Although we're staying in Lido de Jesolo, across the Bay of Venice from the city, last week we were part of the huge influx of tourists who visit this remarkable city with stone buildings that rise out of the sea, as if by magic when viewed from the distance. After a convenient bus ride to the ferry port and a relaxing, air conditioned 45-minute ferry ride, we approached Venice.
As with other visits, my heart thumped with excitement. Venice is eternal. Venice is beauty. Venice is romance. Venice is imagination.
|San Marco's (St. Mark's) church in the piazza. The exterior pressure washing finally completed, the church is magnificent! The doge's palace is to the far right. Musicians play in the evening across from the church.|
|Venice spreads out from San Marco's. This canal runs from the Grand Canal, in the far distance. There are no cars, etc. in Venice. However a causeway does link Venice with Italy's mainland, with a parking lot for those who own cars.|
|Along the way, so many shops. This linen shop caught my wistful eye.|
The latest fall fashions on display.
|Except for the piazzas, passageways are narrow throughout Venice. Everything comes in by boat.|
|Amid all the shops, these actors in the theatre district handed out flyers advertising a play during a festival the following weekend.|
|Of course, Venice wouldn't be Venice without a gondola ride. This is one of the passenger loading areas.|