Italy Extravaganza~ Day IX, Part I

Well, here we are. Venice, at last. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to Venice. To be sure, the city is beautiful and I’m grateful to have had a chance to go but this is the middle of the summer in one of the most romantic cities in the world. I have agoraphobia, which made it very difficult to deal with the crowds. This is one of the reasons why I didn’t take as many pictures as you might have expected here. That was the same at a few iconic places in Florence as well. As is becoming standard, if you want more pictures of something I will always be willing to do an addendum post once this is all over, if I have any more shots of the desired sight in question. There were two things that stuck out to me about Venice. The first was that, as was the case in all of Italy, the food was really expensive. That being said, this was a whole different level. We went into a bar at one point, which granted was a famous place, and getting three cokes was the price of a meal. The other thing was that I felt a tug in a city for the first time and my parents indulged me. For those of you who don’t  know what I mean, I like to think of it as a gut feeling, or instincts that I need to do something or go somewhere. So we went in the direction I wanted to go in, letting that tugging feeling guide me. It was worth it. Here, with no further delay, is the beginning of the Venice posts.100_1369

In order to get into Venice proper, that is the cool part you want to see, you have to park the car some ways away and then get a bus to just outside the city. It was not, after all, built with tourists in mind. This graffiti on an overpass caught my attention on the way into the city.

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Venice is just amazing beautiful. Both my mother and father had been there before when they were much younger, though not together ironically. They went in the late summer/fall when the tourists are not quite so plentiful. I came in June. You can see the problems. Well, not in this picture.

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A park! I wish we could have gone in. Of course, this is a park in Italy, so likely it would have cost us all our monies.

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That is the Duomo in the background I believe. I really liked this shot, with the bridge and the canal going off into the distance. If only there were less people.

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Another shot of the Duomo in the distance. Right in front of us is one of the “stations” that the boats stop at along the various canals.

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I really like these shots of streets from the ground level. I like trying to give you the impression of really staring down the street and wondering what you’ll find next. If I had a video camera I would have recorded this kind of thing.

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A co at of arms that has seen  better days.

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I really wish I had the forethought to get some shots of the stalls that litter the city everywhere you go. Still, this second street level shot is really quite fun too.

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Out of all the cities we visited, my favorite was Milan. I liked it because it felt like I had gone back in time to the 1950’s and was an extra in Roman Holiday or something. This is pretty close to that. It’s not bland, but it’s in no way overly ornate. I’m a fan.

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This city has more huge churches than you can shake a stick at.

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This wall is less than inspiring, though. I was surprised it was part of a church.

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More graffiti.

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This is the church we stumbled into thanks to me following my nose such as it were. The light that shines down through those windows makes the place so bright. As much as I love Romanesque architecture, I have to admit that the high arches are quite impressive. And it’s also very simple, yet not without it’s charm.

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I really loved the windows. This was a very exciting find, and it was just off the beaten path enough that it felt like a genuine discovery.

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One more to give a sense of scope of the building.

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This is when I discovered the dome in the middle to front of the building. This is so cool!

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One more of the dome. I think that I really liked how bright this church was because it lifted up my heart and we were so very tired that day.

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A painting in the church. I believe this place had relics of St. Lucy in it. Not sure if this is her, but this place needs repairs.

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And this was the altar where they put her relics. It’s pretty incredible, even though I was more interested in the ceiling. Yeah, I know. I’m just weird like that.

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And here are the relics.

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A shot from the back, again for scope and the sheer size of this building.

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This was above the altar I believe, in the church we just got out of.

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“Hey, take a picture of dad when he’s not looking in front of the canal!” “You’re weird, mom…but ok.”

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I really love this shot of the building with the canal around it going off into the distance. Even the everyday buildings are so beautiful.

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“Hey, take another shot of dad not looking in front of the canal!” “Is this going to be a thing mom.”

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“Hey, take another shot o…” “He’s looking right at us, mom.”

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And here’s another of those old man heads I love.

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I think the best part of Venice really is just the everyday buildings. They’re so beautiful that I took far more pictures of them than I should have.

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Damnit! Stupid canopy! I’m trying to take pictures of the buildings!

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I wanted to go in that building. I don’t think we did.

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Oh, I’m smarter than I remember being. Here is a picture of one of the many, many stalls that dotted Venice. In most cases I would have been mad, but they still felt like the belonged here.

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One of the coolest graffiti pieces I ran into in the entire trip. It was tucked away in an alley and I had to stop and take a picture of it.

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I just wanted the murals. No idea what building this is.

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Oh yes! That bridge griffon is awesome. Really, I would be guessing the bridge has to do with one of the four evangelists so holy lion on the bridge. I could be wrong, though.

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Such an awesome shot, straight down the street.

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I can’t read that from here. but it must have caught my eye for some reason.

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As funny as it was to see Spirit right there, the rest of it is kinda ugly to be honest. It made me sad to see that in old Venice.

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I believe this was part of a building that had a bank in it. Even the bank had such an epic building.

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Very small random church we ran into. I have no idea what to make of this.

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And I have never seen that symbol before.

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If it’s a church, it’s in a very Eastern style.

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I wanted this one because those steps lead up into a square and I wanted a wide shot of the buildings.

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     And here is one last shot of a street with some stalls. Look at how many people there are! We didn’t even go into some places because the lines were too long and it was, quite frankly, too hot overall. Well, that’s the first Venice post. Until next time.

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