walk.  First up to the Spanish Steps and Piazza Spagna which was, like Trevi, closed for cleaning and repair.

The Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna which is under repair just like the Trevi Fountain.

The Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna which is under repair just like the Trevi Fountain.

I am on the middle part of the Spanish Steps. Above me on the left is the Hassler Hotel where my Dad has stayed.  He says it is a very special place to have breakfast and watch Rome wake up from its rooftop restaurant.

I am on the middle part of the Spanish Steps. Above me on the left is the Hassler Hotel where my Dad has stayed. He says it is a very special place to have breakfast and watch Rome wake up from its rooftop restaurant.

We then walked up to the Villa Borghese and its beautiful park.  We needed the shade and peace and quite before walking back down to Rome at the Piazza di Popolo.

Up in the park is the Villa Borghese now used for special functions and weddings.

Up in the park is the Villa Borghese now used for special functions and weddings.

I was hungry and in the park there are many snack trucks.  I got a ham and cheese pizza sandwich from one of them.

I was hungry and in the park there are many snack trucks. I got a ham and cheese pizza sandwich from one of them.

Here I am dropping off a tip to a guy playing the same song over and over again in a Soprano Saxophone in Borghese Park.

Here I am dropping off a tip to a guy playing the same song over and over again in a Soprano Saxophone in Borghese Park.

Looking down one of the streets below Borghese toward St. Peter's in the far background.

Looking down one of the streets below Borghese toward St. Peter’s in the far background.

Here is Fred Hollywood on location at the overlook from Villa Borghese down to the Piazza di Popolo where according to Mauro Lucentini, Rome begins.

Here is Fred Hollywood on location at the overlook from Villa Borghese down to the Piazza di Popolo where according to Mauro Lucentini, Rome begins.

We walked down the steps to the Piazza di Popolo and the DaVinci Museum.

Standing in front of the DaVinci Museum on Piazza di Popolo

Standing in front of the DaVinci Museum on Piazza di Popolo

Its pretty neat inside the museum because they took his sketches and notebooks and replicated a lot of his inventions, contraptions, and imagination.  I like DaVinci since he was way ahead of his time.  We are just now catching up with him.

One of DaVinci's inventions that they have reproduced in the museum

One of DaVinci’s inventions that they have reproduced in the museum

Then we went over to the Café Rosati for lunch.  Our waiter asked me what whiskey I wanted with my lunch.  He was funny.

Getting ready to order lunch at the Café Rosati on Piazza di Popolo

Getting ready to order lunch at the Café Rosati on Piazza di Popolo

After lunch, we walked down the Via Corso to window shop and stop in the churches for prayers and candle lighting.

The main street down from the Piazza di Popolo is Via dei Corso that is open to traffic but also walkers.  Lots of shops and churches.

The main street down from the Piazza di Popolo is Via dei Corso that is open to traffic but also walkers. Lots of shops and churches.

On the Corso is the Church of Jesus and Mary where we went inside to pray and light a candle to Santo Giovanni Paulus II for my deceased grandmothers.

On the Corso is the Church of Jesus and Mary where we went inside to pray and light a candle to Santo Giovanni Paulus II for my deceased grandmothers.

At the corner of Condotti and Corso we found these 3 headless street performers.

Behind me are 3 street performers without heads.

Behind me are 3 street performers without heads.

We like to have lunch then walk for awhile then have dulci (desert) at another place.  This time we went down the famous shopping street Via Condotti to the Antico Café Greco where my Dad had been before.  He had a Café Viennese and my Mom a Macchiato coffe and Napoliane pastry but I had a special lemon sorbet.

In the café were an older couple who were regulars and sat at the same little corner everyday and had their drink and little bites to eat.  My mom said it was a special slice of life in Rome.

This is a "regular" couple in the Antico Caffé Greco on the Condotti.  Drinks, some olives and bread.  A little conversation.  Very roman!

This is a “regular” couple in the Antico Caffé Greco on the Condotti. Drinks, some olives and bread. A little conversation. Very roman!

This is Frederick back on the Arcenio and enjoying all of the eternal city. Tomorrow is mass at Spirto Santo near the Vatican at 10am then the Angelus at St. Peter’s with the Pope. Look for it.

 

Pompeii

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Back to my travels and our visit to Pompeii when we docked in Naples on June 19th.

It is so incredible that after surviving the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A. D. so much of it is still around and preserved for us to see.  Here are some photos of my visit to Pompeii.

The main theater of Pompei.

The main theater of Pompeii.

This was one of the main shopping streets in Pompei.

This was one of the main shopping streets in Pompeii.

The baths of Pompei in terrific shape considering they were buried under 6 meters of pumice and ash.

The baths of Pompeii in terrific shape considering they were buried under 6 meters of pumice and ash.

A molded copy of one of the intact bodies found under the ashes when excavating Pompei.

A molded copy of one of the intact bodies found under the ashes when excavating Pompeii.

This is the most visited site in Pompei - The "love" House.

This is the most visited site in Pompeii – The “love” House.

In the "love" house in Pompei, the beds were not so comfortable.

In the “love” house in Pompeii, the beds were not so comfortable.

Not a footprint but a genital symbol used to point the way to the "love" house in Pompei.

Not a footprint but a genital symbol used to point the way to the “love” house in Pompeii.

Inside the "love" house, are these wall paintings of love scenes which survived the eruption and ash.

Inside the “love” house, are these wall paintings of love scenes which survived the eruption and ash.

The main square of Pompei - The Forum.

The main square of Pompeii – The Forum.

One of the main streets in Pompei

One of the main streets in Pompeii

The main square of Pompei - The Forum.

The main square of Pompeii – The Forum.

The north wall of Pompei as you walk out of the ruins.

The north wall of Pompeii as you walk out of the ruins.

This is Frederick.  I am in Rome and today we walked up to the Spanish Steps, climbed them to the Villa Borghese, walked through the park down to the Da Vinci Museum on Piazza de Popolo where we had lunch.  More on all that later.

 

Santorini (Thira)

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I am now in Rome using my apartment’s WiFi.  It was very frustrating on the Noordam trying to post photos and text to my blog our trip.

On the 17th of June we arrived in Santorini (Thira).  It is an old volcano that exploded back in 1625 B.C. deesstroying the island and leaving a crescent shaped mass with some outlying small crags of rocks.  On this mis-shapen island they built the small villages of Fira and Oia.  We took a cable car to Fira from the harbor and rented a car and driver.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

Going up to Fira, Santorini by cable car with our ship in the harbor.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall.  Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

We rented a car and driver, in Fira, from Pegasus and the owner asked for a dollar to nail to his currency wall. Lots of different money but mine was the only dollar.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook.  Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards.  We drove back to Fira using that road.

On the way to Ammoudi and Oia we stopped at an overlook. Below is the eastern coast of Santorini and the numerous vineyards. We drove back to Fira using that road.et

Then in the small fishing village of Ammoudi we walked around the sea wall to see if we could get to St. Nicholas Church but we weren’t able to find it.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

We drove down to the Ammoudi under the cliffs of Oia and saw this group of kayakers getting ready for a tour.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

This is an old crane in the Ammoudi harbor that was used to lift baskets of fish from the boats when they came in.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Walking a narrow sea wall to get to St. Nicholas Church on the rocks off of Ammoudi.

Then we drove up to Oia which is a very pretty little village with lots of tourists, shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings like the blue domed churches.

 

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Here I am on the street where Pelekanos restaurant is located in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes.  Here are two in Oia.

Only the churches have blue domes. Here are two in Oia.

 

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini.  I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

Oia is a very pretty village in the north on Santorini. I loved the streets, steps, churches and old white washed buildings.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

The main square of Oia and its beautiful church.

At Fira my Mom and I decided to go back to the harbor  and our ship by mule.

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car.  Good decision, Dad:)

My Mom and I decided to go back down on mules while my Dad took the cable car. Good decision, Dad:)

The ride down was very steep.

The ride down was very steep.

Leaving Santorini.  I will be back.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini.  What a beautiful place.

The view from our balcony on leaving Santorini. What a beautiful place.

This is Frederick and my next post is about Pompei.

 

 

Rhodes, Greece

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Yesterday, we were in Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece.  It is also an old walled City due to the Knights of St. John’s who came here in 1306 on their way to Jerusalem and the Crusades.  The built the Old City and walled it in with a huge moat.  The lasted here until the Turks invaded in 1519.

Coming into Rhodes harbor.

Coming into Rhodes harbor.

The Walled City of Old Rhodes founded and built by the Knights of St. John Jerusalem in 1306 on their way to the Crusades against Saladin.

The Walled City of Old Rhodes founded and built by the Knights of St. John Jerusalem in 1306 on their way to the Crusades against Saladin.

The castle of Rhodes in the Walled City

The castle of Rhodes in the Walled City

 

There are impressive castles and other medieval buildings and churches inside the walls including 3 Greek style windmills.

First we took a bus down the east coast to Lindos and the Acropolis.  But once there we decided to take a donkey and ride around the old town while my dad found an English pub named the Sunburnt Arms Bar and had a coffee.  We joined him there later and had drinks while talking to Cliff and his wife Reina, originally from Southeast London.  They were really nice and have been in Rhodes for 23 years.  Lots of ex-pat people are in Rhodes because it is very popular with Brits and other Europeans as a holiday get-away.

Walking down the road from the bus parking to Lindos Town we saw this sail boat anchored in the bay.

Walking down the road from the bus parking to Lindos Town we saw this sail boat anchored in the bay.

I and my Mom take a Donkey ride in Lindos Old Town.

I and my Mom take a Donkey ride in Lindos Old Town.

Me and My Donkey:)

Me and My Donkey:)

My Mom and I in one of the many alleys on our Donkeys.

My Mom and I in one of the many alleys on our Donkeys.

This is Cliff, the landlord of the Sunburnt Arms Bar, in Lindos, Rhodes where my dad went for a café kir while my Mom and I rode the donkeys around the alleys and up to the church.

This is Cliff, the landlord of the Sunburnt Arms Bar, in Lindos, Rhodes where my dad went for a café kir while my Mom and I rode the donkeys around the alleys and up to the church.

The Bell Tower of the main Greek Orthodox Church in Lindos.

The Bell Tower of the main Greek Orthodox Church in Lindos.

It can get crowded in Lindos.

It can get crowded in Lindos.

A Dr. Seuss qoute on a sign outside a wedding shop in Lindos: " You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."  My dad said he felt that way when he met my Mom.

A Dr. Seuss qoute on a sign outside a wedding shop in Lindos: ” You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” My dad said he felt that way when he met my Mom.

See how happy I am by the Dr. Seuss sign?

See how happy I am by the Dr. Seuss sign?

This is Frederick, in Santorini.  So far, I have 2 favorites in Greece – Ephesus and Santorini.  I am coming back.  Watch out!

St. Mary’s House and Ephesus

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We are in Santorini (Thira) in a small taverna on the way back to the cable car.  My Mom and I will take the donkey back but my dad is going on the cable car.

Today, I am going to write my post up off-line on Word so that I don’t have to use valuable Wi-Fi time doing it.  But the photos will need Wi-Fi.

Two days ago, we were in Kusadasi, Turkey where we visited the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, who lived here under St. John’s protection the last years of her life.  It is small stone house and next to it is an open-air patio where the nuns set up white benches for Mass each day.  Outside the house is a small terrace where a special tree grows and the people would leave notes tied to the tree wishing for something like love, peace or happiness.

The entrance to the Blessed Virgin Mary's House shrine in Ephesus

The entrance to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s House shrine in Ephesus

This is me in front of St. Mary's house in Ephesus.  I went inside and lit a candle in memory of my two passed grandmother's Mamie and Iona.

This is me in front of St. Mary’s house in Ephesus. I went inside and lit a candle in memory of my two passed grandmother’s Mamie and Iona.

Outside St. Mary's House on a terrace wall they write notes of "wishes and hopes" to tie onto ropes hanging on the wall.  I wrote for "peace and happiness" in all our lives.

Outside St. Mary’s House on a terrace wall they write notes of “wishes and hopes” to tie onto ropes hanging on the wall. I wrote for “peace and happiness” in all our lives.

 

Now, because of damage to the tree, they tie notes to ropes hanging off the rails of the terrace.  I went to inside the house and paid 2 Euro to light a candle and say a prayer to my passed Grandmothers who are in heaven with the Holy Mother and God.

We then got on the bus to tour the ruins of Ephesus below the hill on which St. Mary’s house is located.  Ephesus is the most beautifully preserved ruins of Greco-Roman architecture and it’s era we have seen so far.  From the minute you walk in down the marble slab roads and walkways it is something special.  It really impressed me especially how advanced and cultural the Ephesians were.   No wonder St. Paul and St. John found Ephesus a special place to preach and bring the Greeks to Christ.

A beautiful arched doorway in the fabulous archeological ruins of E;phesus.

A beautiful arched doorway in the fabulous archeological ruins of E;phesus.

On this street in Ephesus were many shops and fountains.

On this street in Ephesus were many shops and fountains.

Looking down the Marble Street toward the Celsus Library in Ephesus

Looking down the Marble Street toward the Celsus Library in Ephesus

This is the Odeon of Ephesus and is the smaller of the theaters.  It was sometimes used as a "congress" for making decisions and discussing politics.

This is the Odeon of Ephesus and is the smaller of the theaters. It was sometimes used as a “congress” for making decisions and discussing politics.

The Men's Toilets in Ephesus.  There were 45 seats like this in the building.  Not just toilets for men but rooms where the men could talk, play games or just rest.

The Men’s Toilets in Ephesus. There were 45 seats like this in the building. Not just toilets for men but rooms where the men could talk, play games or just rest.

This was the road you took to go down to the harbor in Ephesus.

This was the road you took to go down to the harbor in Ephesus.

 

Please enjoy the photos and I will just say that the Library of Celcus, the Odeon, the Ampitheater and the Men’s toilets were the highlight of Ephesus for me.

This is the library of Celsus in Ephesus.  Now you know why I think this is the finest archeological site I have seen.  There are so many inscriptions in latin and greek left over on the stones and marble they must tell a fascinating story.

This is the library of Celsus in Ephesus. Now you know why I think this is the finest archeological site I have seen. There are so many inscriptions in latin and greek left over on the stones and marble they must tell a fascinating story.

The main and largest theater in Ephesus seats 25,000 people.  They had tickets which were little round stones, one with a smiley face for comedies and a sad faces for tragedies.  On the back of the stone was your seat number.  There is a smaller one (Odeon) which was also used as a "congress".

The main and largest theater in Ephesus seats 25,000 people. They had tickets which were little round stones, one with a smiley face for comedies and a sad faces for tragedies. On the back of the stone was your seat number. There is a smaller one (Odeon) which was also used as a “congress”.

On this stage there are many concerts including Pavarotti, Elton John, Joan Baez among others. Only acoustic instruments are played and the Sting concert ruined some of the seating because people were jumping and acting crazy.

On this stage there are many concerts including Pavarotti, Elton John, Joan Baez among others. Only acoustic instruments are played and the Sting concert ruined some of the seating because people were jumping and acting crazy.

 

This is Frederick and my next post is from Rhodes where we make a side trip to Lindos.

Mykonos and The Island of Delos

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As the say in Kusadasi, “okeydokey” we have a good connection.  So here are some photos os Mykonos and our side trip by boat to Delos and the archeological site.  I will let you google Delos to find out about it but it was pretty neat.

 

Some of the Ruins of Delos as we approach by boat.

Some of the Ruins of Delos as we approach by boat.

Here is an example of how the stone walls were stucco and then adorned with fresco and paintings.  This was a very wealthy man's house.

Here is an example of how the stone walls were stucco and then adorned with fresco and paintings. This was a very wealthy man’s house.

Here I am standing in the main toilet area of Delos.  People used the trench and it ran down into the sewer.  All the homes had toilets and sewers that emptied into mains that ran to the sea.  This was like 3,000 years before Christ.

Here I am standing in the main toilet area of Delos. People used the trench and it ran down into the sewer. All the homes had toilets and sewers that emptied into mains that ran to the sea. This was like 3,000 years before Christ.

This is the ampitheater of Delos.  It is Greek because the first seats are at ground level.  If Roman, they would be 2 to 3 meters off the floor to start because they used wild animals like Lions and Tigers.

This is the ampitheater of Delos. It is Greek because the first seats are at ground level. If Roman, they would be 2 to 3 meters off the floor to start because they used wild animals like Lions and Tigers.

The Main Cistern of Delos which has its roof collapsed.

The Main Cistern of Delos which has its roof collapsed.

One of the many lions of Naxos dedicated to the people of Delos.

One of the many lions of Naxos dedicated to the people of Delos.

These are the marble lions given by the people of Naxos to the people of Delos.  The actual ones are in the museum.

These are the marble lions given by the people of Naxos to the people of Delos. The actual ones are in the museum.

When lightning would strike they would erect this kind of quadrilateral triangle to honor Zeus who was the bringer of lightning.

When lightning would strike they would erect this kind of quadrilateral triangle to honor Zeus who was the bringer of lightning.

As we leave port a nice landscape of Mykonos.

As we leave port a nice landscape of Mykonos.

This is Frederick and with luck I can post about Ephesus tomorrow when we arrive in Rhodes.  Until then.

 

Athens, At Last!

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This is Frederick reporting from Nicci Café on the waterfront in Kusadasi, Turkey back from our visit to The Blessed Virgin Mary’s home in Ephesus and the ruins of Ephesus.  Now I have better WiFi (fingers crossed) I will try to publish some notes and photos from our prior visits to Athens, Delos and Ephesus.

 

Because of the WiFi, they may be out of order and not as many as I want to show you.  In fact, it looks not to being nice to me here in Kusadasi, so if I post without photos you will understand.

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[Those are my friends from the cruise.  Reese on your left and Alejandro in the middle.  Reese is from Florida and Alejandro from Puerto Rico.  We are going up to the Acropolis of Athens].

The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon under reconstruction of the Cella (interior walls).

The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon under reconstruction of the Cella (interior walls).

 

But it is better than nothing and right now it publish or perish (my Dad told me that).

The Ampitheater of the Acropolis of Athens

The Ampitheater of the Acropolis of Athens

This is a temple on the Acropolis that I have forgot the spelling.  It begins with an E and you can google to find it.

This is a temple on the Acropolis that I have forgot the spelling. It begins with an E and you can google to find it.

The bring in the construction gear and refurbished blocks for the walls on this little railway up top.

The bring in the construction gear and refurbished blocks for the walls on this little railway up top.

 

By far, Ephesus, today, was the most magnificent archeological ruins we have visited.  Plus seeing the house our Mother of God, Mary, lived in was pretty special to me.  I lit a candle to my two departed Grandmothers and wrote a “wish” note for the Lord’s blessing on all of us.  Then I pinned it on the façade by the “wish tree” they don’t use anymore.

Athens and Delos were also great but Ephesus was the best.

I am making lots of friends on this cruise and see them on the excursions sometimes.

It looks like I have better WiFi now and will try to catch up.

Katakolon (Olympia) and Ancient Corinth.

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Finally, I have a reliable WiFi in the Alegro restaurant overlooking the harbor of Mykinos where we have just returned from our visit to the Island of Delos and its famous archelogical site.  There was the Temple of Apollo, actually there are 3 of them on the island which is uninhabited and a Greek national treasure.

So, in this post I will try to summarize my trip so far through Greece and hopefully be able to post some photos of the neat things we have seen and experienced.

 

A Mosaic on the Floor of a Bulding in Olympia

A Mosaic on the Floor of a Bulding in Olympia

The Eastern Pendant of theTemple to Zeus in Olympia.

The Eastern Pendant of theTemple to Zeus in Olympia.

 

A Statute of Apollo holding Dionysius in the Museum at Olympia.

A Statute of Apollo holding Dionysius in the Museum at Olympia.

The Temple of Zeus in Olympia

The Temple of Zeus in Olympia

The West Pendant of the Temple of Zeus showing the battle of God versus Giants.

The West Pendant of the Temple of Zeus showing the battle of God versus Giants.

A small altar to the Madonna as we walked up out of Olympia.

A small altar to the Madonna as we walked up out of Olympia.

After Olympia we sailed down to Nyaflion where we took a bus to the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and Mycenae.  Here are some photos.  The ones of Athens and Delos I will post tomorrow, I hope.

Me, in a funny face, at the Corinth Canal.  My Mom once took a motor yacht through it.

Me, in a funny face, at the Corinth Canal. My Mom once took a motor yacht through it.

The Treasure of Atreus in Ancient Corinth.

The Treasure of Atreus in Mycenea.

The Lion's Gate to the Acropolis of Corinth.

The Lion’s Gate to the Acropolis of Mycenae.

The natural fountains of Ancient Corinth in the Acropolis.

The natural fountains of Ancient Corinth in the Acropolis.

An Engraved slab with 2 Corinthinian 4:17 by St. Paul who preached and taught here.

An Engraved slab with 2 Corinthinian 4:17 by St. Paul who preached and taught here.

This is Frederick living in the ancient past with the Greeks, Romans and sea traders.

Tomorrow we are in Ephesus to visit the Blessed Virgin Mary’s house of her last years.  More fromAthens and Delos (Mykinos) when I can find reliable WiFi again.

 

 

 

 

Arrivaderci Venezia!

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Yesterday we left Venice via a water taxit to the cruise ship port on the far western side of Venice.  We drove down the Mendicanti canal past the Ospedale Civile (Main Hospital) and into the Canale delle Fondamente Nuove.  From there we followed other taxis to the terminal.

Taking the water taxi to our cruise ship, the S.S. Noordam.  We passed through numerous canals.  Our pilot was a fantastic boatman and handler.

Taking the water taxi to our cruise ship, the S.S. Noordam. We passed through numerous canals. Our pilot was a fantastic boatman and handler.

Our ship, the S. S. Noordam.  The second corner down from the top is our room with plenty of deck for my Mom to take photos.  My Dad is not so good with his iPhone.  I am there somewhere.

Our ship, the S. S. Noordam. The second corner down from the top is our room with plenty of deck for my Mom to take photos. My Dad is not so good with his iPhone. I am there somewhere.

Boarding was pretty easy and were in our room quickly.  After the life boat drill we left the port being pulled by a big tug.  Soon it turned us into the direction down the Canale della Giudecca.  On one side was the Giudecca and on the other the Dorsoduro and the famous church of Santa Maria della Salute at the end.  Then we sailed right past the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and all the way along the Riva waving to all.

The beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute across the Grand Canal from San Marco.

The beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute on the Sestieri Dorsoduro across the Grand Canal from San Marco.

As we left port we cruised up the Giudecca Canal past San Marco and All'Academia.  What a sight to see Venice this way.  It has replaced Paris as my 2nd favorite city in the world.

As we left port we cruised up the Giudecca Canal past San Marco and All’Academia. What a sight to see Venice this way. It has replaced Paris as my 2nd favorite city in the world.

Arrividerci Venizia.  St. Mark's Campenile, the Square, start of the Riva and The Doge's Palace.  I will miss you.

Arrividerci Venizia. St. Mark’s Campenile, the Square, start of the Riva and The Doge’s Palace. I will miss you.

I am eating up lots of WiFi time because it is so slow especially posting photos.  My blog platform ( WordPress) doesn’t allow me to work off-line.  So, it may be some time before I post again.  Right now we are at sea on the Adriatic.  Tomorrow we arrive in Katakolon, Greece for our first excursion to Olympia and the Archeological Museum.  I am psyched.

In the meantime I am in Club HAL with lots of other kids my age. We are having a blast.

This is Frederick saying, Ciao!

Venice Day 2 Part 1

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After breakfast we strolled over to the Riva and saw the Bridge of Sighs then went on down to the turn at Harry’s Bar.  Before theat we stopped at one of the vendor booths and I tried on some Carnivale masks.

The Bridge of Sighs from our hotel in San Marco.

The Bridge of Sighs from our hotel in San Marco.

I wanted to buy this one mask to wear when Belgium plays in the World Cup.  They are the Red Devils and they are awesome with Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Lukaku.

I wanted to buy this one mask to wear when Belgium plays in the World Cup. They are the Red Devils and they are awesome with Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Lukaku.

This is the Carnavale Mask that I bought on the Riva by the Royal Gardens.

This is the Carnavale Mask that I bought on the Riva by the Royal Gardens.

I bought the black and white one and want to wear it this Halloween.

After that we made it to the Biennale exhibit of Loci One at the Pallazo Cavalli Franchetti where we sat outside by the finish line of the boat races and had coffee and for me a Fanta.  We watched the champion 4’s with cox and 4’s without cox come in as well as the first 4-person kayak.

The first four-woman kayak finishes.  It is Pentecost Sunday and the 30km boat races are underway.

The first four-woman kayak finishes. It is Pentecost Sunday and the 30km boat races are underway.

Sitting on the deck outside the Pallazo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal enjoying coffee, a Fanta and watching the finish line for the Boat Race (Il Volgalundo).

Sitting on the deck outside the Pallazo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal enjoying coffee, a Fanta and watching the finish line for the Boat Race (Il Volgalundo).

Then it was off to the Biennale over in the Castello neighborhood or Sisterie as the Venetian’s call it.  Along the Riva we came across this neat statute of Emmanuel II on his horse with sword raised Via Italia!

On the Riva, Venice with the Statue of Emmanuel II in the background.

On the Riva, Venice with the Statue of Emmanuel II in the background.

We made our way into the Campo San Zaccharria where the great church stands.  First church of Venice.

The beautiful church of San Zaccharia, Venice's first church.

The beautiful church of San Zaccharia, Venice’s first church.iAlong the Riva we come to the first of our selected Biennale exhibits i t

Along the Riva we come to the first of our selected Biennale exhibits in the Castello area: Moskva Urban Space.

The new urban design plan for Zaryadye Park in central Moscow on accordian relief exhibition photo landscape.

The new urban design plan for Zaryadye Park in central Moscow on accordian relief exhibition photo landscape.

Walking upside-down but actually in a ceiling mirror at the Moskva: Urban Space exhibit.

Walking upside-down but actually in a ceiling mirror at the Moskva: Urban Space exhibit.

Then we walked a few meters to the exhibit of Yao Jui-Chung’s The Space That Remains.

The main exhibitiion banner label for Yao Jui-Chung's Ruins Series: The Space that Remains.  Bglack and white large format photos of a deserted village and prision on Wang'an Island in Taiwan.

The main exhibitiion banner label for Yao Jui-Chung’s Ruins Series: The Space that Remains. Bglack and white large format photos of a deserted village and prision on Wang’an Island in Taiwan.

I love how Architect Van Brandenburg has captured the beauty of wings in flight or is it a dolphin jumping out of the water?

I love how Architect Van Brandenburg has captured the beauty of wings in flight or is it a dolphin jumping out of the water?

Outside the exhibit on a building wall we found this little nest for two birds obviously nesting eggs to be hatched.

Behind me in the opening for the downspout drain pipe is a nest for two birds - papa and mama - protecting their eggs before hatching.

Behind me in the opening for the downspout drain pipe is a nest for two birds – papa and mama – protecting their eggs before hatching.

Up by the Diocesan Museum of Venice they had the exhibit for  Unfurling: Architect Van Brandenburg New Zealand, which was my favorite.  Large scale models of air terminals or train stations in the form of cut paper models.

I love how Architect Van Brandenburg has captured the beauty of wings in flight or is it a dolphin jumping out of the water?

I love how Architect Van Brandenburg has captured the beauty of wings in flight or is it a dolphin jumping out of the water?

An  exhibit of natural form Architectural models on cut paper by Archtecture Van Brandendburg New Zealand.  This appears to be a model for an Air Terminal or Rail Station.

An exhibit of natural form Architectural models on cut paper by Archtecture Van Brandendburg New Zealand. This appears to be a model for an Air Terminal or Rail Station.

Leaving the exhibition we went over a bridge and saw the Institute of Greek Arts which has a museum but it wasn’t open but we took a few photos anyway.

It was closed but this is the entrance to the Greek Museo in the Castello Sestiere.

It was closed but this is the entrance to the Greek Museo in the Castello Sestiere.

In Castello down we visited the Greek Study Institute for Pre-Byzantine and Byzentine History but it was closed so we just took this photo of me in front of the church next door.

In Castello down we visited the Greek Study Institute for Pre-Byzantine and Byzentine History but it was closed so we just took this photo of me in front of the church next door.

As we were going back to our hotel a loud boat of 16 Hungarians came by rowing to the beat of a goatskin drum.

On the Canal separating Sestiere Castello and Sestiere San Marco, we watched a 16 man/woman Hungarian canoe crew paddle by to the cadence of a goatskin drum by the Coxswain.

On the Canal separating Sestiere Castello and Sestiere San Marco, we watched a 16 man/woman Hungarian canoe crew paddle by to the cadence of a goatskin drum by the Coxswain.

 

This is Frederick and I am tired. Bouno Notte.  See you tomorrow.