Venice

Venice was my favorite location we went to and we had two days there! The city was so unique and had a really great vibe to it. If I were moving abroad, I would highly consider Venice.

On the first day, we didn’t pull in until 2:00PM which finally gave us a chance to sleep in. After waking up and having a leisurely breakfast, we played another round of mini golf. Travis won this one. He also wanted me to tell you he got a hole-in-one. Showoff.

We went up on deck around noon to get some sun, read, and stake out good spots to watch as we pulled into Venice. It sounds crazy to plan two hours in advance where to stand when you pull into a city, but it was very necessary and very worth it. The views from the cruise boat where some of the best that we got and the decks were packed! We even witnessed a fight break out between two people about a place to stand and take pictures from.

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The deck you see in this picture was the least packed deck because it was only for certain people. Most decks were rolling 3 people deep.

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St. Mark’s square

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PACKED with people

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Bridge of Sighs

We had to take a water taxi to get into Venice. The walk from the cruise terminal would have been too long. There are no cars, scooters, or bikes allowed in Venice, only boats and feet.

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We saw Elton John’s summer house in Venice. He wasn’t in town though.

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We first went to the island of Giorgio Maggiore, visited the church, and walked around the island.

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Next, we went to the island of Murano to watch the glass blowers. I am fascinated by glass blowing so this was really neat for me to see.  Then we walked around their showroom. However, they didn’t allow pictures of their products because they had so many original pieces. It was also incredibly expensive! We finally found the cheapo person room and I got a pair of earrings.

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Next, we went on a gondola ride! Its a very touristy thing to do in Venice, but it is a must. Its really the only way to view certain parts of the city since you can walk everywhere. It can get very costly, but you get a group together it makes it much more affordable. We rode with four other people: a couple from Texas and a grandmother/grandson duo from Oregon. The worst part was Travis and I didn’t get to sit next to each other. No kissing under the Bridge of Sighs for us!

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Travis got the seat at the end of the gondola

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I thought our gondolier looked like Fabio

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Here you can see the rest of our group

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Last, we decided to walk around St. Mark’s Square. As you could see from the earlier pictures, its packed in the afternoon. However, it calms down a lot in the evening (its also less busy in the morning).

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Since we didn’t get to kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, we’ll kiss next to it.

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We were pretty exhausted and knew we had an early morning the next day, we decided to go to bed early.

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We would always end our day with looking at the Cruise Compass for the following day so we know what activities to expect on board.

The next day we woke up energized and ready to see more of Venice. We started out with going to Doge’s Palace.

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A place to tell secrets about your neighbors. You could drop papers in its mouth.

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Golden staircase

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24 hour clock. The arm stays put and the clock circles around

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Whenever a Doge would betray the city, they got their picture blacked out

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Crossing the Bridge of Sighs. It is called the Bridge of Sighs because prisoners would be transported from the prison to their judgment across this bridge. I bet they weren’t smiling this big when they crossed the bridge.

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Prison door

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View off the Bridge of Sighs

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Then, we went into St. Mark’s Cathedral. It was my favorite thing of the entire trip, so of course, they didn’t allow pictures on the inside. There were no painted pictures, only marble and mosaic. The line was very long, so get tickets in advance!

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We then saw another glass demonstration, but this time, they gave us more information. We also got better seats for this one. We learned how they make different colors and why some cost more than others (the red is made with gold). Also, the glass blowers have specialties. For example, chandelier makers are different from the vase makers.

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We then looked around the Royal Palace and National Archeological Museum. Napoleon stayed in the Royal Palace. There were no pictures allowed.

Next, we walked to the Rialto Bridge. It was very crowded and not nearly as impressive as it could have been.

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We were told the best way to get to know Venice is to get lost in it. So that’s what we did! We walked/sat along the grand canal, we sat outside and had a coffee(me)/Fanta(Travis), we watched people walk up to the armory, see its not open to the public, and walk in anyway, and wandered through giardini (garden).

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Once we got back on board, we watched this adorable French couple ballroom dance in the centrum. I want to be like that couple some day. More dance classes Travis?

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The show that night was The Voice UK finalist Toni Warne. She was amazing! My favorite show of the cruise!

To end the evening, we went to the masquerade party and watched the mask fashion show.

I love Venice! When can I go back?

 

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