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Saturday, November 3, 2007

I just realized that I'm running out of adjectives to describe each of these amazing places! Venice is, quite honestly, the most unique stop we made on our trip! It is built on 118 islets within a lagoon. It actually began as a small fishing village in the 5th century, AD. Throughout the centuries Venice became prosperous and became a target for pirates. This led to the building of castles and the creation of the Venetian Army. Venice continued to grow and prosper and it's unique design lured artists and musicians including Vivaldi, Verdi and Wagner. Another "famous" Venetian was Casanova who supported himself by writing, gambling and seducing women. He was imprisoned and later escaped from the prisons which were attached to the Doge's Palace via the "Bridge of Sighs." It was named because people could literally hear the prisoners "sigh" as they were led across the bridge and spotted their last look at their beautiful city of Venice.

St. Mark's square is the meeting place for anyone who comes to Venice. This large square is surrounded by St. Mark's Cathedral, The Doge's Palace, The Clock Tower and lots and lots and lots of shopping!!

The other extremely odd thing about St. Mark's square is the thousands and thousands of pigeons that "hangout" in the square. People were actually buying bird seed from a vendor so they could feed these disgusting birds. Of course, being that they ARE disgusting birds, they don't just walk around and politely eat. They jump on people, on their heads, their arms and just basically hang all over them! I'm sorry, but I just don't understand the lure of spending money to have dirty birds dance on my body!

One last thing about "________" (fill in your own adjective) Venice is the historical and beautiful gondola boats! They are very beautiful and it was very fun going on one of these famous romantic symbols!

Goofy picture, huh?

Thanks for reading!

1 comments to Venice:

Sue "T" said...

Venice also sounds amazing, except for the yicky pigeons in St. Marks Square. That looks like me trying to feed the seagulls in Maine, loving every moment of it, until one pooped on my head.....then, it was "kill the gulls" hehe.
Oh honey, you and Rod got some absolutely gorgeous pictures. Have you made or are you going to make an album with captions of your trip?
I got chills when you told of the prisoners sighing as they were led across the "Bridge of Sighs" and spotted their last look of their beautiful city of Venice.
I have always wanted to ride a gondola boat. Was it like in the movies?? With you laying back into Rod's arms and the little man standing behind you with the long stick to propel the gonola? Am I a romantic, or what? hehe.
And, absollutely NO, that picture of you and Rod is not goofy. It is oh so cute, another wonderful memory Annette.
Many hugs and blessings,
Sue :-)