Lesson #4: The straight path isn’t always possible! Enjoy the journey.
Venice is pretty, but it’s difficult to find things. Perhaps the fault lay with our map, but I think it also had something to do with the canals. We’d take what we thought was the correct winding path between buildings, find a piazza, take another winding path, and wind up at a dead end at a canal. Backtrack, find another winding path, repeat. Once we crossed a bridge over a small canal only to find that the bridge simply led to a grocery store. Buy a Fanta, go back across the canal, find another winding path.
So, we actually did find the things we were looking for. But the paths to get to them were never straight-forward. Which is pretty perfect when you just want to wander anyway. Venice is perfect for wandering.
The winged lion is the symbol of Saint Mark and the symbol of Venice. They’re everywhere. Here are a few examples.
Besides wandering, we took a service gondola ride,
visited the Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo,
and the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which contains a number of incredible works of art (no photos allowed). The Titian altarpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, is completely stunning, so I have to include the photo from Wikipedia here, though the photo doesn’t do the painting justice. The light at the top of the image just glows, as if the sun really is shining through behind it.
- Take a gondola ride in Venice (alliesockwell.wordpress.com)
- Venice On A Budget (breakyourcage.com)
- Picturesque Images of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (italy.answers.com)