Venice Italy - A Crazy, Charming, Fun Filled, Diverse Adventure
Venice is a crazy shamozzle of old and new, junk, graffiti, decay, beauty, and opulence - old and new, red, green, yellow and blue. The disorderly rusty ferries ply the waterways with gondolas, magnificent timber water taxis, fiber glass runabouts with huge outboard motors (out of place), water ambulances, police boats, the fire brigade and service vehicles.
Looming off in the distance are huge cruise liners that dwarf the buildings, seemingly populated by ants, as the ships are so big. The ancient church bells chime as the ships depart arrive and depart, in homage to the new god of tourism.
The Palace art is simply overwhelming, overloading your senses. Ancient art is everywhere and often ignored. Went to a display of Leonardo de Vinci's engineering models in a church, with the walls covered in magnificent paintings - simply ignored. Tiny fish cleaned the feet of tourists in a bizarre link to a biblical reference.
One gets the impression that all the photographs taken in Venice are gradually sucking out the life force out of the structures, hastening their decay.
You have to laugh and ignore the hassle, the crowds, the regimented ferry system, pushing and shoving in the crowds and simply laugh and have fun.
I ended up visiting Venice three times during a trip to Europe as this was my flight destination for arrival and departure.
There are so many dimensions and experiences, places to explore that you never get tired of it. Venice is crazy, nice, with diverse multi-faceted attractions and lots of things to do. You will love it!
When you arrive, have a meal in one of the restaurants along the Grand Canal and see the parade of all manner of boats - gondolas, water taxis, ferries, power boats, ambulances, service and delivery boats police and fire service vehicles all plying the crowded waterways - truly amazing!
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All Roads lead to Three Destinations in Venice
The Venice glass is world renowned. Shop around as there are many outlets.
Stroll through the back streets before 10 AM or after 4 PM when the crowds abate or have not arrived to find bargains and reasonable prices.
Walk along the tiny streets between Rialto and San Marco.
There is a local joke that the only three signs in Venice are to Rialto, San Marco and Alla Ferrova (the Train and Bus Station).
You can easily walk from the Train Station to San Rialto and then through the business lanes to San Marco.
The walk to Academia and Gardini is longer, but is well worthwhile as you see the heart of Venice away from the tourist paths.
Do these walks in the early morning and you realise that Venice is more than a tourist center as you see parents taking their children to school and all the service deliveries being made by boat and trolley.
Venice Glass - All Original Photos - janderson99
Palaces, Museums and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Set aside time to visit the Palaces, Museums and Art galleries. They get very crowded, but they are worthwhile. My personal favorite is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, near Academia which has a stunning collection of modern art and sculpture.
Sculpture and Ceramics - All Original Photos - janderson99Click thumbnail to view full-size
Selected Venice Art - All Original Photos by janderson99Click thumbnail to view full-size
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