We left the apartment early, and headed towards the Rialto
Some buildings along the grand canal, which carves out a curvy path through Venice. Public transport is by boat and uses this main artery. It is really easy to get around.
Buildings with this look are everywhere
It seems like such an interesting place to live, but supposedly, high rents have pushed most locals out and Venice is essentially a tourist town.
Boats are everywhere, and most have names
A mask shop, we decided to go in
Kristin found a mask that she liked, and
Bought me a nice leather mask for valentine's day. We wore these for most of the day.
Some more houses on the canal
A gondola, these cost about 120 bucks for a 30 minute ride
The canals floweth over
This place does not seem real, and in a few years, it may not be. There are talks about turning Venice into an amusement park.
So crowded, like a club around here
Love these plague masks
The Grand Canal
Some more gondolas, these things are so ubiquitous that their charm has a half life of about 12 hours. Since they are very expensive, I would advise that if you bring a girl to Venice, tell her that you will do a gondola ride on the last night, a farewell ride. This will probably save money. I will let you know if this works for me.
Dog running after an orange
We decided to head north and take a ferry out to the surrounding islands since Venice was so crowded with the carnivale crew
We just randomly popped into this church, Gesuiti
It was extremely impressive
The noon light lit up the interior, but it did not warm it up much. Freezing.
Venice has all these intriguing looking islands in the lagoon surrounding it.
We save alot of money eating pizzas and sandwiches. Though, we tried to save money later in our day on some six euro pizza, but we were each charged 4 euros just to sit down. Awful, just awful.
Salame and fresh bread
Venice Lou. Around this time, we went into a bar called Tortuga, and louie louie was playing. We both agreed that the convergence of themes was quite serendipitous.
She looks a hell of a lot more approachable than
On our way to Burano
We would love to take a boat to our 300 year old church on Sundays.
Murano, the glass blowing centre of Italy
Water and Sky
Stepping off the boats in Burano, we immediately noticed something, colors everywhere
A bike and an old building
We think it was probably laundry day
A pink house, why not?
Random clown decorations
Every building has a unique color
We really liked this Burano place
Every direction was beautiful
Definitely worth the 40 minute boat ride from Venice
Kristin finally peeled off her mask
The church tower here has a bit of a lean to it
We were wondering if people commuted by boat to work in Venice, since most buildings seem like homes and not guesthouses.
Color really adds alot of character.
I believe this is Torcello, Hemingway's favorite hunting grounds
Kristin called this the Christmas house
The sun was ridiculously bright
Even the clothes?
...the truth. Most of these guys had ridiculous pro cameras, flipping out over the contrast with the bright blue background.
Lesser attractions, they should know to pick a bright background to pose in front of.
The main drag
Black never looked so out of place
Too much light blue?
We both loved this place
A quiet footpath
We seriously spent the whole day walking aroind in awe like we had never seen color before
We decided that we were hungry
So after much thought,
and the creepster
Burano is also known for its s shaped biscuits
Wine is really cheap here
We walked to the tower
And got kind of lost
We prayed for the right path
Kristin took the lead
We finally found the dock
And boarded a boat headed for venice
We had difficulties explaining to thsi guy that we wanted the sunset in the picture
It was nice watching the sun set as we arrived back in Venice
Almost looks fake
I am pretty sure that Monet used the building on the left
for his painting Dusk
What do you think?
Pulling into San Marco
One after the other, like an assembly line
The Piazza San Marco was very full
This guy had a motorbike built into his snail, was really zipping around
The main stage
The mask goes back on
A lion made of veggies and fruit, check the carrot paw detail
We spent the night just walking around narrow alleyways, taking the long way home
We watched this band for a while, they guy shouted poetry while his bandmates played instruments from a nook by the drummer
For one song, he walked around the crowd drinking Jim Beam and acting really drunk, before getting into a real somber number. It was pretty weird.
Happy Valentine's Day