Saturday in Venice
Saturday 16th June 2012
St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace in the morning followed by the Lido in the afternoon.
On the way to St. Mark's from the Rialto bridge after getting a vaporetto from our hotel.
Lots of numbers.
First glimpse of (the side of) St. Mark's Basilica. Partly covered by scaffolding but still glorious.
The front of St. Mark's.
Me and St. Mark's.
Two of the four horses plundered from Constantinople.
The winged lion - symbol of St. Mark and of Venice.
More schwag looted from Constantinople.
Inside the courtyard of the Doge's Palace.
We had it all to ourselves when we arrived!
The golden staircase.
View from one of the windows in the armoury of the Doge's Palace.
View out of the window of the Bridge of Sighs, as we crossed over to the prison.
Leaving the Doge's Palace now to head to St. Mark's.
One of the two statues on columns in St. Mark's square.
The Bridge of Sighs from the outside.
I thought Mum might like this.
A quick espresso in Lavena on St. Mark's square. Amazingly only 1 euro!
The two columns with statues atop.
Now on the lido, after a Vaporetto ride from St. Mark's. This Art Nouveau hotel was rather eye catching.
Chie having a paddle on the beach at the lido.
An early lunch at the lido.
Incidentally this beach was next to the beach of the (now closed) Hotel des Bains - where the closing scene of Visconti's Death in Venice is set.
Another big change of location - we took the vaporetto from the Lido to the North of the main island - Fondamenta Nuove.
...and then decided to meander our way back from their to our hotel.
Walked past this place - Arte dell Pizza - which I'd read good things about. So couldn't resist stopping off for lunch number 2. Here's the chap making our pizza.
...and here's our pizza.
After an afternoon nap back at the hotel, we ventured out once again to try and find a coffee shop I'd heard about.
This picture is taken to try and highlight the difficulty of figuring out which street you're on in Venice - this street can be referred to by any one of these three names.
Finally we found the coffee shop - Torrefazione - nowhere near where it originally appeared to be on the map.
An iced coffee and an espresso.
The Fondaco dei Turchi, now the Natural History museum.
Some red and green pepper I'd bought earlier in the coffee shop, which also sold a selection of spices.
Once again on the vaporetto.
We were determined to try the traghetto - the little gondola ferries which let you cross the grand canal for a mere 50 Euro cents.
There's the gondolier.
A rather nice lamp.
Chie and I standing up on the gondola, as apparently you're supposed to - this was actually quite scary. We later saw other people sitting down and sort of wish we'd done the same.
After getting off the traghetto.
Some other people being taken back across.
Column capitals in the fish market.
Once more down the grand canal on the vaporetto - we really go our money's worth out of the 72 hour ticket.
The Fondaco dei Turchi bathed in evening sun.
Rather envious of these people's balcony overlooking the Grand Canal.
View from the Rialto Bridge.
Chie on the Rialto Bridge.
Where Chie wanted to go for dinner. Unfortunately it was full.
Where we actually went for dinner. Not that great, but not terrible either.
To demonstrate how crowded the vaporetto was, even this time of night.