Monday, January 14, 2008
AHHhhh... AND ON TO BELLA VENEZIA
I think that everyone should travel to Venice at least once in their lifetime. It is an adult Disneyland.
There is so much to see and take in that you must stop and breathe in the ambiance!
The colors of the buildings and the design of the architecture, the little bridges over the canals that are everywhere. Look down and you might catch a gondola quietly gliding by. The maze like walkways that seem to bring you to a dead end,but turn the corner and you keep on going.
These are what set Venice apart from any other place out there!
Venice is completely a pedestrian city, and if you want to get somewhere other than by foot there are the vaporetti, which are a ferry-like boats that deliver you to stops along the Grande Canal, other wise take a walk with me through the ancient walkways and try to get lost!
There is so much to see and explore. There is no way to get yourself lost as there are signs pointing to certain important landmarks. It is impossible to use a map and find yourself, so fold the map up and save it for reference when you have time to study it in your room. Once you've arrived at one of the landmarks, you are easily back on line.
When we arrive at our hotel we unload and out the door we go looking for that adventure!
I can't tell you how many hours and miles we have walked around bella Venezia.
We have found a wonderful place to stay about a 5 minute walk to the most wonderful landmark for Venice, The Piazza San Marco, or Saint Mark's Square, the gathering place of all tourists, and a must see.
We like to go there and watch the people and listen to the classical orchestra playing to entertain their customers of the ritzy restaurants,that spill their tables and chairs out into the square as if they owned the place. You are tempted to sit and order, but there is a heavy price that goes with the sitting and enjoying, so we opt to stand and pretend that we are being played for, a couple dancing the waltz in the piazza as if they were the only couple around, enjoy the music, we join them.
Burano is a sleepy little island found in the Venice Lagoon, one of our favorites. Famous for lace making for centuries.
Lemon yellow, red, grass green, tangerine, purple!! Not colors of Crayons, but colors of houses on this island.A bit bright but wonderful for Burano!~ Let's see, which color do I want my house to be?
Our little trip has taken us 26 days. We have enjoyed visiting new places and places we have returned to;to have yet another look. It feels like we are home at those places revisited.
We have thrown kisses to the moon to our grand son and grand daughter, to let them know that even though we are not there to give them a hug, we are there in spirit, always loving them.
And as I write these last few sentences to close this chapter of our 2007 Holiday, I find myself longing to pick up my passport and board an airplane to another distant destination.
I guess it's in my blood!