Tuesday, 18 September 2012

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs.

We spent three days in Venice and had a truly wonderful time there. Yes, it was full to bustin' with tourists and yes, we found it expensive, but what a magical place it is! My favourite morning was spent simply getting lost amongst Venice's small, traffic-free streets and  less crowded campi (squares), discovering many charming places along the way.  
Saint Mark's Square was the kids' favourite. My animal-loving boys took a bread roll from breakfast each morning to give to the pigeons and they flew down en masse to receive their tasty treat. The other big tourist attractions were pretty impressive too. The views from the Campanile were simply breathtaking and the Doge's Palace, with its beautiful architecture, art, and of course the Bridge of Sighs, was incredible. The streets in the Jewish Quarter were quiet and peaceful, giving me ample time to share with my kids that this area is where the word ‘ghetto’ was originally coined.
We took the boat to Murano and visited just about every furnace and glass shop on the island. Seafood is a big part of Venetian cuisine and was rather intriguing to this Jewish family who stick to a kosher diet. The Rialto Market was full of some interesting animals that the kids had never seen before and they were both captivated and a little repulsed all at the same time.
Venice was simply a great place to enjoy the scenery, beautiful buildings and people. We walked and walked and walked some more. There were more than enough nooks and crannies to explore to keep the boys entertained and they even found the shops, bursting with glass ornaments and Venetian carnival masks, quite fun!

And then our cases were packed. We had time for just one more pigeon feeding session at Saint Mark's Square. Our two and a half week holiday had come to an end and it was time to say our goodbyes to Venice and to Italy – for now anyway. I hope we'll be back someday.
* I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; / A palace and a prison on each hand. (Quote by Lord Byron who visited Venice in 1816).


Richard said...

great memories

Miss Val's Creations said...

Love the photos! What a great trip! The seafood looks a little creepy. Venice is definately on my list of place to visit someday!

Meeling said...

Wonderful! It is such an enchanting city. We took wandered and got lost, but being on an island, you can only go so far! During our "being lost" we came across the best antique store. We bought a vintage corkscrew and some other little trinkets - they sit out on a shelf and always make me smile.

Murano is lovely too!! I so enjoyed the glass blowing and brought home a lovely necklace as a keepsake. We also hopped over to Burano and had a delicious meal.

Lovely photos Lisa - so glad to hear about your time there.