Day 4 – Still Exploring Venice

We were rudely interrupted by the 6:30 alarm.  I (Leif) tried to quickly dress & get out the door before Bonnie was totally awake.  Of course, the street noises were going to start pretty soon anyway.

Off I went for some early AM shots.  My aim was to get an early morning shot in San Marco Square before all of the damn tourists showed up.  I was in luck….only a few people cleaning up the square & opening some shops.  The lights were still on around the top of the buildings, so I managed to get one before the lights were turned out.  I quickly went from there to the gondola berths along the San Marco docks, to get a couple of shots before it got too bright.  Success!

That was enough other than getting some shots on the way back to the hotel.  Wow, did I get turned around!!  I found myself at, or close to, the Rialto bridge twice!!  I insist that I wasn’t lost, since you can’t get lost on an island.  Anyway, it took me about an hour to find my way back.  Oh, did I mention that it was raining lightly for a good part of that time?  By the time I got back, I was wet, tired, sore feet, but a short lie down & a shower got me back to normal.

After breakfast, after 11:00, off we went again for more exploring.  The major thing we did yesterday, for at least 2 hours, was tour the Doges Palace.  The architecture & the artwork was nothing short of awesome & overwhelming.  To think that most of what was in there dated back to the 14th century.  Some of the artwork & statues were under restoration.  What a skill that would take!

When we left the Doges, I was going to take the elevator ride up the bell tower.  I stood in line for a while & hadn’t even made it to the ticket booths, so I bailed on that plan.  We made our way back to the hotel to put our feet up for a while before going out for dinner.  We were meeting up with another photographer friend, from the Richmond Hill Camera Club, and his wife – Dass & Jill.  Dass is in Venice for an 8-day photography workshop with Richard Martin, a photographer from Kingston.

We had arranged to meet in the centre of San Marco, so it was no problem finding each other.  We planned on a quick dinner, since they had arrived around noon.  They were very tired & mostly wanted to get back to their hotel for some catch-up sleep.

It was a little cooler today with light rain off & on, but nothing to stop us from enjoying the day.  The food has been wonderful!

It had been a long day for us too, so we went back to the hotel, laid down to read for a while & didn’t get back up.  Lights out…..gone for the night!

No time to get pics ready for today.  They’ll be added tomorrow.

Early Morning at San Marco

Early Morning at San Marco

Dancing Gondolas

Dancing Gondolas

Doges Palace

Doges Palace

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