Bleubeard and Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover
I have chosen something from another of our travels, when we visited 7 Italian cities in 7 days!! It also includes part of the travel journal I made.
This was posted on the 23rd October 2013
Oh! Venice - I loved you but I don't think I'll be back! Those of you that know me well know that I am not a water baby so boat trips are not my favourite thing!! Of course, getting to Venice from a coach park requires a boat journey, then there's the pre-booked gondola(thanks to hubby!)and then the boat journey back to the coach park! That all sounds ok, the water(apparently) isn't that deep and friends had assured me that it was always like a mill pond! Huh!! Our tour manager (lovely David) said on the way in to Venice on the first boat trip said he'd never seen it that choppy in all his times to Venice! THEN…..our tour guide, a local Venetian said that they were expecting an exceptionally high tide and seemed to be rushing us to the gondola station…..we were one of the last three gondolas to go out! Six of us set off in ours and got to the first bridge, the gondolier tipped us over on to one side to get the front of the gondola under the bridge and then on to the other side to get himself under. I couldn't believe it when we went out on to the Grand Canal with big boats passing very close! I will tell you no more except to say hubby filmed my reaction at one point to show the family!!! Getting back to the gondola station was a big relief but….I DID IT!!! Me - a gondola - Yay!!
Yes, the grey hair bottom left is mine!!(probably gain a few more during the trip!)
Venice is certainly beautiful, I loved the views down the narrow lanes, the crumbly buildings, the bridges, the canals(except while I was on one!)the shops and St Marks Square - which floods so much that they put up walkways when it's high tide(aqua alta)! Here are some photos in no particular order!
|Two very grand looking gondolas|
|I missed this but hubby took a photo|
|A shop that makes masks|
|Love the texture here|
|A staircase built just to show that the family were important|
Since then I have changed my mind…I think I would visit Venice again if I could!
There are several related posts around this time - here, here, here and here if you would like to see the other cities we visited
I loved Italy even though we were travelling around at quite a pace - we used three hotels, although the last one was just an overnight stop before returning home! Would I do it again?….m-a-y-b-e not!!
Thanks for looking at my Second Look on the and I am looking forward to seeing more Second Looks at Elizabeth's blog, Chris