Wednesday, June 28, 2006

July 28, 2006

Day 37
Friday, July 28, 2006
Venice, Italy

Gondoliers waiting for passengers
After a good night’s sleep, we both feel better.  After having the complimentary breakfast at our hotel, we head out to walk around Venice.  Venice is separated into six districts, but we stay mainly in the San Marco district.  After running some errands (Post Office, haircut), we get lunch at one of the small cafes.  Then we decide to take an audio tour of Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), which is now a museum.  This Gothic-Renaissance pink and white marble palace was both the former residence of the dukes (doges) of Venice and the seat of the Venetian government.  It is huge, encompassing a half acre in a square formation.  We don’t hurry but take our time going on the audio tour.  There are so many rooms that are enormous.  The rooms don’t have paint or wallpaper, but instead the walls and ceilings are covered with framed masterpieces of art.  Very impressive.  We also walk through the Bridge of Sighs which connects the palace to the prison.  This is the last time a prisoner could look out a window and see the beauty of Venice before being thrown into a jail cell for the remainder of his life.

Tonight we have dinner reservations at Do Forni, and then a gondola ride.  As it turns out, our dinner was fantastic but shortly after dinner a storm blew in and we weren’t able to take a gondola ride or stroll in St. Mark’s Square as we had planned.  

Scenes from Venice, Italy

Sandro and Natasha, our innkeepers in Venice

Gondolas near the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge in Venice

One of the many canals in Venice

Carla and Benito at Coiffeur Benito (after Mike's haircut)

Entrance to Do Forni Restaurant

Fine dining in Venice at Do Forni

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