Wagner, waltzes and water
Venice is just such a special place, never experienced anything like it! A city of no cars, no motorbikes, only boats. Little bridges everywhere, the most beautifully ornate front doors, flowers at windows, just so sweet.
It felt so strange to get off a train, walk out the front of the station.. and find yourself on a wharf boarding a water bus to cross the Grand Canal to get to the city of Venice.Though beautiful... it is expensive, Our room was spectacular decorated in the Venetian Style, we walked out the door, about 12 paces, and were in St Marks Square. We watched a high tide come in and flood the square, ankle deep! freaky stuff. Enjoyed the atmosphere in the square last night, bands playing Vivaldi and Wagner, beautiful lighting from the old lamp posts and the old architecure throwing beautiful shadows. I felt like waltzing around through the water!
We stood on one of the little bridges and listened as a Gondelier sang his song...beautiful..all dressed up in his striped shirt, little straw hat with flowing ribbons, pelting out some italian love song as he propelled his boat through the canal. When he finished everyone on the street and bridge applauded. Just one of many spine tingling moments Ive had in the last couple of weeks.We did not go for a ride in a gondola, the water bus ride was enough for me.. not fond of boats.
The lovely little quaint shops are full of Murano Glass, painted masks and jewellry. I loved all the glassware, but impossible to purchase as it would be at such risk of damage on the way home.
It was fascinating to watch the going ons of everyday life ..without motorised transport, The venetians use little boats for eveyrthing, moving rubbish, delivering goods, One was all trussed up as a fruit shop, every kind of vegie and fruit, being sold out of the gondola.
The size of Venice shocked me, it is very large...and easy to get lost in..as we found out!
There is also a large park/garden area, full of sculptures and planted with fragrant plants...an attempt to hide the low tide stink...which wasnt as bad as the Colac Lake stink...ha.
A very beautiful and unusual city....on to Milan....xxx